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Selena Templeton


Selena Templeton’s childhood saw the beginning of a life-long love affair with books, writing and the English language in general, which led her to earning a B.A. in English Literature. Her love affairs soon blossomed from books to boys, which have provided her with a never-ending source of writing material. She is the author of Highland Games, a red-hot romance novel, writes humorous slice-of-life/dating articles, her goofy experiences as a 99 percenter and her entertaining tales of love.

She is also a columnist for the natural living magazine The Garlick Press, social media copywriter for Arcanorum Labs, has had over 100 articles published in The Hollywood Reporter, eHow.com, and Livestrong.com, and won third place in the Akira Kurosawa Short Film Competition.

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Posts by Selena Templeton:

  • Am I Flirting or Just Being Friendly?

  • December 9th, 2019
    A little while ago while I was in my self-imposed no-dating hiatus, I was chatting with a guy named Brent whom I’ve known casually for several years. I’ve always liked him as a person, but never, not once, [...]

  • Top 40 Codependent Love Songs

  • June 30th, 2019
    Everyone loves a good love song. A particular tune comes on the radio, your heart thumps and you start daydreaming of that special guy or gal. But wait a second, what exactly are those lyrics saying? Take away the deep, [...]

  • The 3 Stages Of Dating

  • May 10th, 2019
    Most people have the whole dating thing wrong. In this day and age of ADD, fiber optic downloading, express lanes and overnight delivery, people seem to be in such a rush to get to the destination that they overlook [...]

  • Romantically Challenged

  • April 4th, 2019
    Hi, my name is Selena, and I am romantically challenged. I am one of those people who has a heavy tome of relationship stories and yet I remain sans boyfriend. My story of romance reads like a Choose-Your-Own-Adventure [...]

  • Relationships, Inc.

  • February 16th, 2019
    I’ve often thought how strange it is that you need lessons, tests, and a license to drive a car, but all you need to get into a relationship is a sense of loneliness and a healthy libido (and even that’s not essential). What [...]

  • The Paradox of Dating a Healthy Person

  • The Paradox of Dating a Healthy PersonOctober 15th, 2018
    Two of my friends are dating guys who are, as far as I can tell, healthy individuals. And by healthy I mean attentive, communicative, and available. For both of these women, dating a healthy guy is a 180-degree change [...]

  • 7 Types of Men to Avoid

  • 7 Types of Men to AvoidApril 11th, 2018
    As the years go by and your dating roster grows longer, you begin to find patterns among men (and women, too, of course). This is not to pigeonhole fifty percent of the population, but rather to make the whole dating [...]

  • What Does It Mean To Be An Adult?

  • January 15th, 2017
    Most people think they know exactly what it means to be an adult: Pay all your bills on time, do your own laundry, and don’t get fired from your job. Or if you’re a little more rebellious, it may be something [...]

  • Relationship Advice From The Movies

  • January 10th, 2017
    I just realized I’ve been doing the relationship thing all wrong. You see, lately I’ve been watching a lot of movies—good, bad and, quite frankly, ugly—and to quote Oscar Wilde, “Paradoxically though it may [...]

  • How To Know Whether You’re On a Date Or Not

  • December 28th, 2016
    Recently I had drinks with a male friend. We met at a local bar, he bought the first round and I bought the second, we chatted for a couple of hours, and then I left. When I recounted this to another male friend, he [...]

  • Online Dating: 6 Easy Ways to Look Like a Moron

  • December 22nd, 2016
    Ever the adventurer, I recently stepped out of my comfort zone and signed up for a few online dating sites and apps. Over the last few years, I’ve found that it’s become harder and harder to connect with people in [...]

  • The Dating Switch

  • October 9th, 2016
    Never before has the title of this blog been so fitting: Romantically Challenged. What started as an amusing blog title has turned into an eerily accurate fortunetelling tool. I can’t get a date to save my life, but [...]

  • All Talk And No Action

  • October 2nd, 2016
    Last night a friend and I went to the quintessential Hollywood party: it was at a fabulous house in the Hollywood Hills with a pool and a view that was just begging to be on a postcard. It was attended by attractive [...]

  • Does The Name Make The Man?

  • July 8th, 2014
    What’s in a name, you may ask? Well, Juliet (as in Romeo and) believes “that which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet,” because names are a meaningless convention and it’s the person behind [...]

  • Drive-By Dating

  • March 13th, 2014
    This is a scenario that has happened to me many times: A male acquaintance casually mentions that he has, say, an extra ticket to some show and wonders if I’d like to check it out with him. I go, we have fun, I drive [...]

  • Why George Clooney Should Date Me

  • March 4th, 2014
    George Clooney has a lot of things going for him. He is a successful actor, a handsome man, and a charismatic philanthropist. What he doesn’t have going for him is his choice of suitable girlfriends. For someone who [...]

  • The Hero’s Journey In Relationships

  • February 17th, 2014
    Every good story, from ancient oral storytelling to modern movies to personal anecdotes of watching someone’s pants fall off on the bus, follows a basic template. You start with an unhappy Hero in her Ordinary World, [...]

  • 6 Reasons I Don’t Miss Dating

  • January 21st, 2014
    A little over a year ago I took a self-imposed exile from dating. After years of binging on men, flirting, and relationships, I finally had an emotional hangover that just wouldn’t go away. At first I thought I [...]

  • Christmas: Party of One

  • December 10th, 2013
    As Woody Allen once said, “Having sex is like playing bridge. If you don’t have a good partner, you’d better have a good hand.” That pretty much sums up Christmas for me. If I don’t have a good [...]

  • How Do You Define Being Grown Up?

  • November 18th, 2013
    I recently talked to a guy I hadn’t seen in almost two years who told me that he had gotten married in that time and was now expecting a baby. Well, his wife was actually the one carrying the fetus; this isn’t Junior [...]

  • Happily Ever After…With Myself

  • November 5th, 2013
    The official close of my year-long hiatus from dating was on October 5. I raised a glass of bubbly and gave a toast on self-respect, changing one’s pattern, and the history of masturbation. I redecorated my apartment—between [...]

  • What Is Love?

  • September 23rd, 2013
    Besides being a catchy techno song by Haddaway, that is. I’ve recently been going through my old diary entries from high school and the first couple of years post-graduation, and boy, what an eye-opener. It’s been [...]

  • A Love Letter To My Grandparents

  • September 16th, 2013
    I just returned from a trip to my hometown where I attended my grandfather’s funeral. My incredibly beloved grandpa of ninety died quite suddenly of cancer only two weeks after the diagnosis, leaving behind his soulmate [...]

  • 5 Gifts NOT To Buy For Your Man

  • August 8th, 2013
    The mistake that most people make is that they assume other people like and want the same things that they do. Hence the high rate of marriage. And then when they realize the other person has interests quite different  [...]

  • Does Your Boyfriend’s Name Matter?

  • July 30th, 2013
    As Juliet once said (via Shakespeare’s quill), “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would still smell as sweet.” The Romeo and Juliet heroine is suggesting that it’s not the [...]

  • Dancing On The Stage Of Perfection

  • July 9th, 2013
    My whole adult life I’ve been dancing on the stage of perfection, trying to get that 5-star review and a packed house every single night. God forbid I should forget a line, miss my cue, have a wardrobe malfunction, [...]

  • Podcast: Romantically Challenged

  • May 21st, 2013
    Listen Here: Selena Templeton, who after a long string of failed relationships, began to recognize a pattern.  She was always dating men who were unavailable, either physically or emotionally.   In her JenningsWire [...]

  • I Love Me, I Love Me Not

  • May 2nd, 2013
    The popular adage ‘how can you love another if you can’t love yourself’ used to annoy the crap out of me. It sounded like something only a New Age/hemp-dress-wearing/Stuart Smalley impersonator would say, and not [...]

  • How To Have The Perfect Relationship

  • April 20th, 2013
    The other day I was talking with a friend about the long string of boyfriends I’ve had, and how I keep going back to the same guy. Not literally, of course. I’m not that addicted to pain. What I mean is, when one [...]

  • Dating Rules Are Meant To Be Broken

  • April 2nd, 2013
    I recently read an article about a book for women on dating. I have just one thing to say: the 1950’s called; it wants its dating protocol back. I have to say that I am immediately suspicious, skeptical and sarcastic [...]

  • 5 Reasons Why Nice Guys Finish Last

  • March 20th, 2013
    Here’s a tip for all you gentlemen who resent the Bad Boy that rides off into the sunset on a Harley with the girl of your dreams: nice guys don’t finish last. Indecisive, spineless, and colorless guys finish [...]

  • 21 Things I Want In A Lover

  • March 19th, 2013
    When I’m single I have no problem waxing poetically on my ideal boyfriend. I am easily able to list the qualities in a man and the elements of a relationship that are important to me. For example: he must earn a comfortable [...]

  • Dating Red Flags

  • March 16th, 2013
    Recently my friend Ava went on a date that quickly went sideways. And not Sideways like the fun movie about wine tasting. Later, she couldn’t help but ask herself, “Where were the red flags? Or were they there and [...]

  • Days Of The Week Underpants

  • March 11th, 2013
    Yesterday I bought a 6-pack of new underwear in lieu of doing laundry. Me and laundry are like opposing political parties: we steer clear of each other unless we’re soiling the other’s reputation. By last count I [...]

  • 10 Things You Should Do On A First Date

  • March 5th, 2013
    Ah, the first date. So full of promise, excitement and hope—not to mention a brand-new outfit and an eye-watering bikini wax. The painful grooming, the newly acquired debt, the canceling of all plans at least ten hours [...]