Over the last few weeks I escaped from the craziness that is currently my life—prepping a gently neglected (that’s another story) five bedroom house, shop, goat barn, and almost four acres to go on the market—into two beloved romantic comedies.
They are two of my favorite stories by one of my favorite authors, Jennifer Cruisie. (Note Her name is a link to her website. You should visit. I’m just sayin’.) (I’m also including taglines for the books. And book covers. Because these stories are hilarious and true. And I am a major fangirl.)
Fast Women: When a down-on-her-luck divorcée meets a determined-to-dominate detective, they find out that falling in love can be murder…
Faking It: What has reality ever done for you?
Whilst re-enjoying every bit of these stories, I was gobsmacked by how quickly the details of daily life have changed. Both stories are set in the early 2000s.
Every house and business has a landline phone. In Faking It, the hero has a cell phone but it’s almost always turned off. Nobody texts. Nobody takes photos with their phone. Nobody looks things up on the internet with their phones. Nobody plays games with their phones!
Google is not yet an English verb. Computers are PCs or Macs, not laptops or notebooks. People use maps and compasses to find their way around. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and a host of other social media platforms lie somewhere in the future for these characters.
I could go on and on. The point is that as contemporary writers in 2016, we need to keep up with new developments. Or we can switch to writing historicals, or we can set our stories in the recent past. I know of two writers who have done this.
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Me? I'm going to learn how to play Pokemon Go, the new Augmented Reality cell phone game. My fourteen-year-old granddaughter has volunteered to teach me—right after we put the house on the market.