Friday, May 8, 2015

Just a Bit Outside

I enjoy writing. I can express myself better on the page than in person.  I have time to consider and reconsider my thoughts and find just the right words that expresses those thoughts in a way that I like.  Plus paper and pen are not intimidating.  They don't mock me.

So when the South Carolina Book Festival People contacted me to see if I would be a panelist for one of their workshops--I pretty near lost my cookies.   I knew I had to say yes, but I wanted to crawl in a hole.   This is Way-Outside-of-my-Comfort-Zone.  One on one, I seem to be able to be reasonably competent in the speaking sciences but put me in front of people with a microphone and my knees turn to water, my brains to mush, and my mouth to an arid desert with out so much as a drop of saliva.

Oh well, I take comfort in the thought that no one knows me there.   If I make a complete idiot of myself I will find just the right words to write  in my next blog post to make it seem like it was humorous walk in the park.


  1. Congratulations Carole. Humor helps.

  2. You will be great! But I know what you mean. I can express myself better on paper too.

  3. I feel the same way in front of a group. It's easy for me to say but here goes-- you'll do great!!

  4. Thank you. Appreciate the support.

  5. I've no doubt you'll do well and, as you say, it'll make a great blog post if you don't.
    Personally I'm the other way round - I find it much much easier to talk than to write as a form of communication. The problem with the paper (or computer screen) is it doesn't have any facial expressions or body language to read, so I'm not sure whether I'm getting my message across, or need to switch analogies or explanations.

    1. This is interesting. I find that even though I am 61 and should know better, when I read facial expressions and body language, I begin to conform the message to what I think the other person wants to hear. No good.

  6. Carole, you will do very well. You had a gift for interacting with people way back when we were just little shavers in elementary school and I have full confidence that your gift has grown since then. Go get 'em, classmate!