More than 30,000 hits on my blog and Literary agent very interested but Mr Right has got lost in Antarctica.

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Day 1. Disastrous date as having spent an hour getting ready and hours getting there when I saw him I realised he’d put up an old photo and was now, unfortunately, bald. As I love thick dark hair on men this meant that the date was a waste of time. He also didn’t have the scintillating intellect I was looking for. He obviously liked me and tried to kiss me as we said goodbye but I evaded his advances. Having only fancied one man I’ve met online this date was a turning point. Never again, I resolved, would I go on a date with someone before I was sure what they looked like now. I would insist on Skyping them first. This would not only weed out those who’d put up a super flattering photograph but also stop me getting so wildly excited by the photographs that I’d married them, had their children and planned the entire education of the child before we’d even met.

Day 2. I put this plan into action. A man I was due to meet the following day had only put up one photograph on the dating website. I texted him to say I was reluctant to meet based on one photograph and wanted to Skype instead. He said he didn’t like Skype but would send me some extra photographs. A flurry of photographs followed but when I looked at them I wasn’t sure I fancied him at all. Mr Dangerous and Unavailable (former drug dealer) was at my Shagger and Lurve Addicts Anonymous meeting that night looking suitably dark and hot. I told him he couldn’t move in with me as a lodger as I fancied him too much. His response was “I’m unavailable.”

Day 3. I didn’t get back to the non-Skype online man till the following morning saying I wanted to meet by which time he’d changed his mind and pulled out of the date because he said I was giving “mixed messages.” I had been slightly put off by the fact that he had been texting me every day as I thought this was too keen. Also he didn’t sound as intelligent on the phone as Mr Right (now after he’s dumped me Mr Unavailable) from Britain Stronger in Europe. But as this new guy was now unavailable and had rejected me I was therefore desperate to meet him. It is clear that I am threatened by the prospect of a relationship with a man who is actually available. Having had over 30,000 hits on the blog, which I’ve now turned into a memoir, on WordPress and a US addiction website,  I had received an exciting full manuscript request from an agent. So instead of going on the date sat at home finishing the memoir instead. The first half of the memoir is already with a top publisher so I should know within the next two weeks whether it has commercial potential.

Day 4. More work on the memoir as I ruminated over my never ending attraction to men who are dangerous or unavailable. As I have recovered from OCD, bulimia, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, clinical depression and drug and alcohol addiction this is my only remaining mental health problem. I resolved I would throw my weight towards breaking this barrier which was keeping me alone and would hurl my entire recovery tool box at it.

Day 5. I went to an all day “dating workshop” organised by dating website Guardian Soulmates. Of course I hoped that this would give me an opportunity for face to face contact with hot men on their website. Maybe I would meet an available Mr Right who I was actually interested in. When I got there there were 500 women and 3 men.  But the men were very attractive, tall and dark and I wondered if I would be able to fight through the throngs of women to speak to them. The dating guru who took the workshop said it was vital to “create opportunities” by going up to people you fancied in public places and trying to get their phone number. Of course I’d been able to do this very successfully when I was working for Britain Stronger in Europe as I had the excuse of asking them to “help with my campaign.” I resolved I would put this advice into action and approached two men I fancied in the interval. One gave me his phone number but spent the entire conversation eyeing up a busty blonde and the other said “I’m not looking at the moment.”  Clearly my unavailable men antennae were fully functioning. I learned a lot from the workshop in particular the earth shattering news that it was necessary to “give” to a man. My primary interest in men before had been what they can do for me. I left the workshop resolved to put this new giving into action.

Day 6. I decided that every day I would do at least one nice thing for someone else. As I was already looking after my friend Susanna’s hamster for the summer (which was easy as it had become confused in my house and gone into hibernation) this meant at least one other thing per day. I posted this on Facebook specifying that it did not mean sleeping with various random men who hassle me on Facebook. Since the referendum when I felt I was positively influencing the future of the country, albeit unsuccessfully, I have decided I want to “make a difference” in the area of mental health.  I have come up with an idea for a “mental health survival kit” which could help everyone who goes into a doctor’s surgery with a mental health or addiction problem get extra support and strengthen their recovery.  My local NHS trust and my doctor think it is a very good idea. And I recently had my first job interview for my entire 11 year recovery, to discuss the project.  Unlike my job interviews at the BBC I was on time and didn’t have to invent any imaginary bombs on the tube to explain my delayed arrival.

Day 7. I went to a pro-European meeting trying to unite all the various groups that had split off from Britain Stronger in Europe since the Referendum campaign. I was of course interested in what these groups had to say but also thought it would be an ideal opportunity to meet a politically compatible Mr Right. There were two men I fancied there who I did speak to despite or perhaps because of their youth. But one of them I had met previously and not fancied as he was too white. As he didn’t look like the type who would be keen on winter sunbeds I thought I would give it a miss. The White Man Apocalypse seems to be on me in full force and I only find dark men attractive.

Day 7. Things were hotting up on Elite Singles and I was getting multiple messages every day. This accelerated sharply after I actually started logging on after ignoring the website for 3 months. I resolved to put my new plan in action and insist on Skyping first. The reaction to this from many of the men was extremely hostile telling me to fuck off. But after a while I realised there was a particular way to phrase it that would make them more keen on Skype. I also decided I would wear my bikini for the conversations.

Day 8. I tested this out with my first online Skype interview. Although the picture was fuzzy I could immediately see that he had put up an incredibly flattering photo on the website that didn’t really look like him. I also recoiled at his anti-European Union views. I have pretty much decided I cannot date someone who is pro-Brexit.

Day 9. I went to Shagger and Lurve Addicts Anonymous where I revealed my intensive plan to combat my attraction to men who are dangerous and unavailable. I would, as recommended by the dating guru at the workshop, do breathing exercises with positive affirmations around dating and relationships as well as self-esteem. Although I might not believe them at first if I repeat  “I will not turn into a clingy two year old who calls my boyfriend mummy” often enough it might actually sink in.  I would also pray, I’m not sure to what as I don’t know whether I believe in God, that my attraction to unavailable men be lifted and that my inner child’s desire to heal the relationship with my father who abandoned me be removed. It is this that is behind my incessant attraction to unavailable men. I would also go on a health blitz, cutting down on caffeine and trying to do yoga to help me sleep in an effort to cut down on my psychiatric medication.

Day 10. At a meeting with my new co-sponsor in Shagger and Lurve Addicts Anonymous I set out a series of positive actions I would try to do every day to get me out of the dating quagmire. One of these, which I’m totally unable to do due to Catholic indoctrination from my mother, is regular masturbation. She showed me a website which had a series of rather utilitarian looking vibrators which she promised would “wake me up.”  My sex drive is even more dormant than the hibernating hamster as its been bludgeoned on the head by all my psychiatric medication. I explained that I was terrified of waking my sex drive up, without a partner, as what would happen if I suddenly got out of control and had to shag someone? The reality is that not having a partner and being, as I now realise, chronically avoidant and sexually anorexic I love not having a sex drive.  She said I’d better try to find one pretty damn quickly if I wanted to have a relationship and should perhaps look into cutting down on my psychiatric medication.

Day 11. I tried to put my new yoga plan into action but alas after an hour and a half of yoga was bored shitless and practically fell asleep. This did give me the idea that I could do the yoga at night instead of a sleeping pill.   Disastrous date with the once evil now reformed Vicomte de Valmont, who I was previously obsessed with and have been avoiding for 5 years. I became very upset after he referred to a (white) friend of his as “wog” a derogatory term for black people. He then said “everyone is racist.”  I realised I was so upset as anyone posh and racist reminds me of my father who after he left my Jamaican mother would take the piss out of Jamaicans and say black people were “different” as they “had a different pelvis shape.”  I practically burst into tears and resolved I could not date him. This meant that every opportunity to date a man I actually know in real life was closed to me and only online was available.

Day 12. Wild excitement as I get an email from an agent (one hour after phone prayer session with hot Priest I wanted to marry) saying that he likes the memoir, which I’d sent him only three days before and that he wanted to see the novel. He sounded interested in taking me on and this is the closest I’ve got to an agent yet. Started reading the novel, whose two central characters are based on my ex-armed robber boyfriend and me,  which I hadn’t looked at for a year. Decided that the novel needed quite a bit more work and that I would edit it and send it in 10 days. Texted and emailed the Vicomte de Valmont, whose mother is a literary agent, and my therapist with the email I proposed to send to the agent. Was touched that Valmont took time out of his busy work schedule to read my email and text me his thoughts.

Day 13. As the Vicompte has looked after me have wild fantasies at the gym that he is my new “mummy.”  Quite how this squares with him freely admitting he is racist I don’t know. I really thought I had got over the desire to find a replacement mummy and confess this relapse to my therapist. Although he helps me again that afternoon with my email the wild fantasies about him being mummy seem to subside. I immerse myself in the novel, which needs a lot of work, hoping that the agent will think it has potential and take me on. The next time I write this blog I may be a professional writer!

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17 thoughts on “More than 30,000 hits on my blog and Literary agent very interested but Mr Right has got lost in Antarctica.

    • Hey thank you sorry I have been off all social media for a while so probably missed your blog party. Yes the photos thing is really irritating as so often you meet someone and if they don’t look like the photo it is all a waste of time. I am now focusing on my political events instead to try to meet a boyfriend.

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  1. Excellent news concerning the request from the literary agent. Well done, Caroline… keep up the good job… as to guys, well: I am quite sure you´ll meet more than one Mr. (kind of) Right in a Pub somewhere downtown… Just wondering if online dating is the best option, hmm. Probably it entails more commitment somehow, but I am not so sure of how it works you know,….
    Sending love!… have a joyful weekend. Aquileana 😀

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    • Hi Aquileana thanks for your message sorry I have been off social media for a while so that is why I am responding now. You will hopefully see my post this week about what is happening with my writing but things are moving forwards. Why don’t you write a book about Greek mythology as you have such incredible knowledge of it and your posts are so extensive in their scholarship? You’ve had so many hits on your blog as well. Love to you and have a great weekend. Caroline 🙂

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      • Hi dear Caroline… was offline too… just catching up with comments o_0 took some days off as I was in the mountains (Mendoza, Argentina: a place you´d love, for sure!)… I have been thinking about a future book… will have to reframe my thoughts and maybe give it a try… I will check out the latest post as soon as I am done here… Love and the very best for the weekend … and beyond. Aquileana 🙂

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    • Hi thank you so much! Yes as you will see if you read my post this week the writing is moving forwards though slowly. I haven’t been posting much as I don’t think my life has been that interesting recently. Thanks for your support for the blog it is much appreciated.

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  2. Oh heck ! There is no hope for me is there Caroline ? I happened to be white, but tanned for six months of the year ( does that count ? ). I deleted Skype a while ago as the only one that wanted to talk to me was choo-choo from Ghana. Who wants to talk to a flippin’ train ? Oh well.
    Good luck in your search my friend. Love Mr Wrong 🙂 ❤

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    • Hi Ralph thanks for your message! You are in the wrong country so that would be a problem for a start but I am looking for a slightly ethnic boyfriend who understands what it is like to be mixed race in this country. I love Spain though and if I am ever in your part of the world (which I have to say I have no plans to visit at the moment) I will pop in and see you and the cats!

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      • I completely understand about the complexities of being of a mixed race. My first wife was Jamaican and I have two daughters who are mixed up too. The last time I saw them was in 1990, but I know they are okay through the family grapevine 🙂 Good luck with your search !
        You are very welcome to visit Caroline. You would be the third blogging friend to visit if that ever happened. 🙂 ❤

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  3. Hi,, Caroline. Exciting news about potential publishing! Dating is a bitch. My problem was finding the weenies who wanted a pen-pal and never actually asked me on a date. That and the old men who assured me they were just as energetic as someone 15 years younger.
    But there’s hope, I met my husband on a dating site. My advice is to look at the dating as an activity and an adventure. Don’t put too much stock in any one date. No matter what they look like you won’t know anything about someone until you meet them in person (I think the Skype deal is brilliant) and observe how they treat you and other people, and most importantly, if you like they way they smell. Good luck!

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    • Thank you for your message and much needed advice about the online dating which I have almost given up on. The writing is moving forwards slowly as you will see if you look at my post this week. I’ve now started going to a lot of political events to try and find a boyfriend there as since the EU referendum I am even more interested in politics and current affairs and am in fact thinking of going into politics myself. Also a lot of the men who are interested in politics are pretty intelligent which I need. Thanks for your support for my blog.

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  4. Excellent! This is great progress, I’m a little worried the hamster may in fact have passed away, I think you ought to give it a prod! Also, very concerned about the racist mummy / Vicomte de Valmont attraction, this sounds like a nest of worms which could easily lead to a whole new set of new and difficult problems and consequent therapies lasting many decades, suggest avoid tactics!

    If the bikini Skype doesn’t work out, you could always go with a Burkini! Ha,ha, Caroline its great to hear from you as always – good luck with the new contacts! ❤ XX

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    • Hey thank you for your comment which as always is much appreciated! The skype thing is not really working out as so many men seem to be averse to doing it and back out of all communication when you say you want to do it. I’ve practically given up on the online dating to be honest and am focusing on my political activities to find a boyfriend. The writing is moving forwards slowly as you will see if you read my post this week. Thanks for your support for my writing and all the compliments about my appearance!

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