Sunday, November 8, 2009

Why Do Fools Fall in Love?

You know that friend you have, who's in love with someone new every eight months? Who keeps saying, "Oh, that's over. But this new guy/girl..." Three months later all she can do is complain about how badly it's going. Six months later she's heartbroken. Seven months later she has sworn off love forever.

"Never again," she vows, shaking a fist. And then, at eight months, "This NEW one..."

So, I started this new book. And this NEW going to be the best book ever.


Vijaya said...

Ah, but when it comes to writing, I have never said, "Never again." But I do have my new loves ...

What kind of fool does that make me?

Enjoy your new love :)

Ann Finkelstein said...

You and me both - starting a new book. Maybe I should call mine, "Where Angels Fear to Tread." (kidding)

Anne M Leone said...

Hah! So true.

I'm sure you've seen this before, but figured it was worth sharing Libba Bray's blog post comparing her books to relationships:

Diane T said...

I'm so bad that when the luster wears off my "new love," I'll go back and cheat on it with one of my "old loves."

"Maybe it wasn't that bad after all; who wants to put in all that work with a new love, maybe there's less to do with the old one. At least I know what its faults are..."


Jacqui said...

Vijaya, it's true. I've never said never. But sometimes I think it.

Ann, I'm thinking of just titling mine "My Stupid Book" from the beginning instead of ending up calling it that later.

Anne, I love that essay!

Diane, I think that's what makes the metaphor fail. The friend always ends up hating her former loves, whereas I always, after time, end up feeling fondly and surprised at how nicely they turned out.

cath c said...

can't wait to read it!

and i'm that fickle, too. just don't tell my husband. or the two novels i'm working on. in fact, do not tell the two novels about each other. i'll be in big trouble.

Marina said...

Are we talking new new book? Or is this your still-hardly-out-of-nappies Nano novel?

Because if you're cheating on your Nano novel after little more than a week I shall be shocked. Shocked, I say.

Jacqui said...

Marina, I am not quite THAT fickle; this is my NaNo book.

cath c, I won't tell if you won't.