Sweltering Tuesday

[Hands on Keyboard: August 14, 2012]

There are two weeks out of the entire year where SoCal is not the paradise advertised. Sometimes they happen in July. Sometimes in September. This year it is August and I want to die.

These last couple of weeks I’ve spent a lot of time buried deep in the heart of one the social issues that is dearest to me–the treatment of women. It started with an article that former HoKer Mary Beth posted on Facebook, into several conversations with my friends and family, went through an intense hour with my church’s women’s group, detoured through my internet readings, and then up Angel’s Landing as I completed the most difficult hike of my life. I hung onto a chain attached to the side of a cliff.

It was a difficult journey. Not everyone I spoke with agreed with me. In fact, at least one of the conversations resulted in a complete dismissal of my beliefs. (It was very subtle, which actually hurt more).

As I came down from Angel’s Landing I was entrenched in a single thought: What is it that I look for in the books I read, the movies I watch, and the other media I experience?

The answer was easy–Do the heroine and hero respect each other?

I love reading about relationships, particularly the romance. Romance is the first thing on my mind–always. I seek it out in anything I read, watch, and experience. I really care about how the heroine and hero relate to each other. I looked for the obvious, I look for the subtle, and then I talk about it constantly. For example, my love letter to The Bourne Legacy.

That’s my thing. That’s what I want people to take away from my work.

I care about other things too. I really want there to be ethnic and cultural diversity in my writing. I want to care about ALL THE THINGS. But I always come back to this–women and men and love.

So, fellow HoKers, do you know what your thing is yet? It’s okay if you don’t. There are a lot out there. They’re all important.

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