Friday, August 19, 2011

Feelin' Popular

Like many of those who retreat to our writer's caves and churn out YA novels about the nerdy kids who overcome schoolyard bullying, I was not so popular as a school girl. I had a core of very nice and loyal friends and a handful of BFF's along the way, but I was never going to win anything decided by popular vote. (I was in the drama club presidency because the elected president invented a new office and appointed me to it).

So imagine my shock when I was asked to give my third personal interview in three months!
He inherited this face from me.
Chantele Sedgwick asked me first and posted in July, Sara Eden asked me second but posted in June, and now the blog-fest-tastic Deana Barnhart has asked me to be a part of her First Fridays series. I mean, wow. How'd I get to be this cool? (Maybe you shouldn't answer that.)

Go read my interview on Deana's blog (which you should be following if you're not already) and find out how long it took me to finish my first book, where I want to be in 5 years, and what I started doing this week.

19 comments:

  1. Congradulations on another interview Robin. It is encouraging to hear that it took you 2 1/2 years to get the point you are now and that my wife and I are not writing slackers because I have been actively working on our book for 2 years not and don't spend as much time as you do writing. (how is that for a run on sentance :-))

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  2. Eric--LOL. It takes as long as it takes. Stephenie Meyer went from dream to contract in 6 months--but most of us have to persevere longer.

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  3. Don't you love popularity as an adult? Somehow it feels more authentic--more based on who we really are. I've read all of those interviews. You are one funny gal :)

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  4. Angie--a related question is: would you rather your children be popular or unpopular in grade school?

    And thanks! :D

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  5. Man can I relate to that. *heads over*

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  6. Donna--I also wonder if all the kids that were really popular in school will admit it now--since it seems cooler as an adult to have a downtrodden childhood.... :)

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  7. You weren't popular? I couldn't tell.

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  8. JD--I was popular in my group (weren't we all?), but certainly not in general.

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  9. Well, Robin, I was always surprised at how invisible I could be at a BYU dance. There was a girl who got asked to dance in my branch, who had terrible hygiene and her face showed it, yet she got asked to dance. I, at least, was clean. True story.

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  10. Oh, and I didn't get asked to dance. Ever. Unless I went with a group of friends. High school wasn't any better.

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  11. Thanks, Jessie--he was very fun to cuddle, too. :)

    Me, either, Donna! The only dances I went to in high school and college were those where I issued the invite--oh, wait! There was that one dance that coincided with the single month when I had a boyfriend in college. :)

    Worse? When I was in college, my dad once asked me why no one ever asked me out. After musing on the problem for a while, he concluded that the boys were all intimidated. Thanks, dad.

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  12. In answer to your question. I would rather have my kids be unpopular in grade school, Jr. High, and High School. I sound sadistic don't I? I don't mean to be. I just think that struggle and trials build character. And it feels like if kids are too popular they developed a warped view of the world.

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  13. You're popular with me. I'd vote for you!

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  14. I never felt popular or unpopular. If I had to choose I probably was unpopular. I do know people who were very popular in HS and seemed to have peaked there. If being popular means that high school is going to be the high point of my kids lives than NO THANK YOU. Life really starts after High School.

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  15. I would rather be popular out of High School then in. I loved to dance at church dances and always asked a lot of different girls to dance, including those that were not asked to dance a lot. For I could relate to how they felt for whenever a ladies choice dance was announced, I was never asked to dance by the girls. So I created the LCMFC club (The ladies choice men's foyer club). It met after the ladies choice dance started and you were not asked to dance yet again.

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  16. Angie--I totally agree. I'd much rather them struggle while they're young, where their mistakes won't have adult consequences.

    Shelly--awww thanks! :)

    JD--me, too! If only so I can be one of the cool "I used to be unpopular" adults. :)

    Eric--if I'd formed a similar club for girls, I'd have been in the foyer for the whole dance.

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  17. Haha, Robin, Dad asked me that same question about boys...he came to the same conclusion of intimidation. Gotta love our Dad! Congrats on the interview!

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  18. Vanessa!!??!! Hey, everybody! My sister reads my blog!! Now I KNOW I'm popular! Wahoooo! :D

    And yeah, he's one in a million. :D

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