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Monday, February 16, 2015

Of Valentines, Presidents, & Writing Dilemmas



I hope you had a great Valentine’s Day and enjoyed last week’s blog hop organized by my friend Elizabeth Rose. I always enjoy hops because I get to meet so many great people via the comments.

Instead of honoring two great presidents on their birthdays (like we did when I was a kid), today we honor all our presidents. What a job. Who would want it? Someone with an ego bigger than Alaska or someone naïve enough to think they can actually bring about change? Whatever the reason, whatever our political leaning, we respect the office and the men (so far) who have led our country.

 In two paragraphs, I’ve managed to avoid talking about The Dilemma. It’s my Work-in-Progress, a science fiction romance and the third book in my Outer Rim series. I’m almost to the midway point in the story. I’ve gotten to an emotional scene and don’t know how to proceed. 

Here’s the skinny:

Rissa and Dillan are alone in his starship when she reveals a painful secret. One she has never told anyone (not even her BFF). She’s a strong, independent fem. She’s had to be to run a tavern in a (semi) lawless frontier colony. Long ago, she learned the hard way not to reveal weakness or expose vulnerability because someone will take advantage. And she never breaks down in tears in front of anyone.

Dillan has loved her for years. What started as a young man’s crush years ago evolved into the love-of-his-life, and he’s been trying to convince her to give him a chance. He thinks he’s made progress when she returned his kisses in an earlier scene. Now he’s honored that she trusts him with her secret. As she explains the details and he hears the pain in her voice, sees tears of anguish brimming in her eyes, this strong, proud fem appears to shrink in on herself, becoming fragile. He’s totally flummoxed by the change in her. He doesn’t know what to do.

Neither do I.

What’s the best thing for him to do? They are sitting apart. So far, he’s just listened. Should he stay put? Go sit next to her? Hold her?

But if she cries in his arms, will she resent that he’s witnessed her vulnerability? Their relationship is fragile. Will she push him away for good? Or will his reaction strengthen that relationship?

As I said, a dilemma. I’d love to hear your opinion.

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12 comments:

  1. IMO physical contact of some kind is called for. He needs to reach out to take her hand at the very least. Then what? Does she jerk away from him? I'm thinking maybe not. Sounds like she's made a 'commitment' as it were by revealing her secret in the first place. And, so what if she falls apart in his arms and he comforts her? It will give them a memory only the two of them share. (As in he proves his love by keeping her secret sacred.) This might also set up some conflict for a later date when his holding her in his arms and comforting her wouldn't be (in her mind, anyway) appropriate, but he goes for it anyway. My 2 cents.

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    1. Always willing to take your 2 cents, Margo. :) Brainstorming really helps.

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  2. Hi Diane, great strength grows out of a point of great pain and vulnerability. The privileged and lucky don't have it. He must have pain also to be worthy of her. If it's the right place in the story he might also share--or not according to your timeline and other circumstances. Just my musings. I know you'll come up with something just right.
    All the best, Annette

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    1. Good insight, Annette. Yes, he's had great pain, which he shared earlier in the story--only to her. I hadn't thought of it until you mentioned it, but that must be why she was willing to share her pain.

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  3. I agree with Margo's comment. Taking her hand, giving it a squeeze, showing he is sympathetic without invading her space. He can decide where to go from there by her reaction.

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    1. Thanks, Lori. That's good about him waiting to see her reaction.

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  4. Certainly a dilemma, Diane, and it looks like you've got some great advice. I can't wait to see how you resolve it!

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  5. Hi Diane, I wanted to let you know I nominated you for a Liebster Award. The details are here if you choose to accept it: http://lorilmaclaughlin.com/2015/02/20/celebrate-the-small-things-and-the-liebster-award/. Have a great weekend!

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    1. Thanks, Lori. I'll reply on next Monday's blog.

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  6. I think he should get closer, and give her the option of curling in on him or keeping her distance.

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    1. I like that, Tyrean. Putting the ball in her court.

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