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It's Valentine's Day, a holiday devoted to romance. I thought I'd ask what others find romantic, but before I did that, I went to Dictionary.com to see what the 'official' definition was. I was surprised when I found this at the top of the page:
1. a novel or other prose narrative depicting heroic or marvelous deeds, pageantry, romantic exploits, etc., usually in a historical or imaginary setting.
2. the colorful world, life, or conditions depicted in such tales.
3. a medieval narrative, originally one in verse and in some Romance dialect, treating of heroic, fantastic, or supernatural events, often in the form of allegory.
4. a baseless, made-up story, usually full of exaggeration or fanciful invention.
5. a romantic spirit, sentiment, emotion, or desire.
6. romantic character or quality.
7. a romantic affair or experience; a love affair.
8. ( initial capital letter ) Also, Romanic. Also called Romance languages. the group of Italic Indo-European languages descended since a.d. 800 from Latin, as french, spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Romanian, Provençal, Catalan, Rhaeto-Romanic, Sardinian, and Ladino. Abbreviation: Rom.
Scrolling down, I found the entries for the World English Dictionary to be the following:
1. a love affair, esp an intense and happy but short-lived affair involving young people
2. love, esp romantic love idealized for its purity or beauty
3. a spirit of or inclination for adventure, excitement, or mystery
4. a mysterious, exciting, sentimental, or nostalgic quality, esp one associated with a place
5. a narrative in verse or prose, written in a vernacular language in the Middle Ages, dealing with strange and exciting adventures of chivalrous heroes
6. any similar narrative work dealing with events and characters remote from ordinary life
7. the literary genre represented by works of these kinds
8. (in Spanish literature) a short narrative poem, usually an epic or historical ballad
9. a story, novel, film, etc, dealing with love, usually in an idealized or sentimental way
10. an extravagant, absurd, or fantastic account or explanation
11. a lyrical song or short instrumental composition having a simple melody
So, what about romantic? Didn't get much better there.
All of the above are very abstract. In my dictionary, romance, or romantic would pertain to someone thinking of the other person first. Doing something without expecting payback. One of the most "romantic" gifts I got from the Hubster was a Swiss Army Knife? Why? Because I'd been watching MacGyver, and muttered under my breath, "Why don't I have one of those?" when he was doing his MacGyver thing. I didn't turn around and say it TO the Hubster. I was hardly aware he was in the room. But his gift showed he was listening, and to me, that's romance.
What about you? Leave a comment, and I'll send one commenter a copy of "Romancing the Geek" – a short story I wrote for The Wild Rose Press celebrating Valentine's Day.
Tomorrow, while my guest, Margaret Fieland is here talking about the importance of backing up work, I'm going to be participating in DigiCon, an on-line conference about the world of e-publishing and e-books. I hope you'll stop by. I'll be blogging, (my post won't be live until tomorrow, so bookmark the link, or check back) and then at 8 PM Eastern time, I'll be doing a chat Q&A to discuss the subject. You might want to pop by Savvy Authors and register for DigiCon if you haven't already.
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