We’ve all seen those singles want ads in local papers or online. People are looking for partners and attempt to somehow explain themselves in a few sentences. This is a huge undertaking, and often the outcome is giggle-worthy.
I had to find a website to help explain the abbreviations. Here are some samples:
D – Divorced
DTE – Down to earth
NBM – Never been married.
MM – Marriage minded (or depending on the circles you run in
– a whole different meaning)
FTA – Fun, Travel, Adventure
GSOH – Good sense of humor
ISO – In search of
HWP – Height, weight, proportional
LTR – Long term relationship
LD – Light drinker OR ND – non-drinker
SI – similar interests.
The list goes on and on.
I started thinking about the characters in romance books and what kind of personal ads they might write for themselves. First off, having read the book, we’d probably write a completely different ad for them than they would. Honestly, how many of us have a clue what we’re looking for until we see it, and even then don’t always recognize it?
For instance, I recently finished Home Sweet Texas Home by Caroline Clemmons, and her hero, Derek, might write an ad that reads like this:
Her heroine, Courtney, might post a personal ad that reads like this:
NBM F ISO M with GSOH who likes FTA.
However, after reading Ms. Clemmons book I would write a completely different ad for both Derek and Courtney. Here’s my take.
Derek: Divorced male, father of two, hurt by and mistrustful of all women. A devoted father who puts his children first. Looking for companionship. Hard worker. Not interested in marriage ever again.
Courtney: Never been married female who recently inherited a lot of
money. Hard worker with much to prove to colleagues. Enjoys the 3Ds (dining,
dancing, dressing up) because she’s never gotten to do that before. Wishes to make life a better place for people. Guardian for her brother, whom she puts first. Likes children. Trust issues with men who accuse her of tricking others out of their fortunes.
In my current release, One for the Road, both my lead characters start off the book posting ads, though they’re not exactly personal ads.
Tyler: Seeking cheap transportation for cross country tour. Wanted: large crew cab truck or comparable. Will swap classic El Dorado Cadillac.
Neither character knew what they were really looking for on the personal front when they posted those business ads. The last thing they expected to find was love. Funny how want ads can open a whole other can of worms! Read an excerpt of One for the Road here.
I Want Your Comments!
If you are an author, I’d love to hear the personal ads you’d write for your characters, or if you’re a reader, share a recently read book and the ad you’d write for those characters. This will be lots of fun!
I’ll chose one commenter and send a copy of One for the Road in either print or
e-book form gift card from The Wild Rose Press, per winner’s choice. Or, if
you already have the book, I’ll send a gift certificate for any book of your choice.
Now – show me those personal ads! (This blog will be up all week. Winner will be chosen and posted this coming Saturday.)
Until next week – make it a great one!