Dear Captain Awkward, After almost a year of planning, we're in the home stretch before my wedding day in early May. Everything was lining up smoothly until I reached out for RSVPs that hadn't been received yet, namely my stepdad, my aunt, and my grandmother (my dead mom's sister and mother). These are my only … Continue reading #1188: Grief and the empty chairs at the wedding feast.
Hello Captain, Two years ago, a friend paid me to critique her novel because I studied writing and know the publishing industry. I agreed to read three drafts of the work. We did not sign a formal contract. Then I got the manuscript, and it’s terrible on all levels, from prose to plot. I’ve tried … Continue reading #1178: “A friend paid me to read her book and it’s terrible.”
Hi Captain, I (she/her) am 39 years old and haven’t had a real friend since I was 23. Due to numerous instances of abandonment and rejection before and since, I’ve developed a form of Social Anxiety where I panic whenever I think someone important to me might, well, abandon or reject me. I’m working on … Continue reading #1165: “(I think) my only friend won’t hang out with me because of a dead guy.”
Good morning! We're doing the thing today! To ask a question, patrons can post to this thread and anyone can reach me on Twitter (@CAwkward, #AwkwardFriday). Submissions close at noon Chicago time, at which point I'll answer as many as I can between then and 1pm. Comments are open! So many great questions! Thanks everyone. … Continue reading Short Answer Friday – 8/31
Dear Captain, Nearly 2 years ago I joined a MMORPG community for the first time. Through a series of events, I met a guy who has become one of my best friends. We are bizarrely similar at times and he's really been there for me. It started out just online but we now have each … Continue reading #1127: “I think my friend is falling in love with me and I don’t feel the same way.”
Scarleteen, that national treasure, has a guide for adults who want to help young people learn to handle romantic rejection with more grace (and less violence). Their "big five" principles for adults when talking to teens about their romantic and sexual lives and identities are also awesome reading. Speaking of national treasures, here's a perfect … Continue reading Quick Links
Hi Captain! I'm 22, she/her, and relatively inexperienced romantically, if it matters. Last summer I met a guy on Tinder and we hit it off right away. He actually asked me to be his girlfriend the first time we met up in person (my friend insisted this was a serious red flag, but I didn’t … Continue reading #1108: “I got ghosted after re-connecting.”
Dear Captain, (Resend with better subject heading) I haven’t seen anyone write in with a similar story, so sorry if this is a repeat. Summary: I'm having problems with a female friend that I previously had romantic feelings for. I told Friend about said feelings in late December of last year, and spent up to … Continue reading #1105: “Why can’t my friend just say no?”
Hi Captain! Tl:dr – What do you say when someone needs you to tell them that you care about them more than you do care about them? Is there a way to be honest but not make them feel like you actually dislike them? Is there a way to lie so that they actually believe … Continue reading #1103: “My partner’s awkward friend and their requests for reassurance.”
Hi there, I’m 36, my (ex)gf is 25. Met in August last year. Fell in love. Never met anyone like her and ticks all the boxes. I felt set for life (love, kids, the lot) and when she was there, there was no one else in the room (not something I had felt before). We … Continue reading #1091: Sorry, but she’s not The One.