Thursday, July 26, 2012

Single in the Hot Summery City

The best part about this picture is that thanks to Instagram, you can't see the big burn on my forehead from a very hot curling iron accident.

I've been falling back into that habit where I have so many things to write during the course of the day that by the end of the day, I have little desire to write something for fun on the blog. 

Life pretty much revolves around doing my two freelance jobs during the day, and finishing up what is required to publish my novel at night. Every day I think, "This is the day! This is the day where I finally finish everything on this stinking book, and I never have to work on it again!" But no, by the end of the day something else has come up, and I have to push off the launch another few weeks. Does it ever end??

This weekend I am speaking at a singles conference. I don't dislike public speaking. I am one of those unusual people who actually enjoy public speaking, especially if I can interact with the audience some. (And I hope to be able to do that this time.) But I am always intimidated by speaking to singles. I feel like a fraud or imposter, and that they will see right through me. After all, what do I know about anything anyway? (I half-fear all of my ex-boyfriends actually answering this question.)

I don't expect to know anyone attending the conference, which helps a little. (Speaking to my peers is my least favorite form of public speaking.) But at the same time, I really wish I had a few friends to drive up there with me. It's a long drive! (Anyone in the DC area want to go with me? I'll give you a free ride to Delaware and the beach! In exchange, you may not come to the part where I speak, and I'll let you control the radio.)

So my question to the masses today is this- what do singles want to hear another single talk about? I'm being billed as the girl who writes about singles and dating for Meridian. The theme for the conference is "Faith in Every Footstep," which does not lend itself well to dating/singles, unless I get a little dark and gloomy about persevering through bad dates and singledom.

Just a little sidenote to all of this. For the past 2 years, I've been largely out of the singles scene due to geography. I'm not in it because it doesn't exist. For the last 2 months I've actually been making a huge effort to have an active (or active by Roanoke terms anyway) social life again. As I have jumped back in to the dating pool, I've noticed a lot of things have changed, and a lot never changes. For starters, I haven't really been all that active in any social/dating scene since Facebook got popular. (Back in the Dark Ages.) There is something of an exception for my last year in Utah, but there's an asterisk on that time period as compared to now. I find it fascinating how much social media has changed dating and social interaction. But that's a discussion for another day and time. And definitely not this late at night (12:45 am as I write this). Maybe that's what I should talk about? Dating in the Digital Age? What do you think? Although, I may have more questions than advice or answers.

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