As Valentine’s Day approaches, I invite you to share your tale of love lost or found on a journey away from home, whether made recently or long, long ago. You’ll read about my great love lost as I crisscrossed the U.S. over fifty years ago, and about my great love found from the mountains to the sea in California a few years later.
Don’t make us blush; tone down the “intimate” details. But make us smile as you confess your “love” to the entire World-Wide Web, not to mention all of my Twitter followers, and Facebook Fans and Friends.
Here’s how to participate:
In an e-mail to email@example.com, relate your romantic tale. Limit your submission to about 500 words or less. Previously published stories are acceptable, as long as you can confirm that you retain the rights to republication elsewhere.
If you can, include one photograph that you or a traveling companion took during the trip. An be sure to mention any song that brings back memories of being lost on the road of love when you hear it played.
Write a brief “bio” about yourself, and list your Website or blog address, Twitter handle, or Facebook Fan page, so you get proper credit for the piece.
I’ll run as many of these love stories as I can before, on, and after the day Cupid delivers his chocolates and roses. You only grant me the right to run your story on this blog with your permission and attribution; you retain all other rights.
(If you find yourself “on the road” in the San Francisco Bay Area on Saturday, February 11, 2011, truck on over to the Bar Area’s Liveliest Bookstore, Book Passage, in Corte Madera to hear writers and editors Laurie McAndish King and Linda Watanabe McFerrin read from Hot Flashes 2: Sexy Little Stories and Poems. Whether or not you make the event, buy the book as a Valentine’s Day gift for your secret love.)
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