My husband travels for work. A lot. On average last year, he spent 3 weeks out of every 4 out of town. and yet we manage, maybe even better than if he were in town every second of every day. For one, when he is in town, we both work from home, so we do lunch and hang out. And thanks to the internet and cell phones, communication is a breeze. I complained once a few years back to my husband’s grandmother who said, “Oh yes, I remember when Bill was away for the war. (WWII). We wrote lovely letters for three years.”
Whoa! Letters for years? You mean he couldn’t hop on the Net to check out why the monthly phone bill was wonky. And he couldn’t skype with your kid to see the missing tooth? Yeah, I don’t have it so bad.
But what about it romance novels? One of the “rules” for romance writers is that characters shouldn’t be separated for more than ten pages. So, no extended business trips. No semesters abroad, etc… It makes for some creative plotting, if you write by the rules. Then again, romance novels are the perfect world scenarious and usually illustrate the courtship of a relationship, not the marriage.
What do think? Does absence make the heart grow fonder?