One woman's Prince is another woman's frog. I never wanted a Prince, myself. I wanted a real man--filled with flaws and humor, charm and vulnerability. I recently posted a request. I'm currently writing my second novel and requested help on facebook. I have a character who loves someone madly, but she can't have him. So she dates other men and breaks up with them for silly reasons. The problem was I couldn't think of any ridiculous reasons.
Here's what my facebook friends came up with:
Let's see...off the top of my head, they don't spell well, they wear braided belts or white socks with black shoes, they are smooth jazz fans.
His mother is annoying, he reads the paper out loud, and his feet stink. :D
Eating with his mouth open. Smelly feet. Hair on his back. Bad breath. Lives with his parents. Mommy issues. Bites his nails
Chewing gum loudly, junky car, eating like a pig, saying 'eh when their not even Canadian, wearing sweat pants to dinner, chewing, spitting in general, face talking, always hitting your arm when they tell you a story-like hey pay attention this is the really good part....these are a few of my thoughts hahaha
Spends more time getting ready than you do...snores...scared of spiders..can't change a tire..short.
They are a Star Trek fan and go to Comic Con every year.
He's under six feet tall and prefers Miracle Whip over mayonnaise.
laughs weird..eats noisily,(that would do it for me..ugh)...burps out loud...to nice..not serious enough..too opinionated...farts in bed...etc..got more....
is to nice. affectionate, Cares. is thoughtful, Creative, intellectual, physically fit, present during conversation, plays a musical instrument, can draw/paint. oh yea and successful that's always a good reason to reject a man,
attractive as well. wouldn't want to be with one of "those"
Picky eater. Likes clogging. Is afraid of horses. Has never read "To Kill a Mockingbird." Says "dude" way too frequently. Has '80s rock posters hanging in his kitchen.
Leaving the toilet seat/lid up.
He had a tattoo.... was bald.... was hairy.... was too nice.... went to a different church
Only reads Calvin and Hobbes cartoon books
Because instead of laughing, he always says "that's so funny"
smells like cabbage
He wears girly socks.
He can't whistle. He sings off-key but with heart.
Eats too much jerky.
He wears socks with sandals.
Goes to Renaissance fairs and participates in jousting.
There were many more, but you get the picture. No most of this is flat out entertaining. But it made me think and that's when it hit me, something I always knew but thought it was way too corny to admit; love is magic. I know, I know, I've been married far too long to sound this idealistic. I'm jaded, sarcastic, heck I'm Irish for heaven's sake! But when it comes to love there is no logic, no reasoning, no linear thought, and no predictability.
I've been married for 17 years now and my husband sings off key with enthusiasm. At first I was concerned. I worried that he actually thought he sang well. He enjoyed telling me of the time he spent in choir (it turned out it was a great way to meet girls). Once I realized that he was making fun of himself it was charming and adorable that he sings, well, badly but definitely with enthusiasm. My son inherited this unfortunate trait. But when he listens to rap, he can sing at the top of his lungs and no one can tell he's tone deaf. He doesn't seem to have trouble attracting girls his age so I don't think it's too cumbersome.
For me, I need funny. Life is too long and forever too daunting to spend with someone unless he makes me laugh, which Sean does every day.
Maybe I should have asked my friends what each of them can't live without in the person they choose to spend their time with--so tell me, what can't you live without?
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