Last night I found a post on my Facebook feed linking to this article by Cindi Madsen. It’s a good reminder that young adult novels are for teens. In the past I read a comment by a woman, somewhere on some article, who claimed she didn’t like YA fiction because there weren’t enough “steamy scenes.” I’m going to be frank here: If you want steamy sex scenes, retreat to the romance section of the adult market or pick up an erotica novel. Not all adult novels have sex in them, either, because the entirety of what it means to be an adult doesn’t rest on this idea that you’re not an adult until you’ve had sex. Both young adulthood and adulthood are much more complex than that. There are teens who want to wait to have sex, just as there are adults who want to wait until they are married…
HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY TO ALL MY READERS WHO ARE IN LOVE WITH LOVE, IN LOVE WITH SOMEONE ELSE, OR EVEN IN LOVE WITH THEMSELVES. THERE ARE SO MANY REASONS (OTHER THAN JUST WHAT CUPID CAN DO TO) TO CELEBRATE VALENTINE’S DAY. SO IF YOU ARE SINGLE, DON’T LET BEING SINGLE OR ALONE GET YOU DOWN.
HERE’S ONE PIECE OF TRUTH ABOUT MYSELF THAT I WILL SHARE WITH YOU. I’VE GOTTEN ABOUT FIVE (5) VALENTINE’S GIFTS IN MY LIFE FROM A BOYFRIEND OR A GUY I WAS DATING. I’VE HAD VERY FEW LONG RELATIONSHIPS. I’M 44 & STILL WAITING ON MY PRINCE CHARMING, MY MAN, MY GUY, MY BABE, MY COUNTERPART TO SHOW UP. MAYBE HE NEVER WILL.
SOME OF MY FAMILY SAY IT’S BECAUSE I’M TOO PICKY WHEN IT COMES TO MEN. MAYBE. BUT THAT’S THE POINT. I HAVE THE CHOICE AND I CHOSE BEING ALONE AS OPPOSED TO SETTLING FOR THE SAKE OF NOT BEING SINGLE. I’VE ALWAYS BEEN MARRIAGE MINDED, AND IN MY DREAMY MIND MARRIAGE WAS MEANT TO LAST. PLUS, ONE CAN BE ALONE AND STILL BE TOGETHER WITH ANOTHER.
THE BEST VALENTINE’S DAY GIFTS I’VE EVER GOTTEN CAME FROM ME. 😉
Since it’s the “month of love,” how about one of my favorite romantic films from the 80s? Oh yes, from 1987 in fact. It takes a simple mind to forget how great Patrick Swayze was (& looked) in this film. In his honor, I must say…a great actor gone too soon.
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