As I am busy writing romance (*sigh*) I thought I would offer guest bloggers the chance to come and post something witty about romance.
Esther Newton is someone I met through the Annual Bloggers Bash Awards. She always makes me smile and has a mischievous look in her eye a lot of the time, so I knew she had to appear on my blog.
Here’s the fabulous Esther Newton.
As some of you will know, I’ve had a bit of a blogging break; yes, it was only meant to be a brief pause, but it’s ended up being much longer than I ever anticipated. And I’ve missed it. So, when Lucy asked me if I’d like to write a guest blog about romance, I found myself nodding and relishing getting back into blogging. Then the reality set in. Romance???? What on earth am I going to write about romance?
I thought I’d apply the principle I use when trying to come up with an idea for a short story – write down the first ten things that come to mind and go for the last one as it’ll be a little different. So, here’s what I came up with:
There’s nothing more romantic than…
8. Holding hands
9. Love letters
10. The first dance at a wedding
Great. My tenth answer was ‘The first dance at a wedding’. Really? Couldn’t I have made life a little easier for myself? I suppose I could have lied. I could have tweaked things, changed a few of the ideas round, but that wouldn’t have felt right. So ‘the first dance at a wedding’ was what it was.
Now, I want you to imagine the moment: the DJ asks the happy couple to take centre stage on the dance floor for the first dance. And what song starts to play? I Will Always Love You by Whitney Houston? My Heart Will Go On by Celine Dion? I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing by Aerosmith? At my own wedding we chose (did we really? I can’t stand the song so I’m not convinced) Still the One by Shannia Twain. What was yours?
I don’t know about you, but I started to think wouldn’t it be more fun to do something a little different? Something no one would expect? All the friends and family could be crowding round, watching the besotted couple gaze into each other’s eyes, as everyone waits for the first strains of a love song…only for ACDC’s The Ace of Spades to belt through the speakers and the loved-up couple to start head banging. And I’m sure none of the guests would expect the couple’s first dance track to be The Birdy song by The Tweets and I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For by U2 would definitely cause a few jaws to drop. As for my own first dance, I think I might still go with Shannia Twain, but I much prefer That Don’t Impress Me Much. I’m not quite sure my husband would have agreed…
A huge thanks to Lucy for having me as a guest on her blog. It’s been a joy and made me want to start writing my own again.
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LOL Esther! I am loving the alternative first dance music selections. When my fictional character Roxy Collins gets married I might have to use some of these.
Thank you for this.
Have a fabulous day!