Happy Friday, friends! WE MADE IT.
It’s a long weekend (for must of us) which means even more book reading so I wanted to refresh your memory. Last month, I told you (almost) all aboutÂ A PASSIONATE LOVE AFFAIR WITH A TOTAL STRANGER by Lucy Robinson — a hilarious and sweet book about a main character who starts a business ghostwriting for people on dating websites. So today we are joined by the author herself who shares with us online dating advice via 2014 Lucy to 2005 Lucy.
Hope you get a kick out of this (maybe pick up a few pointers) and check out Passionate Love Affair, which is ON SALE FOR 99 CENTS (until 5/28)Â on your Kindle (then it’s back to also affordable $2.99)!
â™¥ Â Â â™¥ Â Â â™¥
2014 Lucy Robinson:Â Dearest twenty-five year old Lucy. Hello! I’ve noticed that you’ve started Internet dating. I’ve also noticed that you’re looking a bit wild about the eyes. And spending many hours in front of the computer. Is everything OK?
2005 Lucy Robinson:Â ARGHHH! Mummy! Help me! I’ve gone crazy! I was normal before I signed up for online dating! I was SANE!
2014 Lucy Robinson:Â Oh my love. I remember you. I remember feeling like that. It was nuts.
2005 Lucy Robinson: There’s this man . . .
2014:Â There’s always a bloody man.
2005: But he’s so perrrrrfect, big Lucy. He’s amazing. He’s set my world on fire. Nobody’s ever GOT me the way he does. I want his children.
2014:Â Stop RIGHT THERE. For starters, less of the ‘big Lucy’ please.
2005:Â *sighs*Â Right. Sorry.
2014:Â Secondly, darling, I am worried about you. I think you might be in Internet Love, and that is bad. Internet Love is NOT REAL, Lucy. It’s completely made up. You have no idea if the person you’re chatting to is a mad old hobo who smells of feet, but who happens to be very good at saying all the right things.
2005:Â NO, Lucy! It’s not Internet Love! It’s REAL LOVE!
2014:Â *Head in hands*Â Oh Lucy. I was you, remember? Trust me: STEP AWAY FROM THE COMPUTER. He’s not what you want him to be. None of them are. If you were a bit calmer about this whole online dating thing then maybe you’d stand a better chance of meeting a nice man. But, my love, you’re madder than a box of frogs at this moment. Your whole life is centred round Internet dating.
2005:Â *wails*Â But I LOVE HIM . . .
2014:Â Lucy Robinson, listen to me. Listen hard. You are beautiful, lovely, smart and funny. But you are a bit lost at the moment; a bit insecure. You’re relying on some handsome stranger to fill all the little gaps in your happiness . . . But a man can never do that. Not permanently. Learn to love yourself, sweetheart. Learn to trust that you ARE wonderful, you ARE lovable and you WILL find love when you’re ready. All of the men you’ll meet will disappoint you. Not because there’s anything wrong with them, or with internet dating, but because you want more from them than they can ever give you. You’ll end up in a relationship with one of them in two years time, and he’ll break your heart. And you”ll spend months running around after another one who doesn’t even bother to take your calls.
Then in five years, when you’ve given up completely, a gorgeous, kind,silly man will walk into your life and you’ll fall in real love with him.You’ll move in with him, you’ll travel the world with him, you”ll buy a house with him. And your relationship will be easy from the very beginning because by the time you meet him, you’ll have learned to love yourself. So step away from the computer, my lovely. Go off and learn about how great you are -Â just as you areÂ – and stay away from the internet until you truly believe that!
â™¥ Â Â â™¥ Â Â â™¥
Hugs & kisses to Lucy for stopping in today! This was so much fun!