Tuesday, February 14, 2012

For you this Valentine's Day: a new short story

Valentine's Day is one of my favourite holidays of the year.
"Cupid's arrow" image from

Yes, I know that it's becoming terribly commercialized. I don’t like that I have to spend twice as much to buy my wife roses on February 14 compared to almost every other day of the year (except for Mother’s Day). I don’t like the way all the restaurants are crowded to bursting, and the sight of all the men rushing through malls, card stores and florists’ shops fill me with alternating laughter and anger (when they get in my way).

You’re right. We spend way too much money on Valentine’s Day. And I know that it has been changed from a fertility rite to a soft-porn spending splurge.

But at the same time, it’s a celebration of love in all forms—romantic, erotic, silly, sappy, sweet, hot. How can you decry love?

You don’t have a lover? Valentine’s is not only about romantic-erotic love between two people. Remember how you made valentines for every boy and girl in your class in grade school?

In the spirit of celebration, here is a Valentine to the world. I’m giving away the next installment of my “anti-magician” story. It began before Hallowe’en with “Dark Clouds,” and continues with “What Made Me Love You?” You can read it in its entirety online, through the tab at the top of the page, or download an EPUB version.

I can’t give you all chocolate and flowers, so you’ll have to settle for words.

Let me know what you thought of the story through comments or tweets.

1 comment:

  1. Scott,

    I thoroughly enjoy reading everything you put before me! I really appreciate the Dark Clouds download for my Kindle.. that is soooo cool of you! Oh, and before I forget, thank you so much for stopping by my blog. I agree with you on Valentine's Day, commercial or not... I like it!

    big hugs,