Valentine’s Day


So Valentine’s Day has hit us again.

I am admittedly not the biggest fan of this day and have never made any pretence to be otherwise.

However, I know there are hundreds of people around the world secretly hoping that they will receive a card or a bunch of flowers in the post…or at the very least an email or text.

So on behalf of all the people who wake up and discover an empty inbox, I decided to do something to let some of the people who deserve a Valentine know that I care.  You can see an example below.



Okay, this whole thing started back in 2012 at a friend’s birthday party.  I was sitting with about 6 girls all of whom are good friends and as it was a few weeks before Valentine’s Day the conversation eventually found it’s way there.

“God it’s Valentine’s Day again in a few weeks!”  became the common groan.

“I won’t get anything,” became a recurring statement as well.

I’d had a few beers at this point.

So after one moan too many, I firmly put my pint down on the table (my friends say I slammed it down, but they have a tendency toward the dramatic), and said something along the lines of the following:

“For (bleep)’s sake!  I’ll tell you what I’ll do, will come to each of your offices and give you some flowers on Valentine’s Day!”

Of course everyone laughed and no one believed me even after I made each girl provide her work address.  And to be fair I forgot all about what I had promised right up until the evening of the 14th when a reminder I’d set on my phone beeped at me.


A quick think later I managed to come up with a plan that would enable me to deliver the flowers to each girl I’d promised and still manage to get all my work done.  So over a period of 4 hours on February 15th, I legged it round London dressed as a motorcycle courier and delivered flowers to each girl on my list.  I even made them sign for the delivery.

They all thought I was nuts.

Maybe I was.  But I know each of them appreciated the effort and from my perspective it was a lot of fun.


So if like me, you hate the commercial nonsense of Valentine’s Day, do something different and let all your friends know how much you care. And remember, you don’t have to do it on Valentine’s Day.

About the Author

John is an award winning science fiction, horror and fantasy writer. He is also a public speaker and consultant and has worked with Time to Change - a campaign to end mental health stigma - and for Wellment - an organisation that delivers mental health at work training. He loves science fiction, fantasy and horror stories and novels. His work has appeared in Vector Magazine, Ink Pantry, Sci-Fi Bloggers, The Huffington Post and more. His short fantasy "Thanks for Applying" won an Honourable Mention Award in the Writers of the Future competition in 2017. HIs short horror "By the Boiler's Hand" was longlisted for the 2018 James White Award and won an Honourable Mention in the Writers of the Future competiton the same year. John has spoken at several events including the Nine Worlds Geekfest in London, Bristol Con 2018, and the Moorfields NHS Trust. He has delivered masterclasses on ending mental health stigma in the workplace for Time to Change. He lives with his wife and a pile of books in the UK.

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