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.
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”?)
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.
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.
Escapee — The African Queen in Outer Space
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.