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Writing Progress - Sushi and Suspicions

I’ve been working on Sushi and Suspicions , a Christian contemporary romantic suspense which will be releasing in June in the multi-author box set Summer Suspicions . Trouble follows Liv on her vacation to Hawaii when she is framed for the theft of an antique rifle. Only a handsome investigator can help clear her name ... and maybe give her a reason to stay in the islands. If you want to read a snippet of what I wrote last week, check out my last newsletter !

Romantic guys

Captain’s Log, Stardate 10.13.2006

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Heroes: I’m a TV junkie, I admit it. I’m hooked on the new series called Heroes. (It’s like X-Men, but before they realized their powers and came together to become the X-Men. And without the funky costumes.)

Okay, regardless of the X-Men type storyline, one of the heroines—a high school girl—is talking to a boy she likes, the quarterback of the football team.

He’s sweet-talking her and being very flattering.

She says he doesn’t really know her very well.

He goes into this romantic spiel about how he notices she draws unicorns in the margins of her notes in class, etc.

Now here I pause the TiVo and turn to Captain Caffeine.

Skeptical Asian wife: “That’s so un-guy-like! How realistic is it for a typical guy to say something eloquent and romantic like that?”

Captain Caffeine: “It sounds romantic because he’s the quarterback of the football team.”

Confused Asian wife: “What do you mean?”

Captain Caffeine: “If he were a computer geek, he would sound like a stalker.”

Captain Caffeine has a point, methinks.

So weigh in, peeps. Are your husbands romantic? Would they say Hollywood-worthy lines just off the cuff?

If you’re single, do you dream of Shakespearean poetry romancing you? Or would you rather he shut up and buy you a new novel?

TMI:

Writing: I posted another agent post at my Story Sensei blog today.

Revisions still going. (And going, and going, and going . . .) Please continue to pray for me, that I can get them done quickly.

Comments

Anonymous said…
My husband isn't a romantic guy when it comes to words. He's really sweet, otherwise!
Tami said…
My husband doesn't whip off praises that make me sound like a goddess, but he continually surprises me with words and gifts that show he really understands me. I wonder if we don't give men enough credit for going beyond the schmooze.
Unknown said…
Okay, I confess, my hubby IS a romantic. Sometimes. Other times he's a pain in the.... Okay, okay...for the most part, he's romantic and thoughtful and downright wonderful in the "sweet nothings" department.

Girl, I'm praying for you and those dirty, rotten revisions! Holler if you need to vent over them!
Anonymous said…
Well......I just asked my DH to be more romantic like he used to be. We'll see what happens...

Oh, glad you like "Heroes" - my cousin plays "Peter" (the young guy who thinks he can fly but kept dropping face first in the sandbox this past week!).
I'm a huge fan of Heroes already.

As for sweet talk, it doesn't really impress me. While it might be nice every once in a while, I'd rather a guy show me he cares with his actions.
Mark Goodyear said…
Can a guy chime in?

I consider myself romantic. I write poetry for my wife on my blog, for example. I prefer the metaphysical poets like John Donne, though, so I try to use startling imagery and disconcerting metaphors. I don't know if I would call "gecko toes" romantic exactly.

My wife would say, "Sure my husband is romantic, and he likes poetry. But that just means he sits on the couch with a bag of chips reading poetry instead of watching football."

True. True.
Anonymous said…
My husband is romantic in some ways but pretty words is NOT one of them. If he even tries to say something even remotely related to romance it comes out BAD! So he doesn't even try anymore. But he is a romance king when it comes to gestures. (Well, when he wants to be he is.)

And I agree with Captain Caffeine, if it was a computer geek instead of a football player a lot of people would think it was creepy instead of romantic. So sad, but true.
Anonymous said…
Hahaha! Well, I'm single and I often dream of guys saying romantic lines, but when it actually happens in real life, I get freaked out because it sounds so insincere.
Winter Peck said…
Okay, while we dated, hubby wrote poetry and some real tear jerking letters, but nothing real flowery and nothing since then. But honestly, can you picture a farm boy spouting off, I notice you draw unicorns? Nope, me neither.

Today, dh's idea of being romantic is saying, "Do you wanna?" Okay TMI, but he's military I'll cut him some slack.

To me, the most romantic part of my hubby is seeing him with our kids. He could write me poetry and buy all the flowers in the world, but nothing gels my legs more than watching him be a dad.

Okay, teary-eye moment!
Rachelle said…
Camy, my husband isn't naturally romantic but he tries really hard, and when he does it's HILARIOUS and we both end up laughing. He's a manly man -- a firefighter who rock climbs and plays hockey every spare moment -- and he knows I'm a "word" person so he attempts to say romantic things every now and then. It's so sweet and I think it's adorable that he still tries after all these years.
Domino said…
When we were dating, he wrote beautiful letters. He tried so hard to make it romantic. Now that we don't communicate with snail mail, few words are said with romance in mind. But I get hugs! Hugs are good!

Men are good at romantic actions. If I want to hear romantic words, I rent a movie.
Anonymous said…
Hi Camy - this is Mark Goodyear's wife! Actually, he is very romantic in varied ways, some subtle, some mind-blowingly obvious. ;) Not to embarass him or anything. And I did make that comment about poetry and the couch, but as long as he is writing it for me, he can sit anywhere he wants!
Anonymous said…
Oh, the worst part about being a single writer is falling in love with the romantic things my heroes say. I've had some romantic things told me in real life, but so far, that's as far as it's gone... *sigh* However, Romans 8:28 and God knows best. His timing is perfect, and mine isn't! *g*
Danica Favorite said…
Camy, Captain Caffeine is right.

That Man can be romantic when he wants to be, but usually when I'm about ready to up his life insurance policy again. ;)

For me, romantic words don't mean a lot unless they're backed up with actions.
Anonymous said…
Oh, I think I'd like a guy to sweet-talk me once in a while but if someone did it all the time, I'd start wondering. I'm not the kind of person who's ready with the "I love you"s all the time. I'd rather try to show people I love them than talk about it. And even then, I prefer to do something without making a big fuss about it. I don't want effusive thanks or praise.

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