Notes From the Cottage: of relationships and authors

Scenes from a Marriage

Scenes from a Marriage (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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 ( 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.


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4 Responses to Notes From the Cottage: of relationships and authors

  1. JoAnn says:

    It is incredible how you can take any situation in life and compare it to your writing – it makes me want to write so I can figure out more of life’s mysteries!! Keep up the great work Sally. I’ll be looking forward to your vacation comparisons in a couple of weeks…

  2. Doug Dartnell says:

    Enjoying your writings.
    Have not seen you at PF, probably now on a different schedule?
    Are you still at your old location, or have you now moved?

    • Sally Sally says:

      Hi Doug. Thanks for reading my blog. If you read back a few weeks you will notice they are “notes from the cottage.” We are renting a small place in Maine until we find a new home. Best to Louise. slw

  3. Elise says:

    Great blogpost, Sally =) Tracked you down just to say I appreciate your kind comment on my paintingglory.wordpress blog, thanks! Only saw your comment this morning…I’ve been in Florida since Thanksgiving due to a family illness and have just been able to return to painting. Sterling College was a wonderful place to exhibit! Great school.
    Blessings to you and Happy Spring!

    Elise Andréa
    Fine Watercolor Artist/Instructor/Illustrator

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