Yesterday, I asked those who know me only through my writing to list some of the traits they imagine me to have. As of 10:00 last night (PST), the following were the responses.
Note: I have tried to group together related comments, indicating which were repeated several times. I have separated comments by different people within the same topic using semi-colons.
Opinionated (x4); Outspoken
Great sense of humor; a sense of humour that’s a touch on the dry side; funny as hell; ironic; Witty (funny, but with intelligence); Quippy; “the type of person to throw zingers that people think are funny – until they get home and realize it might not have been a compliment. And everyone else wishes they were the one who said it, because it’s the truth, but no one else had the balls.”
Quick to see and laugh at what’s absurd
Forthright; honest; Direct (x2)
Likes to swear
Deeply committed and passionate about the things that touch you, Passionate, Dedicated
Fiercely loyal and generous to those you love; fiercely protective of those you love.
Ruthless with yourself; hard on yourself; prone to self-reflection that sometimes more closely resembles self-doubt.
Quiet (x2); Quiet in new situations – closely observing and generating opinions, outspoken in familiar situations.
Demanding; Fierce; tenacious
Stubborn; you see things in black and white – no shades of gray.
And, my favorite: Also I think you smell like fresh baked bread.
Indeed, I do. When I don’t smell like sweat and puke.
OK, those of you who know me in real life. It’s your turn. What do you think of this list? How well do people know me from my writing? What would you add? This leads to all sorts of questions about which person is more real – the written or the in-flesh.