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Learning About Yourself Never Stops

February 7, 2013

“You’re never too old to learn.”  “Never stop learning.”

We all enjoy learning something new, especially if we reap some type of benefit from the knowledge.  Fortunately that is more often the case than not, learning things that are positive in nature.  If we were inundated with negative lessons, chances are we’d still be in the Dark Ages, because it would be so much safer not to learn anything at all.  That concept is mind-numbingly depressing.

Today I learned a little bit of something about myself as a writer.  A blogger from the Canadian side of the border reviewed my book “Speeding Tickets.”

She enjoyed the read well enough, but she also pointed out something about some of my characters that I hadn’t quite picked up on.  The two main characters are middle-aged, single people, but they apparently don’t “act” their physical ages.  Hmm. Well, I certainly had to think about that one, and you know, she was right.  They don’t act like some people I know over 50.  My hero and heroine act the way they feel inside, which is young and sometimes brash.  They are also naive at times, despite their life experiences.  Why?  It’s because they are still finding their way in the world.  Life has handed them tough lessons, but they have had enough positive lessons to stay interested in living and learning.  No matter how old they grow, their minds are going to stay curious, and their hearts are going to beat a little harder.

The romance may be a tad on the “safe” side, but that’s where the characters are at in the moment.  I also didn’t want to spell things out for the reader.  Personally, I like to have my imagination teased into action.  The sequel is in the finishing stages, and believe me, things will definitely not always be “safe” with these two characters.

Yep.  My mother could read this, and so could my older teenaged nieces.  It’s not so much the age of the reader, nor is it having a story that verges on “sweet.” It’s not even strictly chick-lit — older men have told me they enjoyed the story.  It’s more about life lessons, and the inherent joys and risks of learning to share one’s life with another person.Romance Rides on Two Wheels

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