Thursday, April 02, 2009

Pick a Number, Any Number

I have a little book on my bookshelf called 10,000 Ways to Say I Love You. Wait; what's wrong with a simple "I love you?" Who the heck needs 10,000 ways, you may well ask.

Sometimes--well, a lot of times--in our writing, the simple "I love you" can't be spoken for one reason or another. That's where this book comes in. It's a great source of inspiration. The author, Gregory J.P. Godek, lists as number one "Honor your partner's individuality." Number 10,000 is "Live happily ever after."

And between those two are 9,998 other ideas. Granted, some take a bit of imagination to work (8,552: "Create two cartoon characters based on the two of you"); others aren't individual ideas at all (Number 4,305 is "Take a Romantic Cruise" and the following 27 entries are the Web sites for various cruise lines).

Still, even a few thousand ways to say I love you stirs the creativity. Interested? Give me a number, and I'll look it up.


Christine said...

I love it! I pick 243 and we'll see what it says. Is the book still in print?

Christy Reece said...

Hey JoAnn, this is fun! I pick 713!

JoAnn said...

Christine -- here you are! Number 243: When attending a wedding, whisper the vows to one another.

I checked on Amazon, because I was going to link it in the blog. It appears to be available only as a used book.

JoAnn said...

Christy, Number 713 is part of number 711 "Dress as her version of Prince Charming...Whether it's (number 712) in a tuxedo or (713) a tank-top T-shirt and hard hat.


Christy Reece said...

LOL. Hard hat and T-shirt, huh? I can work with that. (Wink)

Christine said...

Oh yeah, I can work with the hard hat scenario all day long! And I love my number's idea... cool!

Carla Swafford said...

Hmmm, I pick 6666. Yeah, I know in the South and elsewhere, people avoid that number. So that made me wonder what he wrote. Plus let us know on number 13. I'm being greedy, but curious.

Good post, JoAnn.

Karen Beeching said...

I pick 35 and 59. May favorite numbers!

This is fun!

M.V.Freeman said...

Ok, I want to know #13 and #42, just for kicks and grins!

JoAnn said...

Okie dokie, Carla -- 6,666 just for you:

It's actually part of the one before it.

6665. Practice acts of random kindness...

6666. And senseless loving.

Number 13 is "Write custom word balloons on his favorite comic strip." <-- I actually like this one! :)

JoAnn said...

Karen, here are 35 and 59:

35. Kiss her hand the proper way (lower your lips to her hand)

(I never knew this. I always thought it was the other way around. Probably a good thing I don't write historicals!)

59. Plan a "Mystery Date" for sometime next month.

Ooooooooh. :)

JoAnn said...

Mary, #13 is "Write custom word balloons on his favorite comic strip." Cute idea, isn't it!

Number 42 is "View romance as Adult Play." Hmmm. This could be taken several different ways! :)

M.V.Freeman said...

This is the neatest thing! LOL
I like the writing custom balloons on the comic strip...that's nifty.

And since I am wildly curious...can I ask some more numbers? How about 50 and 95?

Have you noticed I always shoot for the lower numbers? LOL Just for that, about 3000?

Louisa Cornell said...

How cool is this! What a neat idea, JoAnn!

How about Number 11, Number 3 and Number 29 ?

And then for the fun of it 1776 and 1815.

JoAnn said...

Here you go, Mary. :)

Number 50 is actually part of "8 songs to help you express your feelings: Love & Tenderness". And the song he lists for Number 50? "Always on My Mind" by Willie Nelson (<-- oh wow, one of my favorites!)

95. Leave written clues that lead her to a restaurant where you're waiting for her.

3000. This one's actually part of "12 Unusual Gift Tips for Lovers": Get one gift for the outdoors and one gift for the indoors.


JoAnn said...

Okay, Louisa, here are your numbers:

11.Romantic Resource: 1-800-FLOWERS

3. Attend a lousy movie, sit in the balcony, and make out in the dark. (I'm not sure when the author last went to a movie, but I think he'd be hard pressed to find a balcony in the cineplex! lol!)

29. Hide a pair of earrings in a box of chocolates.

1776 and 1815 are stretches, in my opinion. They're part of a huge (unnumbered) section on namesake places in states (such as Roberta, Georgia). I suppose if your soulmate's name was Roberta, you could take her there? Take a picture of the town for her? Hmmm. Interesting. Anyway, number 1815 is (I think) Ulysses: Kansas, Nebraska, and Pennsylvania. I'm not sure what 1776 is because they're not numbered in this group. But it's probably somewhere around Lydia: MInnessota and South Carolina.


Diane Richmond said...

How about 713? Happy writing!

JoAnn said...

Diane, you and Christy think alike! haha!

Number 713 is part of number 711 "Dress as her version of Prince Charming...Whether it's (number 712) in a tuxedo or (713) a tank-top T-shirt and hard hat.