As mentioned before, one of my online addictions is TED Talks. A year ago, after watching Michael Pollen talk about the natural world being in charge, I warned you about being manipulated by corn (http://bit.ly/He6cuq). And now I am going to warn you about bad marriages, and how to avoid one.
According to relationship author Jenna McCarthy, in order to stay happily married you need to start early in life and heed the following advice: Smile in childhood photos, the wife must be thinner than the husband, the husband must do some housework, both spouses should avoid winning an Oscar at all costs, and along those lines, don’t watch a romantic comedy together, or at all.
Instead, watch disaster movies, stay away from divorced people, and avoid all alcohol. Sounds like we’re going to be sober and alone…and scared.
I think I would like to be a relationship author. Thousands of people (and maybe more!), could be heeding my advice. Couples could be throwing out their Sleepless in Seattle DVD’s, as well as their Jack Daniels. They could be signing the husband up for pie-eating contests and handing him a Swiffer. The power of handling words is an opiate. And giving advice instead of writing novels may be a fun change.
Actually, I think I already am a relationship author. My characters are in constant relationship-mode with one another, with their setting, and with their inner turmoil. Gracie, Dalton, Jim Spoon, even Alan Chadwick and Guy Simms all have relationship issues that I have to solve daily. I guess the difference between me and Jenna McCarthy is that I know for a fact who will take my advice and who will not.
And as for the power Ms. McCarthy has over me…I don’t think I am ready to toss the vodka, but perhaps I will take my name out of the running for the 2013 Oscars…just in case.