So, this is what 2012 is like… *walks around* *sniffs the air*
Okay, not too bad so far. No rejections at least so that’s something. Still, the year is but a nipper which means there’s plenty of time for Rs to come rolling in… Sigh. Positive much?
On the up side, my New Year started beautifully and romantically with the wedding of very dear and close friends of mine. It was organised in a week, the bride made her own bouquet out of felt and wire, drove herself to the wedding, and cleaned up afterwards (along with her new husband and guests!). Even though there was no notice to speak of and it was in the middle of the summer holidays, 65 people still turned up, all bringing a plate of nibbles to share! It was about 3 hours from start to finish and although my friends would shudder with horror at the very mention of them being romantic (they’re far too practical) I actually secretly thought they were. Very romantic. 🙂 It quite inspired me to write.
I was also pleasantly surprised a couple of days later to meet someone who, when they asked me what I did, burst into a happy shriek and confessed that she was a romance reader and had just bought herself a whole stack of Mills and Boon to read over the holidays. Now since confessing to reading romance in NZ is somewhat akin to confessing you like torturing small animals in your spare time, it was really great to meet another like-minded individual and have a chat about how there was nothing wrong with it! The reading romance, not the torturing of small animals…. Ahem. Of course my unromantic friend (whom we were staying with) then told the romance reader she should read my writing. And you know what? I said no. Because I found out I’m actually quite sensitive about people reading my stuff when it’s not really ready. And the story I was working on wasn’t ready. Plus it had a billionaire in it and this lady didn’t like alpha billionaires (though I mean really, come on, what’s wrong with an alpha billionaire I ask you??).
Still, I was moderately tempted to show her because it has been a story I’ve been enjoying writing. Quite a bit actually. And the billionaire isn’t really a billionaire, he’s a prince. And the heroine is a bodyguard who’s one tough chick. It’s the kind of story that makes you feel quite pleased with yourself for like….oh, at least the next five minutes. 😉 Or until the R rolls in. But it would have been quite interesting for someone I don’t know that well to have a look at it and see what she thought. Then again, she might have hated it because it does require some buy-in from the reader to make the fantasy work…
I guess that’s a whole other post though.
Still, a wedding and a nice chat about romance were perfect starts to my year. What about yours?