Since my last post a month ago on poor opinion of Pixar/Disney's not-so-Brave effort, my life has become a pokemon stadium of chaos. My laptop shut down and refused to come back on. I believe it joined a union in protest to my looming deadline. So, I'm writing this blog post half on my mom's desktop, a fourth on my phone, and the rest on my little brother's iPad. Fun times, but a small complaint to what my family in Florida is going through right now.
My aunt had an aneurysm and underwent major surgery. She has now been moved to a facility for observation and care, where my uncle dotes on his soul mate as she slowly recovers. He's there night and day, whenever his job will allow him. He helps bath her, cut her hair, and assist with anything else the nurses do for his wife. It's an uphill battle and the amount of brain damage is still unknown.
I share this not to bring down the mood, but as a glimpse into a real romance. An example of true soul mates, going through the bad, the good, the joy, and the terrible. I'm breaking my usual tough girl exterior to talk about love. Lovey-dovey, mushy-gushy, hearts-and-flowers... No, the kind of love that maybe starts as that, but then grows into a bond that can overcome anything.
Seeing my aunt and uncle, the love between them and what it can do, has reminded me why I write romance, why all of my stories have romance in them. Romance, love, and all that lovey-dovey stuff... it exists and is often misunderstood and under appreciated.
Werewolves and vampires don't exist, but love does. Whatever sub-genre -- Paranormal or Historical, Contemporary or Science Fiction -- the romance is recognizable as the same and brings them all together. The way people love each other is a language that crosses borders and boundaries.
In a week I'll be with my fellow romance writers, making the trip down to Atlanta for Georgia Romance Writer's Moonlight and Magnolias conference. MY PEOPLE! If you are going to be there, please leave a comment or hit me up on twitter @drcydrke. I'll be admiring the beautiful shoes with my fellow Bad Girlz. I know it's going to be an amazing conference, seeing old friends and meeting new ones while learning from some of the best in the industry. There will be pictures!