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"I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived." —  Henry David Thoreau credit My phone died recently. Not like died because of its charge — permanently died. I'm not the only one whom this has happened to, I'm sure, and this isn't a complaint. Rather, it's an observation on how different the landscape of my life has been without it. I've been reading more, watching more TV, doing less doomscrolling. I found that I've missed my phone a lot less and simultaneously a lot more than I expected. And I've been noticing a difference in my mental state. My mental health is, apparently, linked in part to the device I hold in my hand 99% of the time. Who knew? However, it's still been challenging lately, for more reasons than just my phone, and my sister invited me to go outside with her. Th

Beautiful Couples: Jem and Cooper

I'm finally here to participate in the Valentine's Day version of Beautiful People! Today I'm featuring Cooper and Jem from my NaNo novel Lost Girls. You can find out more about that book here.

Jem is my main character, with a rare spinal condition and yet a sharp, scientific mind. Cooper is a quieter, sensitive forensic analyst. I love them.

Just, uh, ignore the beard, okay?

1. How long have they been a couple? 
Only a few days. They finally fessed up to their feelings about each other.

2. How did they first meet? 
At work, but they live next to each other as well.

3. What were their first thoughts of each other? (Love at first sight or “you’re freakishly annoying”?)
Jem thought Cooper's style was clean cut, Cooper was instantly attracted to the new intern.

4. What do they do that most annoys each other? 
Both of them are annoyed by their inabilities to express their emotions.

5. Are their personalities opposite or similar?
Both, in different ways. They both share a love of science and logic, but Cooper is far more emotional about it than Jem is.

6. How would their lives be different without each other?
Cooper's life would be an endless cycle of work. Jem wouldn't know how to feel emotions.

7. Are they ever embarrassed of each other?
When they go into nerdy rant sessions about science, maybe. But they secretly find it adorable. They haven't been a couple long enough yet to figure out what annoys them about each other.

8. Does anyone disapprove of their relationship?
Their boss probably would, if she knew about it.

9. Do they see their relationship as long-term/leading to marriage?
Cooper, yes. Jem isn't sure. Her number one commitment is to her work. If marriage manages to fit within her plans, then so be it.

10. If they could plan the “perfect outing” together, where would they go?
To the Santa Monica pier at sunset, where they'd stroll around hand-in-hand.


  1. Jem and Cooper sound like the perfect romantic couple with a dash of science (and all things brilliant I presume)!


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