Valentine’s Day exclusive interview with Cupid

On the Big Fat Day of Luuurve we’re pleased to have as our special guest Cupid, the god of love.

Welcome to the Riskies, Cupid.

Thanks. Make it quick, girlie. It’s a big day for me.

Okay. First, I–

And enough of the pink, okay?

Sorry. Is this better?

[Cupid grunts and retrieves a packet of Camels from his quiver. He lights up.]

You smoke?

So? It’s a stressful job, let me tell you. And, hey, what’s it going to do to me? I’m an immortal. You should see their faces in the convenience store when they ask for ID.

Don’t you think that also might have something to do with you being naked? Okay. So how was your job during the Regency?

The Regency wasn’t bad, all things considered. Not too much whalebone, and no steel–that was tough, dealing with Victorian corsets. You wouldn’t believe the number of arrows I ruined. I had some fun, though, making people fall in love with unsuitable partners. Prinny was a real sucker and talk about a target you couldn’t miss… That Byron, he was a real babe magnet–didn’t really need my help but I shot Lady Caroline Lamb for him so he didn’t get too full of himself. And now and again I’d get a duke to fall in love with his cook, and that was always good for a laugh.

Is that what you enjoy about your job? Making trouble?

Basically, yes. Otherwise it gets pretty boring.

Have you ever considered a career change?

It’s difficult for a deity; you do what you do. I wouldn’t mind something where I got some action myself–I wouldn’t mind becoming a shower of gold or a bull, if I had to–but you get tired of hovering around boudoirs with your arrow ready to fly off the string, if you know what I mean–

I’ll have to cut you off there since we’re not that sort of blog. How has the job changed over the past two centuries?

Hmm. Well, no one thinks in terms of unsuitable matches much, which takes a lot of the challenge out of the job. I’ve had some arrow losses with underwire bras, but nothing to complain of particularly. Hold on, that’s my cell. [Cupid retrieves a cell phone from his quiver] I’ve gotta take this. It’s my agent….[after a brief conversation he clicks the phone shut] Sorry babe, gotta go. I’ve got a chance at a chocolates commercial. It’s been great. See ya.

[exits in a flutter of wings and cloud of cigarette smoke]

Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone. Tell us what you’re doing to celebrate!

I’m blogging today over at the Wet Noodle Posse on the hazards and thrills of writing historical characters, and guest blogging–and giving away a book–tomorrow, Feb. 15 at a new blog, Lust in Time.

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Diane Gaston
14 years ago

They asked that same question at Curves today and one lady said, “Having an MRI.” I’m not doing anything nearly as exciting.

My daughter, bless her heart (she takes after her mother) bought me a small box of chocolates. I’ll proably eat them all today.

Elizabeth Kerri Mahon
14 years ago

I am seeing that wonderful Valentine’s Day classic, Harold and Maude at Film Society of Lincoln Center and then partaking of the open bar and snacks. Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!

Susan Wilbanks
14 years ago

My husband helped our daughter do her Valentines for her classmates while I was at choir practice last night, and I remembered to take them in when I dropped her off this morning, so that much is a success.

But I’m about to call my doctor to see if they can fit me in today or tomorrow, because I think I have a sinus infection. And my husband is at Midas with the older of our two cars because it’s making grinding noises on turns and leaking fluid.

So, in general, I’m having a “Bah, humbug” sort of Valentine’s Day.

Cara King
14 years ago

Susan, {hugs} on the sinus infection! Those can be awful!

As for me, Todd’s flying away to New Mexico this afternoon, so we’re doing Valentine’s Day on Monday…

And tonight, I’m watching Lost! (Yay!)


14 years ago

Oh had a great day so far. . . went to the bookstore! 😉

And then went to the Olive Garden. But went to the bookstore is the main part. LOL 🙂


Janet Mullany
14 years ago

Susan sorry to hear both you and the car are grinding and leaking–feel better!
Here at work things are good–we have a solid chocolate salmon we are chipping away at (why would you want to make a chocolate fish? It’s not fish-flavored, but one wonders), and some pink cupcakes appeared recently.

Cara King
14 years ago

why would you want to make a chocolate fish?

I think my cat may have had something to do with that… He and the cat conspiracy to take over the world…


Georgie Lee
14 years ago

Cute interview.
Elizbaeth, Harold and Maud is a great movie.
I was supposed to work tonight but now I’m not so I;m not sure what we’re doing.

Amanda McCabe
14 years ago

LOL, Janet! Thanks for that little glimpse of behind the scenes with Cupid. I’m glad to hear the chocolate fish doesn’t taste like fish. I sometimes say chocolate goes with everything, but I’m not really sure that’s true. 🙂

I’m going out to dinner, than making the sweetie watch “Romeo and Juliet” with me–my V Day tradition!

Elena Greene
14 years ago

Susan, so sorry about the sinus infection! My youngest and I are just getting over ours so I know how wretched that is. Take good care of yourself!

Now I’m off to finish making that pink meal… 🙂

Keira Soleore
14 years ago

Janet, you’re a RIOT. What’s with the naked cherub? He seems to have modernized too much–fags, shags, and cellphone wags. Someone should clue him in that he can’t maintain that fat, well-fed look with an addiction to nicotine.

Susan, good luck with the sniffles–at least they allowed you to sing and didn’t interfere with your upper register.

Cara, Todd’s departures to distant parts on V-day are mystifying. How does he always manage to do that? And who in their right minds schedules a conference on that day?

Ammanda: Sweetie? Oooh, things are progressing!!

Cara King
14 years ago

And who in their right minds schedules a conference on that day?

Physicists, I guess! Infer from that what you will… 🙂

BTW, Janet, I forgot to say loved your Cupid interview!

Amanda, which version of Romeo & Juliet?


Amanda McCabe
14 years ago

“Amanda, which version of Romeo & Juliet?”

Zeffirelli, natch! 🙂

Susan Wilbanks
14 years ago

Turns out it’s not a sinus infection. The doctor said my symptoms all look/sound viral, and that what kept me out of work for half of last week sounds more like flu than a cold, which would explain why I’m not 100% recovered yet.

Oh, and the car is fixed. We’ve decided our Valentine’s present to each other was a brand new power steering hose!

And now our downstairs heater won’t turn off. At least that’s the landlord’s problem, but now we need to clean up enough that it won’t be embarrassing to have someone see the house…

14 years ago

Hey, my day actually sounds better than most of yours and that is TRULY unusual! My roses from my brother arrived here at the house before I left for work instead of at work. A dozen yellow roses with a card signed by him, his wife, my nephew, four dogs, four cats, one rabbit and four goats! Gotta love it! The Godiva’s got here last night and I am not going to tell you how much is left. Work was hell – people buy a lot of cupcakes, big cookies, regular cookies and cakes on Valentine’s Day!

Okay that interview was a scream! I love it! Susan, bless your heart, honey. I hope you feel better soon! Women stay so busy we don’t even know when we have the flu, do we?


Diane Gaston
14 years ago

Hey mine didn’t turn out so bad, either. My husband came home with a gift and a card.

The gift is a book: The Cat Bible: Everything Your Cat Expects You to Know

Now wasn’t that nice???
Of course, the book does not explain why one of the cats is pooping right outside the box. But other than that it is full of cat information!!

14 years ago

This was hilarious–I loved hearing from Cupid 😉 Hope everyone’s Valentine’s Day was chocolatey!

14 years ago

Okay, I missed this post yesterday because I had JURY DUTY. *blows a chocolate-salmon raspberry*

Of course, jury duty beats the bench warrant for one’s arrest if you don’t show up…

Cupid, go hang out in the courthouse, there’s not nearly enough Love floatin’ around in there!

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