Valentine’s Day

14 Feb

Flowers, candy (hopefully chocolate), and all things sparkly. Valentine’s Day, love, and romance. This is the one day a year when almost everyone thinks about love. As writers, we think about it a lot more.

When someone asks you what your favorite book of all time is, I bet there’s a romance in it. Chemistry brings a certain essence to a book that is, in my opinion, essential. Oh, sure, there are books without romance that I enjoy, but they rarely end up being a favorite read. Without the tug of attraction to complicate the plot, the book may still be good, but with that extra depth, the same book becomes great.

We all have our own ideas of what’s romantic. Here are ours in no particular order.

Liz—Beautifully-appointed cabin. Woods. Snow. Tom Selleck thirty years ago.

Neysa—My most romantic Valentine’s Day would be to go with my husband to a yurt out in the woods, where all our meals are already there. A massage therapist comes to give us massages. Then we enjoy a lovely meal by the warm stove with some delicious Idaho wine and chocolate. In the morning, we can get up and go snowshoeing.

Janis—Warm, not hot summer night, with a little breeze. Dinner al fresco at a quiet place where we could talk without shouting. After dinner, we’d go for a walk in Kathryn Albertson Park, then we’d go home. The night’s not over, but that’s all you get. Some things are private!

Peggy—There’s nothing more romantic than a warm summer night in the Idaho mountains. A soft breeze would move the pine branches around overhead. The stars would sparkle down at us as we counted the ones shooting across the blackness and…

Clarissa—We don’t celebrate Valentine’s Day. I think it’s the day-to-day romance that counts. It may sound silly, but one of the most romantic things my husband does is bring me a Dr. Pepper. He hates the stuff, so if he buys it, I know he did it just to make me happy.

Meredith—a lovely sleigh ride through the woods to a remote and cozy cabin with a fireplace where we could: snowshoe or cross-country ski, read or watch movies, and enjoy a lovely dinner with a nice bottle of wine before the lights go out and we settle down in front of the fire on a soft, furry rug and . . .

Johanna—To me, romance is all about the moment. It’s having a need or a worry that another person understands and addresses. When I was pregnant with my first kiddo and craving V-8 juice, my husband would show up with his arms full of the stuff and it was far more romantic than roses or chocolate. When I was trying to wrap up my revision in December, worrying about the traditional Christmas things I wasn’t getting done? My husband asked what I thought was missing most. “The baking,” I said. So he took the kids shopping and together they baked. I was the recipient of guilt-free writing time and yummy treats. The most romantic Valentine’s Day is like any other romantic day. It’s about taking care of each other and being present enough in each other’s lives to understand the perfect romantic gesture. I’m thankful to be in a marriage where there is no lack of romance. We celebrate our 25th anniversary this summer.

Mary—Red roses, dinner out, and slow dancing (at home).

What is your fantasy or favorite memory of romance?


Posted by on February 14, 2012 in Blogs, books, imagination, inspiration



20 responses to “Valentine’s Day

  1. Liz Flaherty

    February 14, 2012 at 5:10 AM

    All the celebrations sound wonderful!

    • Peggy Staggs

      February 14, 2012 at 8:20 AM

      It’s so interesting to see the different ways people celebrate.

  2. JC Rosen

    February 14, 2012 at 6:30 AM

    All truly lovely ideas, but I’m with Johanna on this one. Make Valentine’s Day special by celebrating all the sweetness you and your loved ones share with one another throughout the year. Add flowers and chocolates to taste and fold in hugs.

    Take care,

    • Peggy Staggs

      February 14, 2012 at 8:27 AM

      We sometimes take our loved ones for granted. Valentine’s day is a great way to get back on track.

  3. Liz Fredericks

    February 14, 2012 at 7:27 AM

    My daughter scolded me – with an amazing air of superiority from someone who doesn’t realize that I owned sexy at her age, thank you very much – that no one knows who Tom Selleck is. So, in a nod to my lovely female children. I’d be ok with substituting Bradley Cooper if I had to get contemporary. And . . . oh what the heck, throw in Tom too.

    • Peggy Staggs

      February 14, 2012 at 8:29 AM

      All’s the pity. There were some sexy guys back when Tom was in his hay day.

  4. Janis McCurry

    February 14, 2012 at 7:28 AM

    I was going to say, Tom isn’t too shabby at his current age. Have you seen him in Blue Bloods? Very stately with an air of gravitas befitting his station.

  5. Janis McCurry

    February 14, 2012 at 7:28 AM

    Oh, and yeah, Bradley Cooper. Yum.

  6. florence fois

    February 14, 2012 at 8:34 AM

    Peggy and GSW’s … you think I could let this magical moment pass without one jab to the jaw? Ha, got’cha … I’ll spend this day killing off the third of my unsuspecting victims in a romantic suspense I am loving.

    Seriously Peggy, Tom looks better as Jesse Stone. I love that he let’s himself be older in that series. But who could forget those short, short, shorts he wore in Magnum? My favorite Valentine memory was a dozen red roses and tied with a satin ribon on the stem of one rose was a ring. A romantic way to propose? No. We were already married and he had a weakness for giving me rings and things. I still have the ring, custom made, two pearls with two small rubies. It will be for my daughter to remember him. He is no longer in my life, but that one day stands out in many others. Happy Valentine to all GSW’s. You gals rock 🙂

    • Liz Fredericks

      February 14, 2012 at 8:44 AM

      Florence, you wild woman! I’m killing characters today too. No better way for a single writer gal to spend Valentine’s Day in my book!! Happy …. to all – Liz

    • Peggy Staggs

      February 14, 2012 at 2:21 PM

      What a lovely memory.

      I too, am busy putting my characters in harms way.

  7. Clarissa Southwickc

    February 14, 2012 at 9:50 AM

    Here’s wishing everybody a very happy Valentine’s Day! Thanks for putting this together, Peggy!

  8. Meredith Conner

    February 14, 2012 at 10:01 AM

    Happy Valentines Day everyone! Liz and Florence – you gals are one step ahead. I’ve just severely injured my character. No death yet. But a nice sexy scene planned for today. Yum.

    • Peggy Staggs

      February 14, 2012 at 2:23 PM

      I haven’t actually inflicted any bodily injury…yet, but I’m getting there.
      Happy Valentine’s day.

  9. Mary Vine

    February 14, 2012 at 3:35 PM

    Looks like several of you want to be in a cabin in the snow, or something similar. Very nice. I even remember that there was no one hotter than Robert Redford in The Way We Were. I go for Daniel Craig now. Happy Valentine’s Day!

    • Peggy Staggs

      February 14, 2012 at 3:44 PM

      As long as we’re picking…I’m going with Jensen Ackles.

  10. florence fois

    February 14, 2012 at 3:37 PM

    Peggy, Meredith and Liz … this is how trends are set. The new tradition for our Valentine … kill off a couple of them and even the odds 🙂

    • Peggy Staggs

      February 14, 2012 at 3:45 PM

      I’m all for evening the odds. ; )

  11. Johanna Harness

    February 14, 2012 at 6:03 PM

    Happy Valentine’s Day! 🙂


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