My Worst Nightmare

Day’s Verse:
Guard my soul and deliver me;
Do not let me be ashamed, for I take refuge in You.
Let integrity and uprightness preserve me,
I will wait for You.

Psalm 25:20-21

PerspectiveWell, actually my worst nightmare involves a semi-truck going 60 miles an hour. This was a minivan, turning right on a red light. The light was green my direction, I had my front headlight blinking, and the intersection was decently lit. Unfortunately, none of that matters when the driver looks left to check for oncoming traffic while turning right. I crossed in front of him just as he pulled out; I saw the van moving but couldn’t do anything: Stopping would have just left me directly in front of him, and besides, I hardly had time to think. Continue Reading >>

Romance Novel: Day 27: Title Time

Day’s Verse:
Many waters cannot quench love,
Nor will rivers overflow it;
If a man were to give all the riches of his house for love,
It would be utterly despised.

Song of Solomon 8:7

Below, you will find the 300-word abstract of the novel I just wrote. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to read the synopsis and propose as many appropriate, romance-novel-esque titles as you can think of. The winner will receive a box of homemade cookies.

A smaller box of cookies will go to whoever suggests a last name for Hunter that I choose. Continue Reading >>

Romance Novel: Day 26: Epilogue

Day’s Verse:
“I am my beloved’s and my beloved is mine,
He who pastures his flock among the lilies.”

Song of Solomon 6:3

Six Months Later

“Summer, call for you on line one.” Looking up from her computer monitor, Summer glanced at her phone. Sure enough, the red incoming call light blinked insistently.

“Thanks, Sarah,” Summer called to her half-assistant. “It’s probably Doug… Hello, this is Summer Robertson at The Seattle Times.”

“Hello, dearest, it’s Doug.” Her heart leaped to hear his voice, even though she’d heard it every day for months. The time she’d spent with him, snowshoeing in the Cascades, reading aloud, planning their garden plot for the spring and then planting it, jogging with Savannah, wandering museums as pretend tourists, seeing the sparkle of Pike Place Market at Christmas, sitting inside sipping hot chocolate on rainy days and talking, all brought Summer a deeper contentment than she ever could have imagined. And she knew without a doubt that this was the man she had been meant to love for life, a man who would day by day love her for who she was. Continue Reading >>

Romance Novel: Day 25

Day’s Verse:
Restless in bed and sleepless through the night, I longed for my lover.
I wanted him desperately. His absence was painful.
So I got up, went out and roved the city, hunting through streets and down alleys.
I wanted my lover in the worst way!
I looked high and low, and didn’t find him.

Song of Solomon 3:1-3

Note: Last line added 11.26.06

The remainder of the week starting October 7th passed as a blur for Summer as hopes and dreams seemed to fall into place almost magically. Things she never even expected to happen just plain worked out in ways that they never should have, but Summer never complained. Several events stood out in her mind, marking the week before that fateful Friday evening. Continue Reading >>

Romance Novel: Day 24

Day’s Verse:
Listen! My lover!
Look! Here he comes, leaping across the mountains, bounding over the hills.
My lover is like a gazelle or a young stag.
Look! There he stands behind our wall, gazing through the windows, peering through the lattice.

Song of Solomon 2:8-9

Guilt was a prime component of the rest of Summer’s meal. She barely tasted her food, and whenever Hunter looked at her, which was often, she cringed and tried to smile. She should have known she’d imagined things; no man would be so sleazy as to cheat on his girlfriend with the girlfriend’s best friend. That was for cheap romance novels and bad romantic comedies, or Shakespearean tragedies where everybody dies in the end anyway. In real life, Summer and Hunter would continue building their relationship and Summer would keep hoping for something more. They’d spent so much time together the last few weeks, she felt like she knew him almost better than he knew himself. Continue Reading >>

Romance Novel: Day 23

Day’s Verse:
My lover spoke and said to me,
“Arise, my darling, my beautiful one, and come with me.
See! The winter is past; the rains are over and gone.
Flowers appear on the earth; the season of singing has come, the cooing of doves is heard in our land.
The fig tree forms its early fruit; the blossoming vines spread their fragrance.
Arise, come, my darling; my beautiful one, come with me.”

Song of Solomon 2:10-13

She took the proffered paper, scanned down it. Doug could almost see her thinking: An appreciable raise, but she expected that, and anyway, in her situation any raise would rate as appreciable. Summer needed the money, and turning down Doug’s more than generous offer was probably the decision of a fool or an idealist. Yet the combination of her top secret career-making story brewing, her extremely muddled feelings for Hunter and Chastity, and her increasing desire to escape The Herald, suggested to Doug that Summer might feel compelled to turn the job down. He imagined her thinking, “It wouldn’t be smart to say so right away, not when Doug clearly had so much riding on me, but I shouldn’t wait too long either.” Continue Reading >>

Romance Novel: Day 22

Day’s Verse:
Oh, let me warn you, sisters in Jerusalem,
by the gazelles, yes, by all the wild deer:
Don’t excite love, don’t stir it up,
until the time is ripe—and you’re ready.

Song of Solomon 2:7

Summer just looked at Doug, too drained to even feel triumphant. She didn’t even know if this was what she wanted anymore. Funny how only a couple weeks ago, it had seemed so daring and out-there to apply for the Lifestyle department’s sub-editor job, and now Summer felt…flat…at the idea of working with Doug. Sure, it was a step up from her obits position and God knew how much she wanted to escape Fred and the harpies. Continue Reading >>