The Two Faces of January (2014) - Kirsten Dunst as Colette wearing a cream yellow sleeveless sheath dress with thin belt and slightly draped neckline, accessorized with a straw hat, white shoulder bag and matching t-bar strap sandals.
4x14 Who Is That Masked Man? Sherlock Holmes & Morland Holmes
When three gang members are murdered, Sherlock and Joan are amazed when an elderly woman emerges as their prime suspect. When Sherlock’s investigation into the attempt on Morland’s life pushes their strained relationship to the breaking point, the identity of Sherlock’s mother is revealed. [Elizabeth Sung, James Hong, Tzi Ma]
The Two Faces of January (2014) - Kirsten Dunst as Colette wearing a strapless black evening dress. Her accessories include a pearl necklace with diamanté bow-shaped pendant and diamond clip earrings. The bow theme can be found in her updo, decorated by a black bow.
Noble Ale Works’ Pilsnear on tap at Wine Lab in Costa Mesa. A 3 of 4. A clean, good pilsner. Smells of grain and some light grassy notes. Drinks with a similar profile and a light grain sweetness and just enough light bitterness to balance and remain clean in the finish. Thin body, as expected, but just a touch of creaminess to be refreshing. On par with the best.
I meant to do some, you know, actual gameplay today. Instead I spent all day fiddling with these houses on the Crick Cabana lot in my gameplay save. I’m thinking I may make over the “cheap” neighborhood of Willow Springs into modern tiny/micro homes for single sims and small families. Finished both of these with about $1,200 left after 2 sims moved in.
I moved roomates Mason Noble (by SevenDeadlySims on the gallery) and Angie Yeung (by me) onto the lot after a small makeover. :)
I couldn’t count how many people have complimented my writing because, while I write romance, it’s not the “main plot.” Um…wait…really?
No matter how many times I hear this,
it utterly astounds me, because the first thing I decide when plotting nearly
all of my stories is who the main couple will be, and then, I design the plot
completely around them and their romance. Even while writing, the love story of
the book is what drives me forward, through the beginning, middle, and end. So
how on earth could someone possibly tell me another plot is greater than the
romance? I think I’ve finally figured it out. Or, at least, I have a theory.
So, my guess is that, when I know who
the main couple is, I become so focused on what will stand between them that I
end up creating an elaborate plot just for this purpose, unknowingly making the
romance a “close second” or subplot.
See, romance to me has never been
about how many steamy make-out scenes a book has. For me, the perfect romantic
story includes comfort, protection, and certainty that the love is true. Blunt
flirtation is usually minimal and/or comes after formal declarations of love.
I’ll conclude that my books give the
illusion of romance not being the main plot, because every conflict I create
regards the love story and how it can be as deep and strong as possible.
What about you? Do you write/read
romance as an obvious main plot, a subplot, or not at all?
SLOW ECHOES is still on the following seven retail sites, and will be there until February 29 if you’d like to read it! I have no clue how long it will take to re-release once I find another publisher.