Photo Journal

 

boardwalk rotary park environmental center

rotary park environmental center

boardwalk @ rotary park environmental center

rotary park environmental center

rotary park environmental center

view from the tower at rotary park environmental center

view from the tower at rotary park environmental center

rotary park environmental center

rotary park environmental center

rotary park environmental center

boardwalk rotary park environmental center

This week my sister and I went on a photo adventure to a local environmental center. Since we both have DSLR cameras and want to learn how to use them better, we came up with a plan to go out on some “photo assignments.” We’ve actually talked about doing something like this for a while but never made the time until now. I thought I’d post some of my more interesting (and less blurry) shots. A lot of these photos are random snapshots, which tells me that I need to work on my composition skills a bit more.  Actually, I need to work on a lot of photo skills, but for now I’ll work on composition. Focusing on one thing at a time is best.

We plan on creating photo journals in order to use some of the scrapbooking supplies we’ve amassed over the years. It will be interesting to see how we progress in our photography skills over time.

Song Title Inspiration

Once again, I’ve scrolled through my MP3 player to find some song titles to inspire your next story.  Quite an interesting mix of tunes. I see romance, Sci Fi, thriller…hey, even a little erotica.

Pick one, listen to the song if you’d like and then write a story. Next week I’ll give you ten more titles to spark your creativity.

 

Why I Read Romance

When I pick up a book, I want to be temporarily transported to another place and time. Most nights, one hour before bed, I read. For those sixty minutes I’m able to forget about the daily grind and immerse myself into another world. I look forward to this time. For me, reading has always been about escape. And that is what romance fiction is – an escape.

A lot of people think romance writing is crap. They call it fluff, trash, smut, a waste of time. I call it pure entertainment.

Here’s what I like about romance novels

  • Watching how the relationship develops and the excitement that goes along with that process – the first kiss, the ups and downs, misunderstandings, will it all work out in the end??? (yes, we know it will, but it’s still entertaining to read about what the hero and heroine have to go through on their way to a happy ending)
  • Quirky sidekick characters – great for a laugh and adds to the entertainment
  • Setting – from small towns to glamorous locales
  • Characters to root for – I want the heroine to win in the end!!!
  • A guaranteed happy ending – I mean, that’s really what it’s all about, isn’t it?

What I don’t like

  • Flat characters that have no chemistry. If you can’t relate to the characters, or worse, you just don’t like them, then who cares how it ends.
  • Stale, overdone tropes – secret babies, marriage of convenience, the big misunderstanding, etc. There is nothing wrong with these themes. They just need to be written from a fresh perspective.
  • Stories with too many characters and subplots. I hate it when I can’t remember who’s who in a book. It disrupts the flow if I have to stop and try to remember who a character is or what role they are playing in the story.

The bottom line is when I read I want to be entertained, and that’s what romance fiction does for me.

How do you feel about the romance genre? What do you like about it? What do you hate about it? Why do you read romance?