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For those of you who aren't aware, I am a romance novelist. A novel concept considering I've been out of the romance/relationship and particularly dating arena for quite a few years. My last first date was actually in 1992. So, after reviewing my first (yet to be published) novel I questioned its authenticity or realistic value. I sat my 25 year old daughter down for a few questions.
"Okay," I queried. "What's the rule for a call back after the first date? Do women call men? How many dates before sex? How does a person know if someone is interested? How does a person convey they are interested in someone?"
"Mom," she replied with exasperation. "There are no rules. No one knows what their doing. My generation hang out, make out and if you make out a second time, you're an item. And the generation behind me just text, then have sex."
I laughed at her joke. SHE WASN'T JOKING!!!!
When did the art of flirting, the cat and mouse play, the dance of love, and the anitcipation of romance go by the wayside? I considered how out of date my representation of romance might be, but was informed by the 25 year old that it would appeal to the demographic I was writing to.
A full ten seconds passed before I could breathe, much less respond. So, I return to that magical place called romance, also known as fiction, and ask for any input you, as a reader of this post and participant of the dance, can offer.