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Shake That Introvert Up


images.jpegThat’s my message to myself today. You see, it’s Comicon time again, and my sweetheart has purchased the full event pass for me. Why? Because there are authors at Comicon who generously offer their insights on writing and frankly, it’s really fun.

Now Comicon wouldn’t have been my first thought if someone had asked me where to go for writing support and instruction, but a few years back the sweetheart found out that there are real live authors there, and some of them are authors I’ve met through my various writing projects around town. Cool. So we went.

I was blown away! Not just by the author events, which were terrific, but by the whole thing. Costumes, people of all sorts (yes, ALL sorts, it was glorious!), and an energy that is infectious. I loved it. I still love it. But…

I have to confess, Comicon wears me out. And no, I don’t stay all day, or sleep in a hotel next to the Convention Center, or participate in CosPlay, or any of that. I just show up, go to my sessions, wander the vendors (miles of vendors), and go home again. But MAN, it drains me.

I’m self-aware enough to know that it’s because deep down I’m an introvert. Being anywhere with a lot of people for an extended period of time wears me out. It doesn’t mean I don’t like going places. I do. I just need to recharge after I’ve been there for a while. Some of my favorite memories have occurred at large family gatherings, quilting retreats, and scrapbooking conventions. Each of them, though, takes a toll.

It may sound silly if you’re not an introvert, but I have to psych myself up for these types of events. Yes, I’m looking forward to it, but really, I love being at home in the peace and quiet. Still, I’m going to check my parking map (he arranged that too, what a great guy), grab my lanyard, and head downtown. I’ve got this! Comicon, here I come!


Author: BulgingButtons

I'm a middle aged woman doing the things that middle aged women do and trying not to beat myself up. I'm living the life I choose with the man I love, the grown up son who impresses me all the time, and the most adorable pup ever rescued from the euthanasia list. We live in the heat of the Southwest, where I regularly sweat through my Lane Bryant bras.

4 thoughts on “Shake That Introvert Up

  1. Hi, I am totally with you — except for that whole Comicon part. One of my sons goes, full costume, and I’ve seen enough Big Bang Theory episodes to know, well, at least what it is. And the writing support sounds like a plus. I love attending conferences related to my job and getting inspired, and I don’t really mind meeting people and making connections. But those whole sections of the schedule set aside to network? Wear. Me. Out. Of course, sitting still for hours and hours also wears me out, but the whole putting myself out there, meeting and greeting and gabbing — even sincerely — is much more challenging. But you know what you’re facing, and you do have this! Get out there and make the most of it! 🙂 Then report back.

    • Thank you so much for your reply! Yes, networking is a little troublesome for me too. I do better in more structured settings, I think. Left to my own devices, I’d just as soon find a chair in a quiet corner and watch.

  2. Awesome! Have a great time! (and lucky!)

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