Bumps On The Road To Love

It’s true that sometimes authors can be a tad sadistic to their characters by throwing obstacles in their paths, and I’m no exception.  But when you’re writing a romantic comedy, you’re supposed to make the road to love less than smooth for the leading man and lady, right?  So that’s what I’m doing with my current project.  And if I’m kind of enjoying that, is that really so wrong?

Mua ha ha…

I’m about 23,000 words into the first draft of my next Adventures in Blind Dating book, and I’m having a lot of fun dreaming up “bad date” ideas for my main character.  Have you ever googled “bad blind date stories”?  I have, and wow there are some doozies out there. Great fodder for the writer’s imagination.  And as I was using my imagination again today to write up my character Jenna’s latest dating disaster, I was reminded of a certain episode of Everybody Loves Raymond in which big brother Robert thinks his latest date might be “the one.”  If you haven’t seen it, check out the clip below.  Spoiler alert:  she most definitely is NOT “the one.”

At least I spared Jenna from frogs.  Well… so far, anyway.  🙂

Start Your Thanksgiving Off Right

Just a couple more days until Thanksgiving!  The other day I drove over to visit my parents, and I had to stop the car and wait for a flock of wild turkeys to cross the road–I’m pretty sure it was part of some massive attempt to flee the country until November is safely behind them.  I’d like to think that if nobody’s come after them yet, they’re safe for another year.

I’m not so sure how safe shoppers are, though, and I’m not even talking about Black Friday yet.  My husband came home from the grocery store yesterday, wide-eyed and astounded by how high the frozen turkeys had been stacked at the store.  Pull one down, and you’ll likely wind up getting crushed by the ones that come tumbling down after it.  And let’s face it, that’s not exactly the most dignified way to leave this world, is it?

Thanksgiving is a great time to be with loved ones and appreciate all the blessings in your life that might be easy to take for granted, but it’s true that it can be a tad stressful, too.  Especially for the cook!  (Love you, Mom…)  So just in case anybody needs something to make them smile or even giggle behind their hands, I found a few YouTube clips to share with you today…

This first one is more of a cautionary tale:

And this one is more in honor of those valiant wild turkeys I met the other day along with their turkey brethren everywhere:

And this last one is a longer clip from Everybody Loves Raymond especially intended for those who may be considering going the tofurkey route this year:

Okay, I think I’ve done my part to provide both humor and a well-rounded perspective on turkeys.  Have a very Happy Thanksgiving!  🙂