L.A. Affairs chronicles romance and relationships. If you have comments to share or a story to tell, write us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are looking for previously unpublished work. We prefer stories that are rooted in the present, not the distant past. Each story needs to have an arc. Mere musings on the state of affairs won't do. We like stories to have a strong sense of place and to feel rooted in Southern California. Submissions should be 700 to 900 words. Stories must be true and written in the first person. Everything in each piece must be factually correct. No exaggeration, no fictional or composite characters, no hyperbole for the sake of dramatic effect.
We understand that these stories are personal, and we will edit them with the greatest sensitivity we can muster. But we will edit — for content, for length and for tone. We see writing and editing as a collaborative venture, but ultimately the editor's decisions will stand.
A 100% match! I did a double-take on the results of my first foray into computer dating. I hadn't made any concessions on what I said I wanted in a man, clearly stating my "musts": Must be Latino, educated and enjoy sports, theater, movies and Frank Sinatra. My list also included that he be...
"You live in New York. I'm a Los Angeleno to the core. Want to start a friendly coastal rivalry?"
I had been back from Seattle for two months. I had moved to the Northwest from my native San Fernando Valley to escape the pain of my first true heartbreak. The beauty and splendor of the Emerald City had done just enough to help me start over again in Los Angeles on my terms.
I was single and terrified of relationships. I limited myself to meeting men in cyberspace. The Internet may have wires, but it doesn't have strings. Online chatting was a good way for me to flirt and practice my social skills without fear of getting hurt.
The horses aren't the most majestic creatures on a trip to a dude ranch with her sister.
They met in Bucharest at a talk on Jewish-Mormon relations. He was an American tour guide in L.A., she was an English-speaking Romanian. The bridging of distance and difference began.
A divorced father begins dating a mother of four and is surprised by what gets their relationship through tough spots.
He got her. He really got her. They talked online every day. His profile photo was handsome. But they never met. And then ...
Her improv class became a romantic comedy, complete with husband, kids, friends and a house in the Valley.
A damsel in dating distress takes a novel approach to finding romance.