There was such an overwhelming response when I asked readers to introduce themselves on a weekend open thread that I decided to give you all a weekly column to do just that. I’ve always said this site wouldn’t be what it is without the engagement and participation of its readers and this column is the place to learn more about who you are what makes you tick. After the jump, let’s meet RhyanShae.
1. What’s your name, age and whereabouts?
On the site, and on a few other places on the web, I’m RhyanShae, which is the name of a character in one of my WIP novels. My real name is Lauren, and I’m 31. I live in a pretty rural area in the middle of New York State.
2. What’s your relationship status?
Decidedly single, and have been for a few years. Right now, I’m focusing on me so that I can be better towards an SO in the future than I was in the past.
3. How do you spend your weekdays?
Mostly at work. I work retail management, so my schedule tends to fall all over the place, and while my customers can drive me nuts and stress me out, I have the most amazing coworkers who make the workday worth it. When not at work, I am a homebody, and spend a heck of a lot of time on the internet, whether for good or bad.
4. How do you spend your free time?
When I de-stress, I work on my writing. I love to read, play games on the computer (generally, puzzle games), spending time with my nieces and nephew, and hanging out with my extended family whom I’m extremely close to. I’ve had some of the best times at family parties, no offense to my friends.
5. What are your top likes and dislikes?
Likes: A good pizza, cute animals, ghost stories (and I love talking about people’s experiences and sharing my own), snow for Christmas. As of right now (writing this a few days before Christmas), one of the snowiest places in the US currently has none.
Dislikes: Loud cell phone talkers, especially when I’m at work. Political discussions with my brother (they’re so awkward!!!), people misusing the word “retarded” to mean “stupid,” especially those who know I have a multiply handicapped older sister. Oh, and winter in general. I am just not a fan of the cold.
6. What’s the best relationship lesson you’ve ever learned?
I went through a couple of heartbreaking relationships in my early twenties that fizzled for a lot of reasons, but the main one was I was so insecure about myself, my looks, and whether I could be loved that I didn’t accept it when I was told I was loved. I learned that no matter how much effort I put into a relationship, it wouldn’t work out if I wasn’t willing to love myself. Ah, to go back and smack a lot of sense into me!
7. Besides DearWendy.com, what are some of your favorite websites?
Cracked.com, Facebook, TV Line, Cake Wrecks, and Casebook.org, which is a site that has compiled any evidence or information known about the Jack the Ripper murders, and allows people to go through their theories. I am a very curious individual, and the criminal mind and psychology behind it intrigues me.
8. What are your favorite books?
Better to go with favorite authors: Stephen King, George RR Martin, Kathy Reichs, Michael Crichton, James Patterson, Virginia Woolf, and Shakespeare. I was an English Major, so tend to reread many of the classics like Shelley, Austen, Dumas, and the like. Probably the two least likely types of books you won’t catch me with are romance novels or anything related to Twilight (no offense to anyone–but most things about it just do not interest me).
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