Monday, December 12, 2005

The_Lex, the anti-Romantic, Writes Copy for the World

I'll admit it. I would make a bad protagonist for an adventure Romance. Danger and me don't really have a good chemistry. I don't like the idea of dying prematurely, and pain doesn't look very appetizing, either.

I'm not really a guy who takes big chances.

Unless you consider traveling halfway across the country in a couple months without a job or place to live secured yet as adventerous. The fiancee and I don't really have too many friends out there, either.

Despite the lack of security, we're doing it.

But I've taken something of a step tonight closer to security. I finished up a proposal letter for a volunteer copy writing project proposal and formatted up a couple writing samples. Tomorrow, I put them in the mail, wait a little while then, if I don't hear back from them, I give them a call to see if they got a chance to read my proposal.

Not incredibly exciting. I'm not going to fight a dragon. I won't find great wealth. I may help save the world, a little bit, though, as I try explain Tradable Renewable Energy Certificates and encourage consumers to buy them.

All the while, I work a day job, write in a Blog, have an exciting relationship with a great fiancee, go out and meet people at interesting concerts, have some interesting food at restaurants and the usual types of things that happen in Modern Boston.

Ah crap. . .what am I talking about, Boston's gotten pretty darn boring, or is it just me? Do I just not go out enough or do enough things for self betterment and such because I want to finish my adventuresome Romantic dystopian novel or want to land a copy writing career in Chicago? Am I wasting away my life with these ambitions that may never come true because I could die tomorrow, or do these not-so-social ventures have some kind of virtue, value and adventure to them?

Is Carrie Bradshaw from Sex in the City our contemporary adventure Romance? How about Law and Order? The OC? What makes the contemporary Romance other than just love and sex?


Nora said...

Acandidate for Modern Romance (one's all I got off the top of my head):

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer -- A young boy looking for his father - what could be more Hero With a Thousand Faces?

As for moving across the country to an unkown city with out a job, I really can't recommend it enough. That's what Brian and I did when we moved to SF, and it was probably the best descision of my adult life. And it probably is just a little Hero of A Thousand Faces as far as growing up and moving away from childhood friends habits and locales goes.

The_Lex said...

Oh, is that why I don't really see you around that much? I just thought that happened because I moved to the other side of the river.

I never heard of that book. I'll have to check it out.

I'm willing to consider Jack Kerouac's On the Road and Dharma Bums as Adventure Romances, of sorts.

Then I guess The Lex-Topia could be an Adventure Romance, too. One scholar did say that utopias usually have characteristics of the Romance, after all.

Philosopher Queen said...

I'm not sure what makes a romance romantic, but if you've seen Pride and Prejudice, THAT is romantic. A classic made to appeal to contemporary audiences.

The_Lex said...

Yeah, I've been hearing a lot of good things about Pride and Prejudice, mostly from the fiancee.