The Trouble with Valentine's Day

As those of you, who have ever talked to me about Valentine's Day know, I hate Hallmark/media-hyped holidays where people feel pressured to buy gifts to express emotions. No, this has nothing to do with my current, past, or future relationship status. I would always much prefer a "hey, I was out and saw this and thought of you" gift rather than a "hey, it's February 14th, so here's some flowers, some jewelry, a pony, a space shuttle...etc" gift. Anyway, I think you get my point. That particular rant is not actually where I want to go to on today's blog... The trouble with Valentine's Day, or rather, the trouble with being an author on Valentine's Day, is that while there are little bits of me in most of my lead characters to share my views of Valentine's Day...some of them, yes, it fits with other parts of their character, but some of them, also, it does not. Some of them would, like their author, be more moved by a spontaneous, sweet gesture or token...some of them, like their author, prefer the day after the holiday when the chocolate goes on sale. But some of my characters will like days like Valentine's Day...and I have to allow them to do so. This will be a challenge for me, as an author, but my love of my characters and their stories, will trump my personal biases. I will always do what is best for my characters. I have to allow them to be who they are meant to be, which means, when I am writing their stories, I will embrace Valentine's Day and all that it represents. Wish me luck...