“You Should Date A Girl Who Reads” ~ My 100th Post ~

I’m so excited to be posting my 100th blog post hot on the heels of my 1 year Blogiversary post, then getting to share about Our British Invasion as well! Since the main topic of the aforementioned visit was books and the awesome adventure shared to obtain them, I thought the following piece was absolutely incredible and wished to share it with all of you for my first video reading….Vlog, if you will.

I present to you “You Should Date A Girl Who Reads” written by Rosemarie Urquico ~  I am so hopeful you will enjoy my reading of her magical words…

Thank you!

Christina ~

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“You should date a girl who reads. Date a girl who reads. Date a girl who spends her money on books instead of clothes, who has problems with closet space because she has too many books. Date a girl who has a list of books she wants to read, who has had a library card since she was twelve.
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Find a girl who reads. You’ll know that she does because she will always have an unread book in her bag. She…’s the one lovingly looking over the shelves in the bookstore, the one who quietly cries out when she has found the book she wants. You see that weird chick sniffing the pages of an old book in a secondhand book shop? That’s the reader. They can never resist smelling the pages, especially when they are yellow and worn.
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She’s the girl reading while waiting in that coffee shop down the street. If you take a peek at her mug, the non-dairy creamer is floating on top because she’s kind of engrossed already. Lost in a world of the author’s making. Sit down. She might give you a glare, as most girls who read do not like to be interrupted.
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Ask her if she likes the book.
Buy her another cup of coffee.
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Let her know what you really think of Murakami. See if she got through the first chapter of Fellowship. Understand that if she says she understood James Joyce’s Ulysses she’s just saying that to sound intelligent. Ask her if she loves Alice or she would like to be Alice.
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It’s easy to date a girl who reads. Give her books for her birthday, for Christmas, for anniversaries. Give her the gift of words, in poetry and in song. Give her Neruda, Pound, Sexton, Cummings. Let her know that you understand that words are love. Understand that she knows the difference between books and reality but by god, she’s going to try to make her life a little like her favorite book. It will never be your fault if she does.
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She has to give it a shot somehow.
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Lie to her. If she understands syntax, she will understand your need to lie. Behind words are other things: motivation, value, nuance, dialogue. It will not be the end of the world.
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Fail her. Because a girl who reads knows that failure always leads up to the climax. Because girls who read understand that all things must come to end, but that you can always write a sequel. That you can begin again and again and still be the hero. That life is meant to have a villain or two.
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Why be frightened of everything that you are not? Girls who read understand that people, like characters, develop. Except in the Twilight series.
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If you find a girl who reads, keep her close. When you find her up at 2 AM clutching a book to her chest and weeping, make her a cup of tea and hold her. You may lose her for a couple of hours but she will always come back to you. She’ll talk as if the characters in the book are real, because for a while, they always are.
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You will propose on a hot air balloon. Or during a rock concert. Or very casually next time she’s sick. Over Skype.
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You will smile so hard you will wonder why your heart hasn’t burst and bled out all over your chest yet. You will write the story of your lives, have kids with strange names and even stranger tastes. She will introduce your children to the Cat in the Hat and Aslan, maybe in the same day. You will walk the winters of your old age together and she will recite Keats under her breath while you shake the snow off your boots.
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Date a girl who reads because you deserve it. You deserve a girl who can give you the most colorful life imaginable. If you can only give her monotony, and stale hours and half-baked proposals, then you’re better off alone. If you want the world and the worlds beyond it, date a girl who reads.
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Or better yet, date a girl who writes.”
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~Rosemarie Urquico ~
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Friday Fictioneers ~ No Second Chance…

This is my first attempt at participating in the Friday Fictioneers  challenge; indeed an intriguing challenge. Thank you Rochelle! And thank you Jennifer Pendergast for this wonderfully inspiring photograph. For more information on how to be a part of the Friday Fictioneers , click on the link above! And since this is my first attempt, please be gentle 😉

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March 6 2013 Friday Fictioneers Photo Challenge(Photo Credit to Jennifer Pendergast)

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She had studied this scene over and over in her mind. She knew every step, knew how long she would have when the moment came. She had to be perfect; there would be no second chance. She steadied her breath. Her accoutrements were at the ready.

Now all there was left to do was wait. Yes, wait for that perfect moment. She heard footsteps begin the descent down the majestic staircase. Counting each footfall….knowing he was coming closer. She positioned her .338 Lapua Magnum…looking through the scope she was ready; three more steps and the mark was hers

“Mom!” startled she stepped away from her laptop to investigate…

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Let Me Be….

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Let Me Be...

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Cacophony…Noise….Disquiet….

It is too much…

All of it…

Let me be still…

I want to think my quiet little thoughts in surround sound of silence…

Let comfort be my pillow and tranquility my blanket….

If words were my ocean…let me dip my toes into the pool of serenity….

let them swirl about soothing me…whisper intrigue…

as they entwine to form expression of emotion…

A thought…a feeling…a wish…

They encircle me filling me with wonder at their joining…

Fascination at their power…

Yes…please…

Let me be…just for awhile longer…

If I am very still…they come to me…dance for me…bring me tears…delight…placidity…

a quixotic smile at their unique denouement…

Yes…please…

Let me be…

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Captivated…

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You look into me…

Me into you….

We meet there in the middle…

Captivated…

Need drives its own insistent desire to inception…

Embraced in this perfect moment…

Held by the enigmatic nature of will…

Unable to look away…

Locked in place….

Locked in time…

Don’t look away…

Keep me here as I memorize your soul with mine…

Let us stay suspended in wonder….

Before reality’s ocean rips us apart….

We are helpless in its wake….

Fate’s cruelty using us as pawns for pleasure….

Neither here nor there….

Our moment permanently fixed in the stars for all time…

Love…without completion…without end…

Forever captivated….

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Divine Torment…

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waiting seaside

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Can you feel my presence?

I can feel yours…

Enticing me…

Sometimes you’re like a soft breeze…

A delicate whisper…

Gentle and knowing…

Beckoning me…

Sometimes you’re like waves crashing…

washing over me…through me…intoxicating me…

Can you feel it?

That illusory electric spark…

Magnetic…

Addictive…

Taunting…

Seductive…

Divine torment…

waiting twilight

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You want me?

Come find me…

Make up your mind.

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This is the last of a fictional series that began with Edge of Peripheral & Decadance In The Dark. I have to give special thanks to Eris of Discord for sparking my imagination with an incredible poem in the comments of and  inspired by Edge of Peripheral.

Also many many thanks to my other amazing friends who requested I do follow up to the first in this entertaining little surreal fantasy.

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Decadence In The Dark…

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Twilight Moon

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I feel your gaze…a soft caress…
I see you between the pale light of the rising moon and deep shadows…
There and not there..
Waiting…
Come find me…
Dance this subtly surreal dance with me…
Decadence in the dark…
Let us stay in the hidden peripheral..
I, in the trance of twilight’s tempestuous temptation…
You, on the edge of everything and nothing…
There… not there…
Come find me…
Take my hand…
Rescue me…

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Edge of Peripheral…

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Peripheral

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I can almost see you
I know I don’t know you…
Simultaneously, I know everything about you…
You are in my dreams…
In my thoughts…
We meet there occasionally…
There is the known and unknown…
That magical seductive dance that ignites my imagination…
Recognition….
There you are…
Waiting for me…
On the edge of peripheral…

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