Call me a Prairie Vole #mfrwauthor

Once again, here’s the Marketing for Romance Writers blog hop. For  week 41, the writing prompt is:

My First Love

Scientists have found that some prairie voles are genetically programmed to be monogamous. They’ve even located the gene that controls this.

Lovey dovey voles

Researchers at The University of Texas at Austin have found that natural selection drives some male prairie voles to be fully monogamous and others to seek more partners. The surprising contrasts in the animals’ brains result from differences in their DNA.

If (and I stress the iffiness) there’s a ‘fidelity gene’ in humans, that would explain a lot, wouldn’t it? In fact, it could make a good science fiction romance.

Hmm (wheels turning).

Anyway, if there’s such a gene in human, I have it. And it seems to affect not just relations with my beloved wife, but my loyalty to other things, as well. Cases in point:

While home sick with pertussis at age 8, I watched baseball games because nothing else was on TV. I became a fan of the Chicago White Sox merely because I saw them play. Eons later, I’m still a Sox fan, even though they’re horrible.

When Vancouver, where I lived at the time, was awarded an expansion team, hockey fever struck the city. I caught the fever (not pertussis this time). Although we moved from Vancouver before the Canucks played a single game, I’m still a Vancouver Canucks fan nearly fifty years later, even though they’re horrible.

I wanted to transfer belatedly into high school band class, but the only way the conductor would let me in was if I took up the oboe. I did — and discovered I had a knack for it. I played several other instruments in school, but fifty years later, the only one I’m still playing is the oboe, even though I’m horrible.

I started dating Judi in high school and was instantly smitten. I suppose you could call it love at first sight, but to be totally honest, it felt more like lust at first sight. I married her a week after graduation and I’m still married 48 years later, even though she’s . . .

(Do you really expect me to say “horrible”?)

Wonderful.

Un-retouched photo of the author

What about you?

There are many kinds of love: books, people, food, places, etc. It’ll be interesting to see what kinds of first love other writers taking part in this blog hop chose to write about.

Shameless self-promotion

As some of you know, my science fiction romance, Escapee, was a finalist for the RONE award. At the lavish award ceremony, Escapee didn’t win — but it was the first runner up. Hey, it’s better than a kick in the rear.

I also got a picture of Mr Valentine (my marketing gimmick) with this blog hop’s very own Alina Field. She’s the one on the right.

Several women at the conference weren’t shy about fondling my rubber ‘six-pack abs.’ Weird.

Escapee — The African Queen in Outer Space

escapee smaller

My romantic space opera, Escapee, continues the saga of the Dukelsky family (begun in The Guardian Angel of Farflung Station). If you like The African Queen and the thrill of underdogs finding love while battling a hostile world, you’ll love Escapee.

Photos of voles courtesy Science Daily.

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24 comments

  1. LOVE the pic of you and Alina (what a great chest you have, Ed! ). I’m sorry you didn’t win, but congrats for first runner up. Your wife is a lucky lady!

    1. Thanks for the compliment, but aren’t you going to compliment Alina on hers?

  2. Sherry Lewis · · Reply

    I love your love story! It’s rare to find human beings with the fidelity gene, and when you do it’s a beautiful thing.

    1. We’ve had a great life together!

  3. IGreat post – I think I have the fidelioty gene too – I’m obsesively loyal even when I know I really shouldn’t be (and I’ve been married a long time too, and I think I’ll keep him!) Congratulations on the RONE Runnerup award – since I couldn’t be there I was actually rooting for you to win!

    1. Thanks for the good wishes, Hywela. It was great that we were both runners up.

  4. Congratulations on being 1st Runner Up! Great pic of you and Alina:)

    What a love story! I wish I could have married my HS sweetheart, but it apparently wasn’t in The Plan.

    1. But would your HS sweetheart have as great a chest as mine?

  5. Meka James · · Reply

    LOL love how you are a die-hard fan to teams that are “horrible”. But didn’t the Soxs when that thing last year? Or am I getting them confused? I know it was a team that had a horrible streak that finally did.

    Anyhoo, loved the post and aww sweet you and the wife have been together for so long. One thing you stuck with that isn’t “horrible” ;).

    Congrats on being runner up!

    1. Last year the world series winners were Cubs from Chicago’s north side, not the south side Sox.

  6. Love at first sight in high school worked for us and a few years later we were wed with The Korean War winding up and my sweetheart became a pilot. Nifty story, Ed although you came in first but to me you are the best.

    1. Aw, thanks, Charmaine.

  7. Cathy Brockman · · Reply

    Congratulations for the runner up! That’s amazing! I love the picture of you and Alina! Your abs rock! Great post your wife is lucky to have such a sweet man.

    1. Not only am I sweet, I have great abs!

  8. It warms my heart to hear a guy speak of his fidelity and love for his wife. ❤ Congratulations for being the first runner up, Ed!

    1. Although it seems that negativity prevails, strong love stories are all around. My aunt and uncle have been married 71 years.

      1. That’s amazing! My parents and aunts and uncles were all married over 50 years. 🙂

      2. My parents managed 61 years — which tends to reinforce that fidelity may indeed be an inherited trait, albeit modifiable by experience and personality. “Biology is not destiny.”

  9. Thanks for sharing a great story, Ed. And, Congrats on the 1st Runner Up award, too!

    1. My life has had its downs, but on balance it’s been a great life.

  10. Congratulations on 48 years of marriage and winning runner up. Not a bad day, all in all.

    1. That’s an understatement!

  11. I love your sense of humor, Ed. I’m still laughing at your ‘un-retouched photo of the author’. Thanks so much for sharing!

    1. I must say that caption tickled me, too. Maybe it was the fur that tickled?

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