It did. Hallmark unleashed on audiences a whole batch full o’ new lovey-dovey movies … capped off on the 14th by the oh-so-predictable and oh-so-delightful All of My Heart, starring a grownup Claudia from Party of Five and handsome-enough dude whose credits seem to include Curse of Chucky. Guess what George and I did for Valentine’s Day? (Guys, they opened a B&B together after being mortal enemies. Aww!)
Anyway, this got me thinking. I make up “dream jobs” like five times a day, and the newest one involves me sitting on the porch of my Key West cottage, giggling madly as I type up these gloriously formulaic scripts. For money. To make things easier on myself when this dream turns to reality—as I will be spending considerable energy teaching my pet parrot to speak—I’ve started compiling a sort of “mix’n’match” list from which I can draw my outlines. Observe.
Character Occupation Options:
1. She’s a high-powered lawyer. He’s a carpenter.
2. He’s a high-powered lawyer. She an artist.
3. She’s a caterer; He’s a caterer (Uh Oh!)
1. Big City
3.(There are no other options)
1. Opposites Attract: Huh! They really seemed to hate each other at first, but things shift approximately one hour and ten minutes into the action. Catalysts might include a snowball fight in the forest/a flour fight in the kitchen/a splashing fight at a lake.
2. Stranger Danger: Wow! What good fortune! After an accidental meet-cute (trapped in elevator, trapped on bus, trapped in airport) these two become besties…But will they overcome yet unknown HurdleX and find their happily ever after?
3. Royal Reveal: Ruh Roh! You thought he was a lawyer but he’s really a prince. Can true love reign between a royal and a regular?
1. Outspoken best friend
2. Outspoken mother
3. Outspoken old man who hangs out regularly at the Small Town Diner
1. They kiss in the Big City
2. They kiss in the Small Town
3. (There are no other options)
Aaah, I can taste the Key Lime pie already.