Friday, 8 November 2013

Women's Things

As you can imagine, being a man and writing short stories for women has its problems. I often have to research certain aspects of a story so that I know I have been accurate and realistic. Things like fashion, make-up and jewellery are subjects I know little about. Of course, these days the internet makes it easy to explore such topics. But it can have its drawbacks.

As you are probably aware, everything you do online is monitored. So much so that you only have to make an enquiry about, say, insurance and you are inundated with ads for life cover, car insurance, house protection etc. This has resulted in me being bombarded with promotions for ladies dresses, expensive perfume and diamond rings. When these offers pop up in my wife's e-mail I have to explain to that I have not been online shopping for her Christmas present. She should be so lucky.

Recently I have been putting together a story which involves a wife using a home pregnancy test and the husband buying those little blue tablets that help a man be a man... if you get my drift. Now, of course, my computer is full of ads for fertility testing and grotesque looking appliances that enhance certain parts of the male anatomy. Again I have had to justify this to my wife. I think she believed me.

15 comments:

  1. Ha ha - that's really funny, Keith. I've had that such a lot when I've been researching things for my stories. Still, it could be worse, your wife might have thought the women's clothes and makeup were for you!

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    1. The clothes are no problem. It's finding shoes to match.

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  2. That is funny :o) I've had to say to my husband that if he sees odd things popping up in our PCs search engine or history, it's all to do with my writing research - that's my excuse anyway!

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    1. Thanks for visiting, Karen. As writers we should be good at making things up.

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  3. Hi Keith, just as well you and your wife have a sense of humour.

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    1. Thanks for dropping by, Rena. You need a sense of humour after 40 years of marriage.

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  4. Too funny! It's a good thing I don't get emails regarding some of the things I've researched... like how to make various explosives, and conditions in reform schools.

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    1. Explosives, Susan? Doesn't that warrant a visit from the guys in black suits?

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    2. Not yet! But I have a feeling my husband will point them in my direction when they get here...

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  5. That's so funny, Keith! And you have a story there too :-) x

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  6. I'm intrigued by your story, Keith. I didn't think the womags would go for stories about the little blue tablets ...

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  7. It's something I'm trying out, Sally. There seem to be a few outlets for slightly edgier stories. I'm sure I'll find a home for it somewhere.

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  8. Haha! next you'll be getting ads targeting transvestites I suppose... :D it's so funny what these ads pick up on. I keep getting ads for houses in Haywards Heath, a place I don't remember ever having been or shown any interest in.

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    1. How odd, Jenny. You weren't researching Ted Heath were you? Or ordering some Hayward's Pickles?

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