Short story


I’m a writer, so of course it brought a flutter to my soul and a smile to my lips when my oldest daughter informed me this evening that she’s had a story in her head and was starting to put it on paper. It’s about a geeky girl who doesn’t have a date for prom. A popular guy loses his date at the last minute, and asks the geeky girl – even offers to buy her a dress. What a nice Popular Guy!

 Sounds a little Cinderella-ish, right? Sure, until you hear the title:  “Kisses and Sex”.  

Um, what??? 

I asked “Where does the sex part come in?” while I tried to manually Botox my eyebrows into something resembling a calm expression. Lord knows I want to read THAT part. I have to make sure she’s not operating under any misconceptions… make sure the public school health-class education I pay for is doing it’s job. Harumph!

Maybe she just knows already that sex sells… an author doesn’t have to feel bad about the reader getting to the last page and saying “What the?… where’s the sex part???” if said writer already has a nice little royalty check in her wallet. Maybe.


About Laurie

I have too many hobbies, but have finally learned (sort of) how to focus on one at a time and stifle my desire to add more. ;) I'm a mom, a wife, a writer, an artist, a seamstress, a gardener, a backyard-chicken farmer, a fundraiser, a movie-lover, a book hoarder, a junker, a thrift-store-shopper... I also love to laugh, make people happy, and take road trips. Some of these things make it into blog posts. I'm almost 50 and I'm still able to sleep through the night. I consider that a success.

7 responses »

  1. I’m working on a book about a little cute kitty who spends a saturday playing with yarn. It’s called “Yarn and Sex.” Also, I plan to write a book about a funny alien that spends a day in a school before the science teacher realizes that he’s an alien. It’s called “Earth Kid for a Day and Sex.” Publishers demand this kind of crap. You can’t believe…

  2. I want all the punkin family sex books.

    Okay, I haven’t told anybody this in, like, 30 years. But the first short story I ever had published in a non-school magazine was called…..

    Sexual Vegetarian.

    Yes. It was about vegetables. And sex.

  3. Well… I have been shocked at what my teenager knows. They’re so much smarter and savvier than we dare to imagine!

    All this is rather inspiring, too. Maybe I’ll whip up a tutorial about “Felt and Sex”. Then again, Felt and CSI was painful enough…

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