#Question of the Month: a #bloghop to think about. No. 6- Are you an introvert or an extrovert?

A little while ago, Michael D’Agostino, of A Life Examined, brought up the idea of a new blog hop called Question of the Month. He thinks blog readers would like to know a little more about us, the bloggers. So we’re all gathering to show you guys who we are by taking part in the Question of the Month blog hop. On the first Monday of each month, we answer the question that gets posted here.

This month’s question is: “Are you an introvert or an extrovert?”

Once you enter the world of writing and become part of the writing community at any level, this question will pop up periodically. It’s always been pretty clear that I’m an introvert though I’ve always told people that I’m mildly introverted. For me, I have always felt that being around lots of people to be uncomfortable in varying degrees. When I’m around my huge family, the familiarity helps ground me and I can bear the closeness for a longer periods than I could with strangers. I do much better with smaller crowds and in some cases have even learned to blend into the middle instead of the background.

Pinterest Board Info – sourced from A Cup of Jo blog.

I don’t have a problem speaking to large groups of people in a controlled environment, as long as they are over there and I’m up front, I don’t become overwhelmed. Book signings are difficult for me, but I’ve learned to use my husband and sister as anchors. As long as one of them or another trusted family member or friend is nearby, I can do it. I can’t go to a mall a peak times and hardly ever go to Walmart; there are no non-peak times at Walmart. I can’t do concerts and usually sit and rock back and forth at sporting events, which again if surrounded by family isn’t too bad. I feel like they shield me.

After years of telling people that I’m mildly introverted, I came across an article on the “A Cup of Jo” blog that got me wondering. I read through it carefully and followed along. Turns out, I was right. I was hoping I’d end up being this new term “ambivert”, but no. I’m still a mild introvert or an introvert with one or two extrovert tendencies. At my core, I’m perfectly content to sit at home alone. I don’t feel left out or feel like I’m missing anything. After reading the article, I posted it to Pinterest with my results and it has proven to be one of my most popular pins… Dang, how I wish I could take credit for it. 😉

The first mini tour in my It’s Like the Full Moon, pre-order extravaganza starts today and the kick-off has already been posted over at the Author Promo Co-op blog. Please check it out if you have the time.

I’m trying to start a new bookish blog hop for anyone who might be interested. Last month was our first post and we all had a great time. It’s a great way to sample books and get an opinion on them without scouring their list of reviews. Please check out the BooktagsBlogHop.

Please visit the other participants on this hop and even join in if you’d like.

Thank you for taking the time to read this post. If you like it let me know and share it with others. See you next time, Toi Thomas. #thetoiboxofwords

My Geekdom 17: Hulk

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I have a thing for green characters. Besides the fact that these characters are often misunderstood and provide some level of the “underdog” idea, which I have a soft spot for, these character are usually socially relevant. There’s always some reason that these characters are made green and that reason usually comes with a social issue attached. For Hulk, that could be a number of things: misuse of power, dangers of nuclear power and or radiation, playing god to create something better/super, and so on.

I like Hulk because he’s angry all the time, but time and again he proves that if people simply leave him alone, he won’t hurt anyone. As part of the Avengers, Hulk proves that he can have friends and work well with others, but that doesn’t mean he’s all of a sudden the life of the party. As an introvert, Hulk is a bit of super poster child. I often think of him when I write a character like Giovanni or some other social outcast.

Thank you for taking the time to read this post. If you like it let me know and share it with others. See you next time, Toi Thomas. #thetoiboxofwords