Romantic Life Lessons

OOOOH, SHINY!

iStock_000017497906XSmallby Mary-Theresa Hussey

That’s what I love about being surrounded by writers and editors.

Whether re-imagining words (“shiny” is wonderful/fantastic in Firefly lingo); reacting like a magpie gathering information from all sources (Laura Anne Gilman emails me delightedly when she sees how science discoveries informs her notion of her magic); appreciating everything around them (romance authors are particularly good at noticing things to enhance joy and pleasure) or the ability/inability to stay focused because attention is caught by another wonderful tidbit, they are almost always involved people. They want to know about others and share that information. And yes, there’s gossip, but it’s often instigated by the why somebody did what he/she did and what informed that decision. And it’s always grist for another story, but in an unexpected way.

We try to have a weekly meeting, and I enjoy ending it by everyone saying something they are excited about for the past or upcoming week. Each time the variety of topics and the discussion it spurs and the notes to try this food or book or movie or show makes me so glad about spending time with this team. This is surely one job where you can learn at least one thing every day, and always where there’s at least one moment of delight you can share with another about what you did that day.

So I hope everyone else takes a moment to explore the various elements of “Shiny!” that are all around…

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