My internal response: "Well, he's bamboozled."
Sarcasm is my native tongue. The green-eyed monster has a permanent spot on my shoulder. And sometimes my inner monologue curses like a sailor (but only when it really helps).
But given a choice, I'm going to try to contain my own rain clouds and celebrate your sunny day. With the current news cycle, it's hard to maintain any sunny disposition. Tragedy, loss, the looming election--there's plenty to cloud up clear skies.
So, instead of blah-blah-blahing about how much I'm learning about writing novella-length stories, I wanted to take my chance to say thank you for the gift of romance.
To my friends here who are writing romance, thank you for doing the hard work to bring stories that encourage people. Writing is hard, but it's rewarding. For every person who needs a distraction in hard times, your work matters. Most of us were readers before we were writers so we know personally these stories about people who overcome obstacles to find happiness can lift spirits and encourage that thing called hope.
To my friends who are readers, our favorite people, thank you for helping me understand that I'm not alone here. Romance comes in so many shapes and sizes, but at its heart, it's about people and community and even the changes we wish for. Thank you for supporting that.
"I don't read those stories." I've heard it over and over and over, often enough that I don't even roll my eyes anymore. But I feel sorry for people who don't have the gift of romance which, to me, is all about hope.
There is power in the stories we choose. I'm thankful for the gift of romance and the Heartwarming community. What about you? Is there a book encouraging you now or a favorite re-read that you turn to when you need the lift?