This is so awkward…

I did a thing.

You guys know how I’m trying to stretch myself a bit. Not just in my work, though I am taking on new challenges there, but in my attitudes, my lifestyle, and my actions. I’m trying to push myself out of my comfort zone so I can learn to be more at home in the world outside of my house and maybe add more to it.

Well, one of the things that’s way outside of my comfort zone is any form of public speaking. Or any speaking, unless I’m with people I’m comfortable with. Writing is just easier, so I like to talk through my fingers. It works most of the time, but my discomfort with speaking is likely a huge part of my social awkwardness and desire to never have to go out and talk to anyone in person.

And my anxiety over making phone calls, actually.

So I’ve started a vlog. It’s not a big thing in the grand scheme of the universe, but it’s a huge step for me. It’s another way I can connect with you guys, too, and that’s important when I have no idea how many people actually read posts here. It’s a little more interactive, a little more challenging for me, and hopefully a little more fun for you. Videos will be short. The first one is 11 minutes, but I’m going to try to keep them under eight. I know you’ve got things to do.

Know what I’ve got? A Canadian accent, apparently. That’s been the big comment so far. At least people seem to enjoy it…

Anyway, here you go. Please enjoy my fumbling first attempt at letting the world see what I’m actually like when I’m not hiding behind my keyboard. Some day I’ll release the outtakes so we can all laugh. O.o

I’ve got a page of ideas for things to talk about (mostly non-writing), but if you have questions or ideas for topics, I’d be happy to fit them in. If I know what you want, I can give it to you. 🙂


About Kate Sparkes

Kate Sparkes was born in Hamilton, Ontario, but now resides in Newfoundland, where she tries not to talk too much about the dragons she sees in the fog. She lives with five cats, two dogs, and just the right amount of humans. USA Today bestselling author of the Bound Trilogy (mature YA Fantasy), Into Elurien, and Vines and Vices. Writing dark, decadent, and deadly Urban Fantasy as Tanith Frost. View all posts by Kate Sparkes

10 responses to “This is so awkward…

  • change it up editing

    I’m impressed whenever someone steps out of their comfort zone, so yay Kate! Now that you’ve got the first one out of the way, you’ll be much more comfortable going forward. Congratulations!

  • ReGi McClain

    Haha! I knew about your accent, because you’d mentioned having a thick one before. I think it’s cute. 🙂

    Nicely done! I could tell how difficult it was for you in this video, but I’m sure it will get easier and easier. Kudos for being courageous enough to push yourself past that awkwardness to do this.

    I’m not sure how you do it, but you make purple hair look natural.

  • Steven Lowden

    Remember that it’s everyone else that has an accent. Canadians who grew up in Ontario don’t.

  • Sue Archer

    I’m soooo with you on the real world, Kate. 🙂 It’s wonderful to finally meet you in person. And good for you taking on this challenge! I’ve been thinking of trying it myself, and you are inspiring me. It’s much easier to communicate through the written word, isn’t it? I thought you did a fantastic job – your sense of humour is coming through really well. 🙂 Looking forward to the next one!

  • Kelli

    You did great Kate! You are very brave to challenge yourself. It is very inspiring. I am also very uncomfortable with public speaking and having a camera pointed at me but I thought you did an amazing job. I look forward to following your vlog. It’s going to be fun! You have a great sense of humor. 😊

  • Lori L MacLaughlin

    Wow, nice job and a great way to get out of your comfort zone. I’ve never thought of doing a vlog. Definitely out of my comfort zone. I’ll have to think about that.

  • Tammi Kale

    Great post vlog post! I look forward to getting to know you and your writings. I admire you taking on the new challenge!

  • slmcclure86

    I enjoyed your vlog, Kate. I think your accent is awesome and cute, and you have a great sense if humor. I will definitely watch more. It is hard to connect and interact with others as a writer so this is a great idea. I am nervous to do it because of my accent. Was that a concern of yours too?

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