Lovely Awkward: A Year of Wine, Romance and Life Among the French

Lovely Awkward: A Year of Wine, Romance and Life Among the French

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Book titles and figuring out where you are

I'm trying to think of a title for this book, which is really just a distraction from writing it. But, I've decided that this is important, that it will give me perspective, focus, drive. So... I'm googling and researching the hell out of it.

I thought of "Lovely Awkward" since that seems to best describe the ups and downs, tiny errors and now funny little arguments and weak-in-the-knees moments that have happened through this relationship. But then I'd have to have a subtitle explaining that I'm talking about France and about romance. And I'm just not sure about it. The word "awkward," obviously, is a little awkward.

I've been trying to think of a way to describe where I am, but now I'm not quite sure what creates the right image for people in North America. I've had to really concentrate on how little information I had about this place before I got here. I didn't know what to expect from Cote d'Azur and the word "Mediterranean" only made me think of the white buildings on the water in Greece. I didn't really know there would be palm trees. I had no idea there would be so many olives. The mountains are steeper than I'd thought and there's more white bread than I'd imagined.

So, all I've come up with from my knowledge before was that I was going to the south of France. But that's long. "Nice" is a weird word that would be mispronounced if taken out of context.

I'm thinking and thinking...
but also welcoming any input.

"Where am I and what am I doing here?" is all I seem to be able to ask myself (with a quizzical thinking face, not a grumpy depressed one).

Any ideas?

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