Saturday, February 26, 2011

Romance Shizzle



Yesterday, I realized that my sister (let's call her "Margeaux" shall we??? heh heh) had rejected my friend request at facebook. The one sent from my author page. I thought it was most likely a grievous oversight on her part. But when I discreetly asked her what was up (I called her a "beeyotch" on facebook), she informed me that she didn't want to be inundated with romance shizzle.

Romance...shizzle.

I was speechless. It's true that my Penny Watson facebook page is dedicated to the wonderful world of romantic fiction, but I wouldn't call it romance shizzle.

And then it occurred to me that yes, perhaps, my life had become somewhat over-run by romance shizzle. Let's look at the facts....

1.) I only read romance novels. (And the comics in the morning paper).

2.) I read romance novels daily. (I do not, however, cook dinner daily nor do I wash the laundry daily).

3.) I have 2 blogs, which take up an enormous amount of time, both dedicated to...well...romance shizzle.

4.) I write romance novels.

5.) I like to talk about romance novels.

6.) I am chairperson of the promotions committee for the New England Chapter of the Romance Writers of America. Where I help writers to promote....their romance shizzle.

7.) I attend conferences about romance shizzle.

8.) Many of my friends are also on the romance shizzle bandwagon (fellow writers, bloggers, reviewers, etc).

9.) My only source of income is the result of romance shizzle (which isn't a hell of a lot, unfortunately).

10.) My favorite songs are romance shizzly. My favorite movies are romance shizzly. I love gardening, which scores high on the romance index (think roses and butterflies). I also love wiener dogs. I'm not sure how weenie dogs tie into the whole romance shizzle thing, but there must be a connection. Somehow. Since I am clearly obsessed with romance shizzle.

After pondering this dilemma for a bit, I came to the conclusion that...
A) Maybe I should expand my interests, or...
B) I should accept the fact that I am full of romance shizzle.

I considered these alternate options....

--start attending church
--get a job not related to romance shizzle
--try reading Shakespeare

After seriously considering these options for at least 35 seconds, I rejected them. (Sort of the way my sister rejected my friend request. But I'm not bitter. Really).

I have decided to embrace my inner romance shizzle in all its lovely glory. Yes, perhaps I missing out on other forms of reading materials. And yes, perhaps I could accomplish many things in my life that would benefit mankind if I stopped reading romance novels. Save the earth. Recycle more. That sort of thing. But the truth is, I like my romance shizzle. It's fun, it's happy, it's inspiring.

So, I am accepting the fact that romance shizzle more or less rules my life, even if certain individuals (sister whose name begins with the letter "M") clearly think my romance shizzle obsession may be problematic.

I have decided to start a new expression. Ro shizzle, instead of fo shizzle.

All my ro shizzly best,
Penelope

15 comments:

Ella Drake said...

Hear, hear!
I'm fully in support of your Romance Shizzleness.
(for what it's worth, I love Shakes. I'll read him any day. When I'm not reading Romance.)

Penelope said...

Ha, Ella...you are obviously way more high brow than I am. (I read Shakespeare in high school, forced at gun point).

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

You are shizzletastic and I say rock on with your bad self!

And your sis doesn't know what she is missing ;)

Penelope said...

Ha ha, Juju...I lub you! I am already working on a diabolical plan to bring my sister over to the dark side. Considering which book to innocently give her as a birthday gift to start her romance shizzle addiction. hee hee.....

Patti (Book Addict) said...

Love, love, love this post!! Thanks for the laugh. Does this make us romance readers "shizzle sisters"?

Penelope said...

Yes, Patti, it sure does. Romance Shizzle Sisters Unite!

Julia Rachel Barrett said...

LOL! You go, girl! It's okay to be all about romance. I accept you as you are.

Scorpio M. said...

Love it! LOL. Ro shizzle never gets enough respect!

Penelope said...

Thank you, Julia. I know you're on the romance shizzle bandwagon, too. You are so accepting. :^)

Penelope said...

Hi Scorpio! Yeah, ro shizzle needs mo respect!

Anonymous said...

I'm glad that *you* like Ro Shizzle, but you shouldn't try to force it on others!!! It's kinda like Jesus, you know??

Signed,
The Maligned & Slandered Sister!

p.s. Also, I enjoy WATCHING ro-shizzle. I re-watched "Emma" (BBC version w/ Jonny Lee Miller) almost ev. day last year. So respeck!

Penelope said...

Oh, the Ro Shizzle-discriminator has arrived! Hi sis! As I recall, you had a secret Harlequin addiction back in high school, way before I discovered ro shizzle. So, I guess I'll cut you some slack. But I'm still waiting for some "friendship" at facebook, yo!

Anonymous said...

Haaa! It was 6th grade, but yes you're right -- in fact I still remember my favorite Harlequin, "Blue Lotus" by Violet Winspear. I loved that book, and then later I found another book by Ms Winspear and was at first startled, but then psyched, to discover it had the EXACT SAME PLOT as "Blue Lotus," but the heroine had silky blonde hair instead of a tumble or auburn curls. So awesome.

Anonymous said...

*of auburn curls

Penelope said...

Violet! Violet, you're turning Violet!

That sounds like a winner!

Yo!