October 7, 2007

Mills & Boon is updating their website, and sent me an e-mail with a questionnaire. I’m supposed to answer questions like “Who do you most admire?” and “What is you all-time favorite romantic movie?”

I’ve been agonizing about it for a week and a half. I don’t want to fake my answers, since there’s no point in doing it if I’m just making stuff up to sound less like myself and more like a romance writer.

But when my favorite ‘words to live by’ are from Friedrich Nietzsche?* I kind of wonder if I have my ‘romance writer’ game on at all.

*(and that would be “That which does not kill us, makes us stronger.)

I got to “Most romantic gift or gesture received” and gave up and asked my husband what it was. He is the first guy I ever dated. If I got a romantic gift, I’m reasonably sure he gave it to me.

He suggested the engagement ring.

I said, “Too easy.”

He said the little silver ring he gave me that was tied to the stuffed rabbit.

I said I was shooting for something later, in this century, maybe. He gave me that ring when we were dating, and we’ve been married for 23 years, and engaged for several years before that. I mean, really, come on. I don’t want to fake it, but I’m trying to sound a little like a romance writer. I must get romantic gifts all the time.

And he said, “Mouse.”

I said, “Huh?”

He said, “Live mouse. In the living room. See the tail, sticking out from under the door?” And he pointed.

I said, “Uhhhhhhh?” And I held a key down on the keyboard so long that Microsoft set some kind of default, assuming I wanted a slower typing speed. And now, the response time on the keystrokes is so slow that #1 son says I must have dropped the computer on its head, after feeding it lead paint chips.

And the mouse took one look at us, and ran under the book cases.

And then my husband went down to the basement.

And now, I’m going to have to type my most romantic gift as “a baited mouse trap in the living room.” And I’m going to have to type it verrrrrrrry slowwwwwwwly.