Valentine’s Day is on the horizon, but there’s still time for singles to find their perfect match.
These days, that special person may be just one click away.
Or hundreds, perhaps.
Connecticut native Dana Buckmir looks back on her experience in the realm of online dating in her memoir “Plenty of Laughs: One Woman’s Journey Navigating the Online Dating Waters.”
“You know there’s stuff out there like ‘Dating for Dummies,’ but you don’t have anything that’s based on personal experience,” said the rookie author, who was at Barnes & Noble on Universal Drive Friday, Jan. 17 for a book signing.
“I always envisioned myself as a writer, but I just didn’t feel as though I had a story to tell,” she said.
Buckmir realized, however, that her exchanges with potential suitors on dating websites such as Plenty of Fish (the site from which her book derives its name) were exactly what she needed to get started.
“The book has those online correspondences between the narrative,” Buckmir explained. “It adds that element that makes it seem as though you’re reading a diary.”
In one chapter, Buckmir recounts meeting a “catfish” – someone whose profile photos don’t match who they actually are. In another, she reflects on her pickiness when it comes to finding a mate.
“In life we’re all looking for love and to belong,” Buckmir said. “People aren’t alone. I talk about dating but I also talk about themes of friendship and growing up. I want to show people that there is this kind of commonality, so we can build a community.”
Buckmir mentioned that a sequel to her memoir may be in the works, one that may explore her experience of rekindling a “long lost love.”
“You don’t know where life is going to take you,” she said. “Things fell in line for me when I stopped looking.”
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