Forgive me for not writing for so long. Life is funny and lately, the joke has been on me. 😉 Ah, it’s not all bad. My life’s recent upheaval has taught me a few things. One, I’m a lot stronger than I thought. Two, getting drunk doesn’t change anything – in fact, it sometimes causes more problems. HA! 😀 And finally, but more important than the rest, I am blessed with friends and family who would do anything for me.
How often are we able to say that? Hell, how often do you even have to acknowledge it? If you’re lucky, never. On the other hand, it seems rather sad to think you could go through your whole life never knowing about how much people love and care for you.
It got me thinking: how do you find these people that become touchstones for love and understanding? We’re all born to a family who love and care for us, sure, but how do you meet the people who become your ‘chosen’ family? Your friends, lovers, confidantes? Where and when do they cross your path and how do they become more than a passing acquaintance?
Of course, in writing what I do, I’m constantly asking myself: what’s a good, plausible way for the male and female lead to ‘meet cute’?
I’ve used several different scenarios, including the best friends angle and meeting through friends. Those seem very logical as far as meeting someone naturally, right? Who hasn’t met another friend through a friend, or met a boyfriend/girlfriend through other acquaintances? I’ve been set up through friends on blind dates – that has yet to work out 😉 – and I’ve made new friends through others, most notably through a book club I am lucky to have joined.
I’ve also used less conventional methods of bringing two people together. I had two of them meet through a random bar encounter. Two others met because of a contest. Two became better acquainted on a plane. Two more met at a Starbucks and kept ‘running’ into each other at other Starbucks locations. Maybe not all that unusual for some of these, but a dose of realism makes it easier to pass off in a story. 🙂
Just out of curiosity, which is your favourite way that I’ve brought two lead characters together? Is there a reason why you like that one best?
I have never met anyone by any of those methods I’ve used in my stories. Actually… I have made friends by one of my methods of introduction. Bet you can’t guess which one. 🙂
Oh, all right, I’ll tell you. Do you remember “Uncovering the Ice” and how those two leads met? Although it was never as…antagonistic as I wrote it in that story, I’ve made some very good friends through my writing. People I’ve never laid eyes on, and yet, they make me smile and laugh and somehow manage to hug me through the internet just when I need it the most.
I’ve wandered from my original topic here but considering the state of my mind, you should be impressed I’ve come this far. 😉 I just love thinking about how I’ve been so lucky in my friends and loved ones. I can’t help it right now, not when they’ve been surrounding me with the love and affection I’ve been needing.
I suppose I’ll wrap this up this week by saying thank you to my friends and family for being here for me. For surprising and humbling me with their unconditional love and support. For holding me and telling me that it will all be all right in the end.
To all my fun and friendly fans, thank you for your support as well. I haven’t written much of anything lately, never mind keeping up with my blog, as you can tell. I promise, I have a few things in the works and something new will turn up before long.
As always, take care and happy reading.