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My thoughts on "Dating a Writer"

The original of this is here: http://52hearts.tumblr.com/post/1126449830/20-great-things-about-dating-a-writer (at least I think it is)

I was amused by xhirox's take on it here: http://xshirox.livejournal.com/703822.html

This is my take on it.

Writers will romance you with words. If you mean talk about how awesome certain words like "thwart", "peril" and "triptych" are…then sure. I romance with words a lot.

Writers will write about you. Oh, heck yeah. And kill you like a punk. If I like you, I kill you off in something I write. In my horror collection, In a Gilded Light, I killed my best friend six times.

Writers will take you to interesting events. If you mean take you to a myriad of book readings and conventions where you know no one and often forget to introduce you because, sometimes I forget that you don't know everyone in the writing biz in the area…yep, I do that.

Writers will remind you that money doesn’t matter so much. Excuse me? Yog's law! The money always flows to the writer. Always. It may not be much but the money is important.

Writers will acknowledge you and dedicate things to you. Um. Maybe. If you're my spouse. Or you were absolutely instrumental in me writing whatever I wrote. Or if you gave birth to me and raised me…and that had some effect on what I wrote. Sure.

Writers will offer you an interesting perspective on things. I will tell you how the current situation is the perfect set up for a horror story. You know, the kind where everyone dies.

Writers are smart. Sometimes. Usually about whatever I'm currently researching at the time. Many pointless but true facts will be trotted out in non-sequitur fashion.

Writers are really passionate. Yeah. I am. Usually about writing. Or reading. Or gaming.

Writers can think through their feelings. I'm not really sure what this one means or how I feel about it.

Writers enjoy their solitude. And by "enjoy" I mean "need."

Writers are creative. No argument there. Just don't try to get me to be creative on demand in front of a bunch of strangers with no warning. The creative may border on (or dive into) strange in a hurry.

Writers wear their hearts on their sleeves. If you mean I often enter a social situation and spend a good amount of time people watching, making up stories about the conversations I can't hear, sure. If you mean odes of love in public? Not often. At least not a lot of the writers I know.

Writers will teach you cool new words. You got that one right and there will be a quiz later.

Writers may be able to adjust their schedules for you. *laugh*looks at that again*laugh*laughs some more* Only if it doesn't interfere in a deadline, convention, reading event, interview, editorial meeting or other important writing related work. Otherwise, yeah…no. You are second.

Writers can find 1000 ways to tell you why they like you. I suppose. Hopefully it is more than 1000 ways of repeating the same thing over and over.

Writers communicate in a bunch of different ways. Yep. Email, IM, Twitter, LJ, Facebook. But not the phone. I don't like the phone much. Oddly enough, I do pretty well with Skype.

Writers can work from anywhere. As long as I have everything I need—like a computer, research material, silence and uninterrupted time.

Writers are surrounded by interesting people. Most of whom are all in my head. A writer is often never alone. Whatever I'm doing, there's a character in the back of my head either critiquing or taking notes for an upcoming scene.

Writers are easy to buy gifts for. Gifts are nice. I like gifts.

Writers are sexy. Yeah. I am. Modest, too.

Comments

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marlowe1
Sep. 17th, 2010 04:13 am (UTC)
Writers will remind you that money doesn’t matter so much. - Especially when its your money and they need a sandwich.
jennifer_brozek
Sep. 17th, 2010 08:01 pm (UTC)
A sandwich or something else.
satimaflavell
Sep. 17th, 2010 04:40 am (UTC)
Spot on. Go Jennifer!
jennifer_brozek
Sep. 17th, 2010 08:01 pm (UTC)
I'm just being me. :)
pingback_bot
Sep. 17th, 2010 04:49 am (UTC)
Date Writers!!!! No. Really. Do it. Before we all ruin the illusion.
User marlowe1 referenced to your post from Date Writers!!!! No. Really. Do it. Before we all ruin the illusion. saying: [...] 449830/20-great-things-about-dating-a-writer

Two writers mock it - http://jennifer-brozek.livejournal.com/122567.html [...]
marlowe1
Sep. 19th, 2010 03:33 am (UTC)
Re: Date Writers!!!! No. Really. Do it. Before we all ruin the illusion.
This is real? I want one of these things.
jennifer_brozek
Sep. 19th, 2010 10:24 am (UTC)
Re: Date Writers!!!! No. Really. Do it. Before we all ruin the illusion.
It is real. But also seems automatic. Someone needs to link an LJ post of yours in an LJ post of theirs.
4evermore
Sep. 17th, 2010 07:35 am (UTC)
Writers also like lists.
jennifer_brozek
Sep. 17th, 2010 08:02 pm (UTC)
I love lists. I make lists just to cross of stuff. I add stuff to lists I've already done just so I can cross them off and feel productive.
4evermore
Sep. 17th, 2010 08:27 pm (UTC)
YES, I do that too! I am also a fan of the tiered to-do list. Crossing off three rows for one larger item is very satisfying.
sabledrake
Sep. 17th, 2010 01:53 pm (UTC)
I think you nailed it.

-- C.
jennifer_brozek
Sep. 17th, 2010 08:02 pm (UTC)
Coffin nail?

My husband married me anyway.
pingback_bot
Sep. 17th, 2010 02:21 pm (UTC)
sundries
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criada
Sep. 17th, 2010 02:36 pm (UTC)
That second to last one worries me. I think that means "Hey, you can just buy them pens and those blank journals!" How about buying me a new laptop instead?
jennifer_brozek
Sep. 17th, 2010 08:03 pm (UTC)
That stuff goes on my Amazon list of "highest" priority. But, it is true. I like gifts. Even little ones.
stardragonca
Sep. 17th, 2010 09:16 pm (UTC)
How about a villa in Spain?
roadnotes
Sep. 17th, 2010 02:40 pm (UTC)
"Writers are surrounded by interesting people. Most of whom are all in my head. A writer is often never alone. Whatever I'm doing, there's a character in the back of my head either critiquing or taking notes for an upcoming scene."

Mother of gods, so very much this one. Yeah, I have an entourage of fascinating, sometimes psychotic, characters in my head. And you probably really don't want to meet a number of them.

You speak the truth.
jennifer_brozek
Sep. 17th, 2010 08:03 pm (UTC)
Or when they are critiquing...like during a make out session. :)
stardragonca
Sep. 17th, 2010 09:20 pm (UTC)
I would like to emphasise your point that it is the people inside my head who are the psychotic ones.
pingback_bot
Sep. 17th, 2010 02:43 pm (UTC)
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rassaku
Sep. 18th, 2010 03:00 am (UTC)
20) When they have writer's block, your house will be so clean.

That's really the only perk of dating writers that I can think of.
jennifer_brozek
Sep. 18th, 2010 03:19 am (UTC)
Hah. My husband promised me a regular maid as part of the proposal.
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