Enter aspiring author in his mid fifties. Once again, no picture, but did say in his message he would be happy to send one. His message was a little silly and caused some eye rolling, but a bit entertaining. Said he lives in California but would be traveling here for business, and would I like to have dinner? I decided to decline after a few more messages, which will not be hard to understand as you continue to read. Playfully, he gave me a list to check off which sentence described my thoughts. For example:
1. do I have so many guys messaging me that i cant possibly respond
2. you sound sweet but i am diabetic
3. you sound like a nut and i am allergic.
You get the gist. And the eye rolling.
He added that he was a writer of short spicy stories and did I want to read one? Hmmmm not really sure about that. The thoughts going through my head were basically, I don’t know you and I don’t want to read spicy anything from someone I don’t know. I don’t even like spicy food! Ordering a book from Amazon or getting one from the library, where I can read a summary or a book cover to see the subject matter, would be a different story ( no pun intended). I have read my share of spicy, 50 Shades of Grey, for example, and other assorted spicy morsels.
Being a closet writer, after a bit of deliberation, I decided I would like to see what he had. I sent him my email and he sent me a story. Starting to read, I realized the character had the same name as I did! WAIT. He had changed the female character to my name! And yes, a little note, I made the mistake of ending one of my messages with my first name. Now, of course, a bit late, I double check to make sure I don’t inadvertently sign my name until I decide I want to give my name. He had signed his right away on his messages, which I have noted, many men do without hesitation. And, yes, of course, the male character had his name! Well, spicy was an understatement. This was 4 hot chile peppers next to the word spicy!
I told him that his writing is good, but this deserved an “R” rating! That just fueled the fire. Of course now I received a second story. This one at least 5 hot chile peppers! I was now getting uncomfortable. No need to see anymore. And please don’t use my name. EVER. I think spice affects one’s listening skills, because then story # 3 shows up. Normally, curiosity wins out , but this one I deleted and never responded. Happy to say, no more have shown up and I am hoping I don’t hear from him, ever. And yes he also sent me a picture, That didn’t help me want to read the stories either.