March 22 2016 Romance Weekly



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This week I asked our authors to list some insights into the psyche of their mind by learning about what movie or Network series that you LOVE to watch. What do you think the movie(s) or show(s) says about their creative personality?


Carrie Elks was before me in the hop today.

After reading my post, stop on by to see what movies or TV shows she watches obsessively.

Shows and series that I’m obsessed with in no particular order:

·      Walking Dead

·      Penny Dreadful

·      Billions

·      Lost

·      True Blood

·      Breaking Bad

·      Game of Thrones

I gravitate toward the weirder or supernatural themed shows. I’d probably watch more sci fi shows if I had cable, but I don’t. The ones listed are not necessarily horror. Penny Dreadful or True Blood could fall into the horror category, but really horror was just one aspect for both of those shows. I found Penny Dreadful to be more mystical and supernatural with an element of horror (it’s my latest obsession). There are so many layers to these shows and I think this is what I really like about them and the fact that on the outside someone would say this show is about X, but in fact there is more going on behind the scenes.

Another common theme I see in the shows I like is they are survival stories set in a time or place that isn’t as it seems. Nothing is normal.

Ironically, just the other day a friend of mine asked what is normal. I really don’t think there is a normal when it comes to people. We all have something unique about us that someone else could find very odd. Our TV show viewing habits, for instance.

I’m not sure what these shows say about me as a person or about my psyche. Maybe I like dark stories because it’s easy for me to find the light or some gleam of hope for the characters. I watch with that idea in the back of my mind hoping that the character is going to find their happily ever after even though if it’s not a romance they probably won’t. If a show give a happy ending when the series is finished then I write my version of it so that it does.

The other possibility is because I write about love I want to watch shows that aren’t’ necessarily about love as a balance for my inner state of mind.

Or maybe I just know what I like and that’s normal for me.

I’m excited to find out what other shows our authors are obsessed with. 


Brenda Margriet is next in the hop. Let’s find out what she watches.

See ya next week!


Look to the Sky for Creative Inspiration

Can an eclipse unblock creativity?

Can an eclipse unblock creativity?

I hope you were able to see the eclipse last night. It was pretty cool, but then again I’ve been fascinated with celestial objects since I was a kid. The moon turning red was the stuff of books, movies, and legends.

Unfortunately, eclipses have gotten a bad rap throughout history. They are associated with something foreboding, signify danger or impending doom. Once of my favorite movies, Practical Magic, has the main character’s sister cry, “Blood on the moon!” It’s a prediction of the bad stuff that’s to come in the plot and to the characters. You would think that if an omen as big and bold as a blood moon would make someone forgo rash decision making, but characters in books and movies tend to make poor choices at times. In this case, their use of magic in an inappropriate way leads to some crazy stuff. They can’t escape the omen and the consequences of their actions. (If you haven’t seen it, I recommend it. I love this movie.)

I wondered as I caught glimpses of the eclipse is how many creative people will be inspired by the moon? (That is if there were able to see it. There was a time when I thought the clouds were going to block it from sight all night.) Is it really a foretell of some horrible happening that’s yet to come or perhaps a positive event that unblocks our creative drive?

The moon itself has a bunch of characteristics that are downright crazy, causing anything from lunacy and madness to changing good people into werewolves or calling the devil up to roam the earth. Yet, Sunday’s eclipse instead of covering the moon completely in shadow had the light of the sun to illuminate it. There was a range of colors, gold, orange, and red.

If anything, seeing such an event will inspire me to imagine some great stories about what might happen under a blood red moon. Maybe I’ll go the old standard and create a story of danger or twist those myths around and write a tale of great love.

Wait a second … Practical Magic has both danger and love. Could the moon have inspired this story?

I hope this past weekend's moon helped you create great stories in whatever creative format you like.

Photo from

Wacky Wednesday June 17 2015

Picture by Fiona Riplee

Picture by Fiona Riplee

The wacky happenings of an author are probably the same as anyone else. It was a busy week since last Wednesday, filled with flowers, dinosaurs, and more flowers. Last Wednesday marked my 12th anniversary to my wonderfully romantic husband. I wonder where all the years have gone because there are times when it feels like yesterday we just got married. I had a surprise delivery of a pretty spectacular bouquet, which made my heart melt. What do you think? 

Picture from IMDB

Picture from IMDB




We also had a relaxing kid-free weekend. It had nothing to do with our anniversary. The grandparents needed some kid-time and we need some non-kid time. Worked out for all of us. We took the opportunity to see the new movie, Jurassic World. I am a fan of Jurassic Park and I wondered if this new movie would live up the original twenty odd years later. Nothing could replace the first movie, but the new one did leave me on the edge of my seat and had some pretty cool scenes. I'm glad I saw it on the big screen. I loved it.


Pictures by Fiona Riplee

Moving on into the weekend took us on a trip to Lowe's to purchase new plants for our landscaping. It took some creative man & woman power (and the very nice Lowe's employee) for us to pick out some flowering bushes and flowers for our front yard. I think it's going to turn out pretty good. There are still some additional plants we need before we can declare it finished but it's a good start. I spotted the same lilies that were in my anniversary bouquet and had to have them. Now, I'll have the memory of my special delivery always at hand.

So, there you have it - flowers, dinosaurs, and more flowers in this busy author's life.