Jan. 23rd, 2011

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Right, so, in order for me to tell you this story, there are three things you need to know about me.

1) I wear sunglasses constantly, large ones that cover the top of my face. Jackie-O sunglasses, if you will. The size of them is half a fashion choice and half because I'm prone to migraines that are triggered by side-light exposure; the fact that I wear them constantly is a tic I inherited from my father. It does not have to be sunny for me to be wearing sunglasses. It doesn't even have to be threatening sunshine. Sun does not factor in the equation at all. As a general rule, I am in sunglasses if (a) I am outdoors and (b) it is day. I CAN'T HELP IT, GUYS. I NEED THEM TO LIVE.

2) The house that I live in at the moment has a number of fabulous amenities, but the driveway is not one of them. It is long. It is thin. It is raised about an inch off the beds of soft grass that surround it. This would be entirely acceptable if I lived somewhere like Arizona, or Florida, or even Kentucky--warm or warmish places, places where the sky does not open up and spit down ridiculous amounts of snow every two days or so. In Cleveland, where the average yearly snowfall is FIFTY SIX INCHES, this driveway is not acceptable. It is, in fact, unacceptable. Whoever made the executive decision to build it in this way should, in my humble and admittedly biased opinion, be taken out back and shot.

3) I am sure, somewhere out there in the wide wide world, there are women who weep daintily into their handkerchiefs at entirely appropriate moments, retaining both their dignity and class while doing so. I am equally sure that there are women who, while they might not be dainty about it, cry only when acceptable circumstance demands it--when they are sad, for example, or perhaps deeply and unutterably horrified. I, because I've never found a convention I couldn't merrily if accidentally flout, cry only in one circumstance: when I am hideously, furiously, stab-someone-in-the-face pissed off.

SO, NOW THAT YOU KNOW THESE THINGS ABOUT ME, ALLOW ME TO TELL YOU ABOUT MY AFTERNOON.

I made the cardinal error of deciding to leave my home--I know, I know, what was I thinking, how dare I tempt the universe in such a way, I'M SO TERRIBLE--to run a quick errand. I pulled on my boots and my jacket and my little scarf, I slid my trusty sunglasses onto my face (state of sunshine: non-existent), and I went out to my car.

Me: Okay, car, hello, lovely to see you, let's just back down the driveway nice and easy to get to the road, yes?
Car: WHERE WE'RE GOING, WE DON'T NEED ROADS.
Me: But we're going to...the gas station...
Car: NO, WE'RE GOING TO THE EDGE OF THE DRIVEWAY AND SLIDING INTO THE SNOW.
Me: I'm sorry, car, but *I* am in control of the vehicle, so I think that in fact we are going to just back down nice and easy and...slip on the ice and...GODDAMN IT CAR I HATE WHEN YOU ARE RIGHT.
Car: Well, maybe next time you should appreciate my Back to the Future references, I am just saying.

At this point I decided that my car was not worth listening to, and began the process of trying to rock it back and forth out of the snowbank. Which, generally, works. THIS IS NOT THE FIRST TIME I HAVE BEEN STUCK IN THE SNOW, because I've been driving for five years and living in Cleveland for most of that. I am, by and large, pretty skilled as a snow driver.

However, some days are just motherfuckers.

Me: C'mon, baby, please, please, please, please--
Car: What is this, one of your ridiculous fanfictions? TALKING DIRTY TO ME WILL GET YOU NOWHERE.
Me: It's been half a fucking hour, there's only so long I can fucking do this--
Car: That's what your mother said last night!
Me: FUCK YOU YOU MOTHERFUCKING PIECE OF FILTHY FUCKING SHIT FUCK YOU AND FUCK THE FACTORY YOU WERE BUILT IN AND FUCK EVERY ROAD YOU'VE EVER DRIVEN ON AND EVERY TIRE YOU'VE EVER TOUCHED YOU EVIL GUS-GUZZLING MOTHERFUCKING WHORE.

Please note, while most of this dialogue between me and my car has been fabricated for obvious reasons (this just in: cars don't talk), that last thing actually came out of my mouth. At a volume decidedly higher than was acceptable. Additionally, by this point I was so angry that I had, in fact, started crying, which only exacerbated my rage, and as such only increased my volume, and as I was screaming and revving the engine uselessly and pounding on the steering wheel like a crazy person...

...a kind stranger willing to help me out knocked on my window.

NOW, LIVEJOURNAL, UPSETTINGLY ENOUGH, THIS IS NOT THE MOST EMBARRASSING THING THAT HAS EVER HAPPENED TO ME IN MY DRIVEWAY. That award still goes to the time my neighbor caught me outside at 3 in the afternoon on a Sunday, wearing a robe and tie-dye pants tucked into white Ugg boots, smoking a cigarette and drinking cranberry juice out of a wine glass because the dishwasher contained all my other drinkware. In an attempt to assure her that I was not so much of a lush as I seemed, I hastily said "Oh, no, it's totally okay, this was just the biggest cup I could find!" This...did not endear her to my cause.

However, despite it being only the second-most embarrassing thing to ever have occurred in my driveway, it was still HIDEOUSLY OH MY GOD WHAT THE FUCK MORTIFYING. By all right this guy should have taken one look at me, said "EGADS, WHAT ON EARTH IS THAT, WITH HER PUFFY FACE AND HER INAPPROPRIATE-FOR-THE-WEATHER GIANT SUNGLASSES AND HER FOULLY SHRIEKING MOUTH," and headed directly for the hills. But this stranger--who didn't give me his name, just flitted in and out of my day to assist me and was gone before I could thank him--this stranger did not do that. Instead he spent fifteen minutes of his time pushing my car out of the rut and setting me free.

SO, today's tales of my tragically ridiculous life are brought to you by the letter A, the number 2, and the concept of paying it forward. BE KIND UNTO STRANGERS, GUYS, EVEN CRAZY ONES. Because sometimes, sometimes, crazy people are just girls like me, who can't help that their car is a gas-guzzling whore.

Or, if you're not willing to do that, then at very least consider looking into upgrading your plow service.

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EVERYONE STOP WHAT YOU ARE DOING AND CHECK THIS OUT AT ONCE.


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That's right, guys: an Inception Harlequin romance challenge, all for us. AND IT ISN'T EVEN MY BIRTHDAY. The hearts in my eyes, they are reaching epic proportions. I may need to be seen by a doctor.

From the comm:


There are three ways for you to participate:

- If you have a romance novel idea you want to write about/create art for, go for it! Let’s say you have that Nora Roberts’ book about the family of jewel thieves lying around in your attic, and you just can’t stop thinking how great it would be if it starred Ariadne and Yusuf. Have at it! Any genre of romance is fair game – contemporary, Regency, cowboys, paranormal… As long as it features sexy people falling in love, that’s fine!

- If you have your own "original" romance novel idea you’re dying to write, that’s cool, too! If you’ve been dying to write Arthur and Eames as rival scientists who fall in love (or rival bakery owners who fall in love, or rival evil counts who fall in love...), fantastic!

- OR if you’d like, we’ve collected some prompts! These are blurbs from the back of actual romance novels. You can use as much or as little of the prompt as you want. If, for example, the prompt is about a single mother of three who needs cash for an operation for the baby so she sleeps with her boss, and you want that to be Arthur and Eames minus the babies and operation, no problem! If you’d like to use one of the prompts listed below, drop a comment on this post and we’ll mark it as taken. (If they all get taken – eeee! – we’d be happy to go find more!)

THE RULES

♥ All Harlequin Challenge stories must be a minimum of 1,000 words. ART IS ALSO WELCOME!!

♥ When posting/linking your Harlequin Challenge story to the comm, please reference the prompt the story is based on OR the plot/romance novel summary you used.

♥ DEADLINE FOR CHALLENGE STORIES TO BE POSTED IS MARCH 6TH! AND VALENTINE'S DAY FALLS RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE! PERFECT TIME FOR ROMANCE FICS. :DDDDDDD


I am already working on a completely ridiculous COMPLETELY FUCKING RIDICULOUS story for this, because, um, it is the most awesome idea ever, basically. YOU GUYS SHOULD CHECK IT OUT: the post full of incredible prompts actually pulled from real romance novels ishere, or you guys can make like me and allow your brains to spin webs of brilliantly ludicrous cliches. EITHER WAY, I AM ALREADY STUPIDLY EXCITED TO SEE WHAT HAPPENS.

In conclusion: you know you want to do this. THIS IS SO HOT RIGHT NOW.

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