About the Author


"Jessica's Journal" is the diary of Jessica Shaeffer (not her real name, sorry), a 29-year-old newspaper writer living in the sunny Southwest.

Jessica #4 - Carole and the Geek

When a suitcase pratfall puts Jessica in the midst of a college reunion, she takes a gander at boyfriends gone by.

Jessica #66 - Final Episode: Never-ending story

Jessica and Joel are coming down to the wire. What final surprises are in store?

Jessica #65 - Into the Crucible

An auto accident puts Jessica's dating agenda unexpectedly ahead of schedule.

Jessica #17 - Caught in a Catch-22

Just because something's socially acceptable, doesn't mean it's not creepy. On another topic, look who's thinking long-term...

Jessica #64 - Fast Forward

Emergency circumstances push the relationship into high gear.

Jessica #11 - Hanging Out

With square dances and "Happy Days" as measuring sticks, Jessica tries to figure out whether Mr. Wonderful is really as wonderful as he seems.

Jessica #63 - Straight from the Horse's Mouth

After months of guessing, Jessica finally hears Joel's gruesome divorce details.

Jessica #62 - Rejected Rebound

Rick calls to talk, but Jessica has other things on her mind.

Jessica #61 - Bush-Wacked

Jessica needs some coaching, and instead gets an earful and an eyeful ahead of schedule.

Jessica #60 - Home For The Holidays

Jessica's Seder was different this year: She brought Joel home to meet the folks.

Jessica #59 - Pieces of the Puzzle

Jessica tries to figure out what's insignificant, and what's a deal-breaker.

Jessica #58 - The Waiting Game

Jessica hears about intimacy from a guy's perspective.

Jessica #57 - Balancing Act

As Jessica moves forward, she doesn't want to leave her friends behind.

Jessica #56 - Romantic Reflections

Deep into Romantic musings, Jessica's disenchantment may be a sign of maturity.

Jessica #55 - Relationship E.Q.

Jessica is dying to find out the story behind Joel and his 5-year-old daughter.

Jessica #54 - The Great Baggage Balance

While anticipating his call, Jessica debates whether she wants to date someone with kids.

Jessica #53 - Ethereal Surprise

Jessica's new job is great, but the marvelous mystery man is nowhere to be found.

Jessica #52 - Getting the Full View

Jessica's life takes a quick turn for the better. Is she ready?

Jessica #51 - Feeling Cheesy

Jessica's been dreading Beth and Aaron's engagement party, but finds herself enjoying it, with a creative twist.

Jessica #50 - You Can Never Go Home

Searching for life direction, Jessica heads back home. And maybe, just maybe, she's there to stay.

Jessica #49 - "Now What?"

The pressure's on Jess to stick to her principles. Will she cave in, or will she speak truth to the corporate power and boyfriend?

Jessica #48 - "Coup d'monde"

Jessica's moral dilemma is making her work life intolerable. Marc says to mellow out.

Jessica #47 - Carbon Monoxide Fashion

Jessica's world is beginning to cave in. Will Marc be there to save her?

Jessica #46 - The Focused Dating Strategy

Coach Rina is trying to help Jess pin down the missing element.

Jessica #45 - Post-Modern Blind Date

Jessica goes out with someone no one set her up with -- and gets a bit cyber-smitten.

Jessica #44 - Blast From The Past

Jessica's first love pops up and illuminates a path not taken. Should she try to go down it now?

Jessica #43 - Cyber-Yenta.com

Jessica is ready for the world of cyber-dating. Sort of.

Jessica #42 - Having It All

Jessica may be ready to date again, but right now she's perplexed about society venerating and denigrating the exact same thing.

Jessica #41 - Rebound Buzz

Still smarting from the breakup, Jessica might just drown her sorrows -- and not in a beverage.

Jessica #40 - Commitment-Phobia

When Jessica meets up with her old college buddy, she discovers they've been engaging in parallel transgressions.

Jessica #39 - Infected With Breakupitis

Jessica's post-breakup funk somehow lands her on the World Wide Web.

Jessica #38 - Stumbling Down Recovery Lane

Jessica thought she was fine with the breakup and then -- kaboom! -- the mourning period hit.

Jessica #37 - Revelation at Red Rock

Jessica and Rick come down to the wire. Which will ring: wedding bells or a buzzer signaling the end of the round?

Jessica #36 - Ring Around the Rabbi

Jessica thought that conversion would solve everything. But Rabbi Ringman throws a wrench into the mix.

Jessica #35 - Does Love Conquer All?

Jessica's pulling away but, strong as lycra, Rick comes back with a shocker.

Jessica #34 - All In The Family

When a family function turns into a revival event, Jessica sees that today may look entirely different in 20 years.

Jessica #33 - Meet the Millers!

Jessica is a guest of in-laws in potential. Though she suspects she'll always feel like a guest.

Jessica #32 - Anthropological Shabbat

Negotiating the unfamiliar waters of an interfaith relationship, Jessica sees light at the end of the tunnel. But is it the front of an oncoming train?

Jessica #31 - Forging the Relationship Bond

Professor Higgins had a point: If women were more like men, they'd spend a lot less time analyzing relationships.

Jessica #30-Southwest Scrooge

Scrooge Shaeffer lashes out at white lights, holly and being wished Merry Holiday-You-Don't-Celebrate. But why's she getting so defensive?

Jessica #29 - No Bahai Guys

Jessica struggles with not wanting to date other faiths. Is she being

Jessica #28 - Tribal Instinct

Trying to avoid falling for Rick, and in search of relationships clarity, Jessica runs to a Jewish singles function.

Jessica #27 - Gravitational Pull

Wanting to marry a Jew is all well and good. But Jessica realizes you have to date one, too.

Jessica #26 - Nice Jewish Boy?

The knight-in-shining-white-overalls overcomes Jessica's overactive mouth.

Jessica #25 - Game of Pursuit

Jessica can't decide. Should the princess go after the knight in shining white overalls or wait for him to show up on horseback?

Jessica #24 - Brisket Anyone?

Aren't the high holidays supposed to bring spiritual awareness and joy? Jessica finds a lump of loneliness, too.

Jessica #23 - 120 Seconds of Lip-Reading

Jessica's parents met at summer camp. Where on earth are people supposed to meet these days?

Jessica #22 - A Real Live Gentleman

Babysitter-to-be Jessica gets behavioral backwash when she bumps into someone she'd rather not.

Jessica #21 - Nightmare Girlfriend

Relationships take work -- and Jessica finds out that some of that work is (ack!) on herself.

Jessica #20 - Rebound Backlash

A wade back into the dating pool leaves Jessica with decidedly cold feet.

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