I’m not so good at introductions. It comes from being an introvert, I think. I don’t really go to parties or gatherings of more than four people if I can help it, but sometimes it is unavoidable. And if I do find myself at a party, I don’t just walk up to someone I don’t know and say “HI! I’m Starr and I love to read and write and hide in dark rooms with my thoughts!” And even when a mutual friend introduces me, I feel terribly awkward at all of the I-don’t-know-anything-about-you-but-I’m-gonna-pretend-to-be-interested-and-engaged banter.
Once I get to know a person a little bit, and my internal character-judgement scale has more or less settled on an initial rating for that person (It’s a pretty simple system: Everyone starts at 0; positive qualities move you into the positive; negative qualities push you into the negative. Values can fluctuate over time.) then and only then do I start to feel comfortable divulging information or, you know, making eye contact. The longer I know (and like) a person, the more comfortable I get engaging in conversation with him or her. But if a stranger is thrown in the mix, I start to withdraw, which often makes people think I’m a total bitch. Anyway, this not being so good at introductions thing is probably why I did not include the seemingly-obligatory “Introductory Post” on this blog. What would I say? I don’t even know who will be reading this! What should I write about? Let’s see… an introduction is like showing folks a little bit about myself, just a glimpse, like a movie trailer. So should I talk about my job? That doesn’t really define me. My family? I mean, I love them and spend most of my time with them, but they are not ME… My love of writing and reading? I don’t know, that might be kind of boring. (“So, I love to read. Here is a list of my favorite books… when I read I like to let my internal narrator give all the characters different voices, blah, blah, blah TMI.”)
As you can see, the question of what to write in my first blog post was overwhelming. I created the blog, and then it was two more months before I made an “actual” post. I stalled. I posted a funny video. I read other people’s intro posts as research. I stalled some more. I sat down to write the intro post several times, but just couldn’t bring myself to get past the first paragraph. Finally, one day, I got really frustrated at something that I kept seeing on Facebook, and in a fit of emotion, I wrote a blog post. And I published it. Reading back over it, I thought, Hmmm. This isn’t really an introductory blog post. It does not introduce me.
But in a way it did. It didn’t talk about what I do, or what I love, or what I am passionate about, but it did offer a glimpse into my personality. So a couple days later I wrote another non-introductory blog post. And a couple days after that, another. And so here we are on Blog Post #6 (which is really only Blog Post #4, because the first two posts were a video and a quote), and now that I’ve gotten to know the feel of the blog, and gotten to know my audience a bit, I feel I am ready to introduce myself.
HI! I’m Starr. I love to read and write and hide in dark rooms, alone with my thoughts!
I have a family! My family members include my husband Eric and my 9 year old daughter, who shall be referred to on this blog as “the kid”, “the litigator”, “the rock enthusiast”, or any number of other creative epithets that may occur to me. We live in the mountains of North Carolina! On a “farm”. Not a salt-of-the-earth, up-before-dawn, fresh butter and cream farm. More of a fly-by-the-seat-of-our-pants, 19 acre time suck. With pigs and chickens. And half a garden.
For a living, I post updates to Facebook, Twitter, and a dozen other social media platforms for small businesses. Also, I blog for small businesses, about diverse topics from “how to assemble your futon frame” to “what to expect at your first biofeedback treatment session.”
But when I have some moments to spare, I usually devote them to writing, plotting, researching or editing my fiction. I like to write speculative fiction- which basically means there has to be something wildly improbable in the plot or setting of a story I’m writing in order for it to hold my interest. My imagination thrives on the “what-ifs”.
Ok, I still feel that this introductory post is somehow lacking… but I don’t know what is missing. I’ve shared my interests, what I do for a living, where I live, and the people who occupy the biggest, warmest spaces in my life. Let’s see… how about some random facts?
- I attended a Catholic high school and actually enjoyed it, but my enjoyment was not so great that it prevented me from dropping out in the middle of my junior year.
- I like to sing and have written a few songs.
- I’m a libertarian anarchist. (I don’t intend to do much political ranting on this blog, but we’ll just put that fact out on the table in case I fail to resist the temptation to rant.)
- My favorite TV shows are Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead.
- I find the subject of economics to be infinitely fascinating.
- I really am a failed waitress. No, really.
- My favorite beverage is chai tea.
- I love sushi.
- My typing speed is 67 WPM.
- I know how to grow several types of edible and medicinal mushrooms.
- I also know how to use chopsticks, a pressure canner, a carpenter’s square and a gun. But I don’t know how to drive a stick shift, operate a sewing machine, or program a remote control.
- And arguably the most important fact you should know about any person. Which is, where do I fall on the toilet paper debate? Should the toilet paper feed from the bottom, behind the roll, or from the top and in front of the roll? I’ve dedicated some thought to this conundrum, and I believe I have come up with a solution that will please everyone. It’s a toilet paper holder that swivels 180 degrees from left to right, so that the user can choose the TPFD (Toilet Paper Feed Direction) that suits him or her.
I hope all of this serves as a satisfactory introduction. And just to make it a fun, participatory experience for you readers, I invite you to post an introductory comment of your own, below. If you feel so inclined, post two or three random facts about yourself, or some biographical information (not NSA-level, just the kind of stuff you’d tell to a stranger at a social function.)