It’s actually taken me 3 days to find a window of time in which to make this post. Gah. Busy and distracted constantly. But look at me, already off-topic!
My trip to PAX and my general struggle with marketing ITGN has made me think a lot about how I interact with people. I’m not exactly an introvert, but I tend strongly towards watching and listening, and feel most comfortable in small-scale engagements–one-on-one conversations, small groups, etc. Faced with actual brand new people and casual encounters, I found I had absolutely no idea where to begin speaking to them. I would never have considered this odd, either, except for the presence of one F. (we shall call him) who appears to have leveled entirely as a Bard for the duration of his existence. It’s unbelievable. The ability to engage with anyone, whoever they may be, and result in a positive interaction just blows my mind.
I’m not sure what to do with the revelation yet. I am still (clearly) struggling to understand how one promotes oneself, even if one is producing something that one believes wholeheartedly is an awesome and worthwhile thing. I love my book. But I kind of choke when put on the spot to verbally tell someone about it. I have no idea why. I feel the inability to self-promote and casually interact with shiny new people is somehow related. I wonder how many other people have this problem, and how many marvelous things it’s buried away from the public eye.