SPICING UP FEBRUARY
By: Dana Marton
Congratulations to Imel, the winner of Dana Marton's giveaway. Thank you to all who participated!
I’m not a great fan of February. All the Christmas excitement is gone. The New Year parties are all but forgotten. Spring is still way too far away. In fact, as far as I’m concerned, the only good thing about February is that it’s short. Yes, it has Valentine’s Day. But that’s a mixed blessing. Happy for those who get valentines, depressing for those who are alone. Is Valentine’s Day a real holiday? A lot of my friends would dispute that. Do you decorate for Valentine’s Day at your house? Do you send cards? How do you celebrate it? Do you think it’s sweet or cheesy?
I need some excitement in February and, frankly, for me Valentine’s Day just doesn’t cut it. (I know, shocking from a romance author.) In Europe February is ball season and you go out to all sorts of charity balls. I really loved that when we lived there. Some are fancy affairs and held in palaces, but not all of them. Just about every school and church have their fundraising ball, too, where you go for dinner and dancing. The plumber’s association will have their own ball, etc. etc. Just an excuse for people to get together in the middle of winter for something fun. They have great raffles and wonderful entertainment. They also have masquerades over there, the most famous being the Venice Carnival.
We lived in Europe for six years. We went to Venice one summer and loved it, so each year after that I said we’ll be going to Venice for the Carnival in February. We never made it. We always said, “next year.” I’m starting to think there’s a lesson here. I should do things while the opportunity is there! (Sounds like something I should stitch on a pillow.) Well, I did write a novella set in Venice during the Carnival. Does that count? And I liked it so much, I ended up writing two more, using characters I introduced in the first story.
So, other than reading, what do you do in February? Ice fishing? Snow mobile races? Skiing? I need some ideas to spice up this month a little. I wish I had enough money to raffle off a trip to Venice, but the utter brilliance of my writing remains undiscovered by the masses, and the New York Times keeps forgetting to put me in the number one spot of their bestseller list (I’m sure it’s just a printing error). Keeping that in mind, I need to operate within my modest means.
But I WILL be raffling off a copy of AGENTS UNDER FIRE, my novella trilogy that starts out in Venice. Maybe it will inspire you to take a real trip and see the city for yourself. Good luck! --
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