As a Multiple Sclerosis patient, it has become necessary for me to reinvent myself. I have ... and continue to ... refuse to lie down and die, or in this case, follow the normally prescribed drugs and treatments that do nothing to defeat my disease. I am not only surviving by pursuing alternatives, I am thriving. I do the things specialists told me I would never be able to do. I walk and hope to one day even run regularly. I retain my cognitive and creative abilities for the pleasure of my readers. Although you may never see me on my daily walk, you are welcome to read my novel(s) and in doing so, come to ask yourself, "How can the 'out of the box' protocol she has followed, help my loved one with an autoimmune disease like Multiple Sclerosis?"

Finding that Perfect Romantic Place for the Writer in You

In order to write the perfect romance novel you must find that perfect romantic spot and visit often, either with your romantic lead or alone. No, I’m not suggesting that you stalk your favorite movie star. I happen to be blessed in this department as I’m married to the man of my dreams. Is he perfect? No. But the best heroes in the best romance novels are not. So give your hero that odd laugh or weird habit that drives you over the edge. It just may be the detail that endears him or her to your readers.

So, back to that romantic spot. It very well may be your favorite restaurant and the candle lit dinner but there’s a drawback to such a place—the waiter inevitably hands you a bill. Or the restaurant is closed when you need that inspiration!

Have no fear—there are solutions and the easiest is—create a romantic spot in your home (or apartment). It could be in your boudoir (allowing you to make it as private as your heart(s) desire) or get a double whammy by making it a focal point in your interior decorating. (My favorite romantic spot is one I rarely share in private—it’s the corner of my kitchen.)


I didn’t plan it that way, really. It just happened. I have two ficus trees (real ones) but a fake one will work too. In the case of my ficuses, they need a lot of sunlight and the only sunlight in my house is in front of my sliding dining room/kitchen door. Thank goodness I have the room for them. Sitting there alone they looked –well, ugly. So I placed one on a step (portable) and that helped—a little. Then there was the challenge of keeping my dogs from playing tug of war in the area. So I introduced an outdoor playpen to “cage” my trees. The next step was to find my “canister up light.” These can be found at Lowe’s. (Honestly, I don't work for them.) I placed my up light where it makes lots of delicate shadows on the ceiling in the dark. (The photo is in the late afternoon. The flash destroyed the ambience after dark.)

At this point I needed a comfortable place to sit/lay and let my mind wander—thus the loveseat. And Wa-La!

You can do this too. Gather any and all your houseplants to one area and make a garden romance come alive! For those of you claiming to lack a green thumb, lacy-leafed silk plants work too (personally I strongly dislike plastic ones.) Have fun and know that your romantic spot is unique to you.

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