80 Post Challenge – Post 30


What 5 traits do people first notice when they meet you for the first time?


I don’t know if these are traits as much as horrific defects. Lol. Okay, yeah, that’s a bit strong, but I did ask people in preparation for this post and I’m fascinated by the results.

Smile
wide red lips smiling OpenClipArtNot so much a trait as a feature. I certainly don’t mind though. Its nice that something which comes so naturally to me seems to gather so much attention. I love smiling; it takes so less effort than many other things you can do with your face and it feels good too. Its also a reflection of the rest of me, since I hope that I’m a cheerful person…

 
 
Near Constant Cheeriness
cheerful happy kitty/kitten OpenClipArt…and apparently people agree. I remember a time back in the early days of my 9-5 job that I’d bimble in at 8am and anyone else unlucky enough to be there at hour would stare at me in disgust. When I began to wonder what it was about, I managed to collar someone long enough to ask and they said; ‘You shouldn’t be this cheerful so early in the morning.’ Ah. Well. Fair enough then. Lol.

 
 
Enthusiasm
little girl in gold dress OpenClipArtSome of my interview feedback included this; particularly when I used my work on various novels to answer one of the questions. They said that the passion and enthusiasm shone through enough to make it one of the best answers I gave. Shame about the others really… but how easy it is it to get passionate and enthusiastic about a customer who can’t/won’t stop whining?

 
 
Confidence
confident thumbs up OpenClipArtWhere people get this one from I don’t know. Maybe they’re looking at someone else? Most of the time I feel anything but confident; worried about what I’m doing, how I’m doing it and all that junk. You know, normal, human worries. But other people don’t seem to get that from me. I suppose that’s a good thing. Perhaps all that LARPing and make believe has rubbed off to the point that I really do believe I have nothing to fear because I’m an immortal elf. Bwa ha haaa ahhaa!

 
 
Weirdness
weird abstract face in sculptureI think its thoughts like the above that leads to this last one. People call me weird with relish. And they get a grip on that really quickly. If they hang out with me for a little bit longer then they also add ‘geeky’ to the little list they’re making in their minds. Its fascinating to realise how much of myself I wear on my sleeve. I always figured that I was a private and quiet person but no… everyone knows about the stuff I like and some of the stuff I don’t! And the stuff I like is, for want of a better word, weird….

 

 

 

 

My 80 Post Challenge is brought to you with help from Tom Slatin’s 80 Journal Writing Prompts.

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About Ileandra Young

I'm a thirty-*mumbles* year old (purple loving, cheese worshipping) author of fantasy, juggling a pair of beautiful twin boys with my burning desire to make up stories and write them all down. When I get the chance, I play games, listen to music, and in days long past I even ran a radio show. Though I occasionally write non-fiction, my heart lives in fantasy and my debut novel, Silk Over Razor Blades is now available through Amazon along with part two of the trilogy, Walking The Razor's Edge.
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