Now my jaw is sore too

Been experiencing major soreness and tightness of the jawbone. It’s possible this is what is causing my ear pain. I have a dental appointment next Friday. I think this is the first time that major physical discomfort has coincided, in such a dramatic way, with an extremely positive mood. I’m sleeping terribly and every day I experience minor to moderate pain, but I am also pretty happy. It’s unaccountable.

I finished reading So Tough To Tame. It was actually pretty compelling. There are a lot of these YA romances too, actually. Maybe I should read one of those. I mean, when I say YA romance, I’m thinking ‘pure’ romance, rather than YA novel with a romance subplot. For instance I’d say that The Fault In Our Stars was a romance. Actually, the first novel that my agent sent out for me, This Beautiful Fever, was also something of a romance, but not really, because it didn’t have a happy ending. That’s the key component in a romance. The happy ending. Without it, you’ve just got, well, two mismatched people who don’t end up together. And no one wants to read that, because that’s just the reality of day to day life on this earth.

Anyway, I’ve started reading For Whom The Bell Tolls. I like Hemingway, okay. I wish he had fewer war novels, though. I loved The Sun Also Rises. I don’t see why more of his books couldn’t have been just about chilling in Paris and shit. But anyway, I’m reading this. It’s an odd experience. The dialogue is so stilted. I think it’s that way on purpose? He’s trying to convey some of the rhythms of Spanish? I don’t know what it is, but I think it’s working.

(Basically, I started reading the book because it’s discounted to $1.99 on Amazon).51frUNw6i9L._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-v3-big,TopRight,0,-55_SX278_SY278_PIkin4,BottomRight,1,22_AA300_SH20_OU01_

2 thoughts on “Now my jaw is sore too

  1. Ian Creasey

    You say the key component in a romance is the happy ending, because without it, you’ve just got, well, two mismatched people who don’t end up together.

    But Annie Hall is a great movie, even though Woody and Diane don’t end up together at the end. I love Woody’s quote at the end, “You’re always trying to get things to come out perfect in art because it’s real difficult in life.”

    1. R. H. Kanakia

      I think the rule is more firm in romance fiction (or at least fiction that’s marketed as romance). In movie romances, I can name a few examples of romances that don’t work out in the end (MY BEST FRIEND’S WEDDING) comes to mind. I think that stories about people who don’t end up together can be really good; I just don’t think they offer the pleasure that particular pleasure that a romance novels does (part of which comes from the CERTAINTY that these two will manage to make it work).

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