Those familiar with A Chorus Line will recognize the title as a line from one of the musical’s songs. So much for originality. But it is a decent evocation of my state of mind many times, that overwhelming need to forge a discernible identity and, finally, make something of oneself.
It continues: “Am I my resume? That is a picture of a person I don’t know. . . . What should I try to be? . . . . I need this job.” My view of the “who am I?” question is that we are all many things and constantly changing.
So who am I? Let’s see. I am a seeker and philosopher, a student of life and literature, a teacher and tutor, and, increasingly, a writer. I question things. I love reason, or, I reason reason? Logic. I’m a skeptic, a literalist, a poet, a wife, a researcher, a doggie mom, a grammarian, a flower gardener, and a proofreader but not a language purist.
Hailing from northeast Ohio, I attended college in Massachusetts. My career began in publishing after I received my philosophy BA. I’ve done administrative work at F+W Publications, Inc., now F+W Media, and Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.
From there, I served as a graduate assistant at The University of Akron’s Institute for Teaching and Learning, and taught English and journalism at Our Lady of the Elms High School (also Akron). I also served as a substitute teacher at various schools in Summit County during the 2006-07 school year.
I currently tutor English, essay writing, social studies, and career help online for Tutor.com from my home in south Akron.
A fairly serious person, I also love to dance, sing, and play hilarious word games with family or friends. Apples to Apples has given way to Word Whimsy lately (racier, raunchier, more side-splitting laughter). A former athlete, I played soccer all through college, but I currently exercise very little and love to eat sweets, especially chocolate.
I love pumpkin-flavored anything, so I am mourning the passing of fall and the holidays primarily for reduced opportunities for pumpkin-item eating. I also love backyard birds, movies, flower gardening, alternative music (and other kinds), wildlife, and trying my hand in various arts. I often think in terms of movie and music lines, and I am not bad at the game Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon, aka the Kevin Bacon Challenge.
I have joined WordPress’s Blogging 101 course because, despite my age, experience, and supposed wisdom, I still have trouble with self-discipline and often need a structured environment in order to be productive. I.e., I am human. Working from home has been good in some ways but bad for sticking to a regular work routine.
Since I have initiated a blog and have written several posts, that hurdle is behind me, so my new goals are to solidify my blog’s purpose and focus, write more posts more often, develop my voice, and generally make writing more central to my daily round.
I found that participating in National Novel Writing Month (known to initiates as NaNoWriMo) each November for the past four years has proven to me that I am capable of doing more than I usually do. It’s that community, that group spirit which really motivated me most. I have “won” the NaNo contest against oneself each year by completing 50,000 words of a novel in 30 days, but I finished writing only one novel’s story so far, and no substantial editing has yet followed. (50,000 words is almost more of a novella length by today’s standards.)
Once November ends and the community disperses, my motivation wanes. As a teacher, I also enjoy helping and learning with others. I joined Twitter in August but have yet to take the Facebook plunge. I am a member of a classics book club and a writing group in Canton. We’re currently reading Don Quixote.
I have had a blog for a little over a year now, but as with many things, I have not made a regular habit of it. Over the years, I have written poetry, essays, short stories, journal entries, movie reviews, company and school publication articles, and one scholarly essay in a published book. I am now considering venturing into memoir some time this year.
In essence, I have a varied writing-related background and a need to be with people in my work. That’s basically who I am and why I am here.