"Oh, me, too."
I may have the words a little wrong and I am so sorry not to remember the full name of the indie author I was talking to. Her first name is Selena and she knows Kristi from their Crimson Romance days. We were talking at dinner at the Chicago North Spring Fling over the weekend, about how things had changed in romance. How many things were better. How one of us--that would be me--missed some things about the old days. (Note: the writer I'm talking about is Selena Laurence. It was so nice to meet her!)
And then Selena said some writers she knew wanted to get rid of the whole Happily Ever After thing in romance. That was when she said, "There's only one rule left."
I'm not going to borrow trouble and quote anything else that I may not have quite right, but I do wonder what others think of this. Do you want to see that last rule of romance bent so far that it will no longer be recognizable? Do you want to get rid of it all together? Or do you want to see it left alone?
A shout-out to my husband this week. That's the guy I'm with in the picture. Our 45th wedding anniversary is Sunday. I have said (nauseatingly often) that my worst day with him is better than my best day without him. We have had plenty of both and it still holds true. It's what Happily Ever After is all about and I am eternally grateful that yes indeedy, it does exist. I think it needs to be left alone, too.
Happy Anniversary, honey. Love you.