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Exercise #164 : Opening by Ovid

Ovid wrote: "Jupiter from on high smiles at the perjuries of lovers." Use this as the first line for what could be the opening paragraph of a novel about love.

1,2,3, GO!

Jupiter on high smiles at the perjuries of lovers. It has been said that if one is lucky enough to be the focus of her watchful yet favorable gaze will forever be lucky in love, despite these perjuries. However, if one should so unfortunate as to gain attention from her malignant eye... That person is doomed forever to roam the Earth alone, celibate not by choice but by divine orientation. 

We join one such unlucky individual as he has just come home from one of the most disastrous dates in his life.


Oh, good gracious. Remind me never to anger Lady Jupiter!

Oddly enough, however, I actually have a question for you, my lovely readers:

What is your take on "casual dating?"

Now, I think by now we've already covered the fact that I am notorious for my prudish ways, and I not only accept that but am proud of the fact that I have stubbornly stuck by my original plans to practice abstinence until I feel that 1) I'm ready to have sex and 2) I'm with the man with whom I'm going to spend the rest of my life. Now, I won't be one to say that these requirements say "wait until marriage," but I do know that I won't be having sex anytime soon simply because I'm not currently involved with anyone, and I have absolutely no desire to get married.

That being said, I still want to date. But I know myself. I'm not capable of this "casual dating" phenomenon due to the mere fact that when I start thinking romantically about someone I get serious, and I get serious quickly. I've been brought up to believe that dating has one purpose (with several perks on the side): to find the person who is willing to cultivate a long term relationship / marriage with me, so it's extremely difficult for me to go out with someone without that lingering in the back of my mind. To me, dating does not serve the purpose to have something to do on the weekends, and I can't get past that. I mean, can't we just hang out and have fun without adding that extra element?

What do you think? Are you a casual dater? If not, why? Is it something you've tried and decided not to continue? Or are you like me and don't think you're emotionally able to do it? If you are, then fill me in on your secrets, because I'm entirely befuddled.

This is something I've been thinking about quite a bit over the last little while, and I keep talking myself in this giant circle, ending up right back where I started, possibly more confused than ever.

So I have one request:


Diandra said…
Well, I don't know if I am a casual dater. The only time I ever actually dated someone, I ended up in the relationship that has been going on for more than 3 years now. I must be doing something wrong!

Well, one thing I loved doing (and still love doing, if I have the time) is simply going out with friends to enjoy myself. Girls, guys, Marsians - don't care. I also don't care how long I've known them... sometimes I will "meet" someone on the internet and simply decide to meet them. Yes, I am a little strange that way. Before I met the BF, I met some guys I really liked, but we never went on dates.

(Perhaps my take on dating differs from yours - simply meeting someone for fun is not dating, I guess. It's hanging out. And no, on these occasions I never let the guy touch so much as my hand.)
lea said…
How can I become a focus of Jupiter's gaze? I am very unlucky when it comes to love.
Caralin said…
I think you confuse Jupiter with a goddess. Jupiter is the Roman equivalent to Zeus and married to Juno. He is the chief god and is said to punish perjuries (in court) with sending a lightening bolt.

I just found your blog via Blog of Note and really like the exercises I have seen so far. I think I'll try some next time I have writers block.


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