I've been thinking lately on the difference between knowing someone online and knowing someone in person. I am a firm believer in online relationships being as worthy and meaningful as face-to-face ones. But I still wonder if something is lost in translation.
So here, reader, are nine things about me that you might not know.
1. I'm not really a koala like my profile picture...
2. For the majority of my life, I thought I would be a professional musician like my sister. I've played violin and piano and sung since I was little. I adore opera and have performed in a lot of light operas, and I always assumed that I would be an opera singer. As I got older, though, I really struggled with performance anxiety and self-doubt, and I think now that this may not be my path. I also write music for Youtube.
3. I'm a senior in high school! I've been home-schooled since third grade, so this will be my tenth and final year. I'm taking a lighter course-load this year because college application takes up so much time.
4. I might have an addiction to Pinterest. Just a little. When I went to find the link to my page for you, I accidentally spent five minutes browsing my news-feed.
5. I have a precious kitty named Peaches, whom I adore.
6. I am a massive book-buyer but also an avowed minimalist, so my house tends to be a sort of traveling stop for used books.
7. I am a very critical reader... and above all, I am critical of cover art! I dislike most cover art on the market these days. For me, bad cover art can (almost) ruin a book.
8. I am one of the least capable ballerinas you will ever see. My dancing is a capital-E Experience.
9. And finally, a confession: I am very uncomfortable talking about my writing. Most people who know me in person don't know that I aspire to be an author (although my reason publication has sort of blown my cover, pen name aside). I am even less comfortable talking about the fantasy genre. When people ask me what sort of books I want to write, I simply respond, "Very good ones!"
Really, though, I'm awful about sharing my writing in person. My Awesome Dad, who proofreads my academic essays, reads them aloud to get the full effect. I cannot be anywhere near his office when he does this. Sometimes I leave the house to not hear my own words.
That's probably what I've found most valuable about blogging. If I'm trying to share something as private and personal to me as my writing, I can pretend I'm just talking to my computer screen.
And there are nine facts about me!