One of the blogs I've been reading since the inception of my own blog is [Miscellany], written by a woman I only know as M or Mez. She is wonderful. She sketches comics. She has excellent taste in books and movies. And she lives in Australia, which sounds deeply exotic to this American.
In 2008 she posted about a book titled Quirkyalone: A Manifesto for Uncompromising Romantics. And because she recommended it, I bought it. The author Sasha Cagen describes the quirkyalone:
We are the puzzle pieces who seldom fit with other puzzle pieces. Romantics, idealists, eccentrics, we inhabit singledom as our natural resting state. In a world where proms and marriage define the social order, we are, by force of our personalities and inner strength, rebels.
For the quirkyalone, there is no patience for dating just for the sake of not being alone. We want a miracle. Out of millions, we have to find the one who will understand.
Quirkyalones are not just women. And they aren't asexual. They aren't people who never leave the apartment. They are romantics who don't settle.
I don't think I ever was a quirkyalone. I was really good at dating for the sake of dating. I think true quirkyalones have this peace about being single that I never had.
The book is as quirky as the movement. Pages are filled with bios of other quirkyalones and sketches. There is advice for online dating, what to do when your friend becomes coupled up (Vent! But not to the person in the relationship!), and how to go to the movies alone. It's just a great little book for those who inhabit singledom as their natural resting state.
If you think you might be a quirkyalone and would like to win this book, leave a comment!