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A man reserves his true and deepest love not for the species of woman in whose company he finds himself electrified and enkindled, but for that one in whose company he may feel tenderly drowsy. ~George Jean Nathan
This week's Guest Romance Editor
Nobody has ever measured, even poets, how much a heart can hold. ~Zelda Fitzgerald
Love can be something very hard to define. In the classic romance, love overcomes obstacles for two people to come together. Sometimes we have to remember all the other sorts of love. Defining a few of those could help you write something fresh. Making a list could be another way of coming up with new ideas for your writing.
Candle light, moon light, star light,
The brightest glow is from love light.
Things like the love a parent feels the moment their baby is born. Or the first time that child says their name. It could be the emotion you feel when your baby crawls on to Grandma's lap for a story. The pride a parent feels when a child succeeds.
Romance is dead - it was acquired in a hostile takeover by Hallmark and Disney, homogenized, and sold off piece by piece. ~Lisa Simpson, The Simpsons
Romace can be of simple things. People with enduring marriages know romance isn't always candles and flowers. Sometimes it's about being a helpmate when their partner can't carry their share. It's about making compromises. It should be about remembering the candles and flowers once in a while.
Ah me! love can not be cured by herbs. ~Ovid
Someone I know lost his spouse to lung cancer. While in the cancer ward, he met a woman who was losing her husband. Years later, they met again at a fund raiser for curing lung cancer. They agreed to go out together, dated and fell in love. An unexpected romance, wouldn't you say? Remember romance and love can happen when least expected.
There is no surprise more magical than the surprise of being loved. It is God's finger on man's shoulder. ~Charles Morgan
I hope this gives you a few ideas for your next romantic write. Write on!
Excerpt: It crawled through her skin like a thousand tiny beetles; thirsty, rushing to gorge on the sweet nectar that seeped from the core of her being. The nectar was for him, for those long, elegant hands that used to spiral softly down her breasts to the warm, pulsing threshold promising danger and beauty.
Excerpt: A flurry of leaves played about my feet in the breeze. They were every colour of warmth, reminding the world of the fading summer. Gold, tawny, yellow, auburn, red, orange, as though the trees had captured the blistering heat of the months before and were only now releasing it.
Excerpt: Only the soul abides... / Only love remains
Excerpt: As it happened to me / Did it happen to you?.
Excerpt: With her interest up, I went over and took down the rose colored bottle from the shelf. The label read “Lonely no More”. On the side there were directions.
Excerpt: Yours are not the hands of a soldier, / though you were a soldier, / with fingers long and slim.
Excerpt: A field of sunflowers / Turns to the sun / Its rays of pure gold / Cannot be outdone
Excerpt: was to be bethrothed to him, if he chooses me to be his wife, that is. I am eighteen years old and praying that he does.
Excerpt: a quiet hush gathers lovers / lifetime partners / sharing daydreams
Excerpt: Love is but a rose, filled with beauty laden crimson. The more petals it has on it, the more romance would be afflicted upon the one soul that longs for kisses, a tight, warm embrace, and a happily ever after.
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Excerpt: This is what love means and does to you.
Excerpt: Linda kept her eyes closed until Matthew left. When she opened them, she saw circles of light moving upward like wayward bubbles on a windy day.
Excerpt: Happy Valentine's Day to everyone at WDC.
Excerpt: The night air, usually crisp and dry, hangs in the bedroom like a thick stew. Cotton sheets stick to Brianna’s skin, encasing her body as she lies perfectly still, waiting. Sonorous breaths from the figure beside her mark the passing seconds, while her senses heighten in expectation of that one sound.
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