Have I Married You Yet?

I’ve learned not to take offense when people call attention to the number of marriages I’ve entered and left. I can’t fault them for being a little shocked and more than a little curious. After all, I seem so normal. And although my Capricorn sun cringes at every indication of my tarnished past, my Leo moon can more than handle the spotlight.

So the other night at a very merry un-birthday dinner with friends (remember Alice in Wonderland) the talk turned to writing as it is wont to do in these circles. My memoir was up for discussion. One of the gents and I made an identical comment in unison and he turned to me and said, “Are we married?”

“Not yet,” was my instant comeback.  Being the sharp tack that he is, he got excited.

“That should be the title of your book, Have I Married You Yet?”

After the laughter died down, I have to admit that I gave it some thought. But to me it sounds like the name of a lighthearted, comedic story. Mine is far from that. Out of curiosity I checked Amazon for the titles of best-selling memoirs. Here are a few of them:

A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

Naked

The Motorcycle Diaries

The Color of Water

Running With Scissors

Coming of Age in Mississippi

Not a shred of humor.

I’m torn. What do you think? I’d like to hear opinions other than my own. Anyone who cares to weigh in with a comment or suggestion, please do. Does Have I Married You Yet? sound like a full-on comedy or could it work for a story that has humor only in moderate doses?

 

 

 

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24 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. gigicullins
    Feb 11, 2015 @ 01:57:39

    I think that is a great title. I think it is a title that will attract buyers mostly out of curiosity, which isn’t all bad! And, it fits your story in a cute but serious way. It’s intriguing!

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  2. Stephen James Castley
    Feb 11, 2015 @ 02:06:44

    And I thought I had a monopoly on never letting the facts get in the way of a good story. What am I saying… your story is all fact!!!! I will be more careful with what I say. No I won’t!

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  3. Lottie Nevin
    Feb 11, 2015 @ 02:21:57

    I’m in 100% agreement with Gigi 🙂

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  4. judybali
    Feb 11, 2015 @ 02:24:51

    How about. My perfect man or the perfect one is yet to manifest but I’m working dam hard on it!

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  5. Diane Struble
    Feb 11, 2015 @ 02:40:18

    I think it is the perfect title. It sounds frivolous in one respect; thoroughly serious from another perspective.

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  6. sageblessings
    Feb 11, 2015 @ 03:30:28

    It’s a fun title but I think your life is larger than your marriages. Having not read it yet, it’s difficult to say more. Besides I’m jet lagged in Hong Kong.

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    • writingforselfdiscovery
      Feb 11, 2015 @ 04:51:28

      You’re in Hong Kong…Hurray! Soon you’ll be here! Marriages consumed my life. The story is about why that happened..how a reasonably intelligent blah blah blah woman made so many unhealthy choices. But it’s also a story of growth and transformation, the phoenix archetype.

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  7. shanemac
    Feb 11, 2015 @ 03:37:13

    I love that title and I think it is fine that the memoir is not comedy. When people read your book (and it is a must read) they will ‘get’ it. I would have to pick up a book with that title.

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  8. judybali
    Feb 11, 2015 @ 04:40:51

    I agree also that your life is much larger than your marriages and probably much richer especially now that you are in Bali.

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  9. Michelle
    Feb 12, 2015 @ 08:45:25

    I like that title. Maybe because I know you and your history of marriages, but I didn’t think it sounded like a comedy.

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  10. Yoga Ancha
    Feb 13, 2015 @ 02:10:56

    I instantly said in my head, yes she should use that as a title. It doesn’t have to be a full comedy, just a taste of it maybe. Can’t wait to read it. 🌸

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  11. Susan Wiste
    Feb 13, 2015 @ 09:50:37

    “Have I Married You Yet? I Hope Not!” Seriously, though, I think it’s a wonderful title.

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  12. Robin
    Feb 14, 2015 @ 23:46:45

    Hi stranger — A touch a comedy should be fine. Just remember some folks (like kids, even grown up kids) may be a bit sensitive.

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    • writingforselfdiscovery
      Feb 15, 2015 @ 02:16:34

      Hi! Stranger is right! Yes, and my grown-up kids are more sensitive than many! Fortunately, there’s not a lot they don’t already know, but knowing it vs. reading it as a story is a whole different experience.

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