This is my favorite question that came up during a Facebook event I did toward the end of August, 2016 to promote my book, Fibers. My answer may or may not surprise you, but I think this question deserves a more thorough answer than I gave during the high-speed promo event, so read on to find out more =).
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The question seems simple enough; unfortunately, it had me stumped for a few seconds, which is never good during one of these events as they move really quickly! So, what is one thing that I think my readers should know about me?
I like to think. I'm like a weirdly balanced combination of an introvert and an extrovert, which means I love being social and around people, but I also love my me time. The things I like to do during my me time pretty much all revolve around thinking or being creative in some way, although I will admit that I've fallen into some binge-watching habits and not all of those shows make me think ;).
Typically speaking, though, when I read or watch something, I like to go deep. Lots of twists and turns in the plot, psychology playing a major role in the characters and their development, and unexpected or surprising outcomes. I also enjoy considering the human soul, what it might be (my money is on pure energy), whether heaven is across the universe or in another dimension layered on top of ours, and other similar things.
Because my brain always seems to be going a million miles an hour, I tend to lean toward strange and different topics as well as wanting to make other people think, so whether you're reading my poetry and it touches a part of your soul, reading my fiction and having an epiphany, or having a conversation with me that quickly goes from small talk to real and in-depth (which makes a number of people uncomfortable, but that's another topic), I don't do superficial. Never really have. Deeper connections are much more important and valuable than anything on the surface, so that's what I like to hone in on.
Another thing about liking to think... according to The Talent Code, anytime we learn something, new connections are formed in our brains. Therefore, every time we step outside of our comfort zone and challenge our skills, comprehension, talents, abilities, you name it, we make our minds more powerful. I truly learned to appreciate this fact before I even knew about the book because when I started college online at the Art Institute, I was so intimidated, overwhelmed, and lost during the first day of almost every class until I got used to learning - really learning - and became absolutely obsessed with getting A's in everything. And I learned a lot.
The best part? I felt sharp. Intelligent. Alert. I felt like I could conquer the world and do absolutely anything if I just set my mind to it and made the commitment to stick with it. I still believe this, but the sharpness - the clarity - has faded a bit over the years, which is why I'm constantly looking for new things to learn and think about. The brain needs exercise, too!
The mind is an amazing thing, and I think that every single one of us has the capacity to learn and do anything we set our minds to. There's a reason they say that knowledge is power.
PS: If you're curious about the type of event I'm talking about because you want to use it for your own book promotion, you can get in touch with Platinum Book Promotions or Vicki Rose, the organizer, on Facebook. The events are super fun and usually held once a month for numerous authors; cost is $25 per time slot, a minor investment compared to the exposure you get to active readers =).
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