Daily Archives: June 27, 2011

Silicon Valley Author’s Panel – San Jose

Over the weekend, Saturday June 24th, I attended the very first Silicon Valley Author’s Panel, held by Barnes & Nobel in San Jose, Ca. This was a fantastic event and I hope there are more to follow. There is something of a drought of literary events in the South Bay, probably because of the drought of Independent Bookstores. I hope that this is not just a summer-time event, but something leading towards more author talks/visits and events. Usually most of the author visits in the South Bay are held at public libraries.

The Silicon Valley Author’s Panel was put together by author June Chen. She was also 1 of the 8 authors on the panel. Each author spoke for about 5-7 minutes about their book and the writing process and reason for writing that book. Then there was a Q&A session with the audience, followed by a raffle. Some of the prizes were books donated by a couple of the authors, other prizes included Barnes and Nobel gift cards ranging from $5-$20 dollars. I, sadly, won nothing, although I am now happily aware of a new batch of authors and books.

The Q&A session wasn’t really anything special. Many people (those that asked questions at least) seemed to be aspiring authors and had many questions regarding the publishing industry:  e-books, how to find an agent, etc. Almost all of the questions were general and directed towards all the authors. I think my favorite questions asked was “What is an e-book?”

In case any of the authors happen to come across this blog, thank you for participating in the author’s panel. I learned a lot, and now have more books to add to my To-Read list. =p

The Authors.

Greg Archer
Book Title: Shut Up Skinny Bitches
Content: Body image issues, health, eating habits, eating disorders
*Betty Auchard
Book Title: The Home for the Friendless
Content: Memoir, growing up in Iowa and Colorado during the Great Depression.
Robert Balmanno
Book Title: Runes of Iona & September Snow
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Content: Dystopia, What happens to the Earth in 50-100 years in the future.
June Chen
Book Title: Seeing the Light
Content: The story of a selfish & self-centered girl as she ages and learns about the meaning of life through her mentor, Ralph Waldo Emerson.
*Martha Engber           
Book Title: Growing Great Characters From the Ground Up
Content: Writing how-to.
Timothy Fitzgerald
Book Title: Wawona Brotherhood
Content: Book 1 of a 3 part memoir series about growing in San Jose. The books also cover a lot of the history and events that took place in San Jose and on the SJSU campus.
*Audry Lynch
Book Title: Steinbeck Remembered
Content: 1 of 4 books written about author John Steinbeck. In this book, Lynch interviewed over 20 people that once knew John Steinbeck.
John K. Waters
Book Title: The Everyhing Guide to Social Media
Content: A guide towards understanding and using social media online.

Top 10 Myths About Introverts Debunked

Bookworms are often given the reputation as introverts. Well, we are to some extent, although the term “introvert” usually has the connotation of a loner, recluse, and weirdo. That’s not the case and I and many other avid readers are neither loners or recluses. Weirdo we judge on a case by case basis.

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Myth #1 – Introverts don’t like to talk.
This is not true. Introverts just don’t talk unless they have something to say. They hate small talk. Get an introvert talking about something they are interested in, and they won’t shut up for days.

Myth #2 – Introverts are shy.
Shyness has nothing to do with being an Introvert. Introverts are not necessarily afraid of people. What they need is a reason to interact. They don’t interact for the sake of interacting. If you want to talk to an Introvert, just start talking. Don’t worry about being polite.

Myth #3 – Introverts are rude.
Introverts often don’t see a reason for beating around the bush with social pleasantries. They want everyone to just be real and honest. Unfortunately, this is not acceptable in most settings, so Introverts can feel a lot of pressure to fit in, which they find exhausting.

Myth #4 – Introverts don’t like people.
On the contrary, Introverts intensely value the few friends they have. They can count their close friends on one hand. If you are lucky enough for an introvert to consider you a friend, you probably have a loyal ally for life. Once you have earned their respect as being a person of substance, you’re in.

Myth #5 – Introverts don’t like to go out in public.
Nonsense. Introverts just don’t like to go out in public FOR AS LONG. They also like to avoid the complications that are involved in public activities. They take in data and experiences very quickly, and as a result, don’t need to be there for long to “get it.” They’re ready to go home, recharge, and process it all. In fact, recharging is absolutely crucial for Introverts.

Myth #6 – Introverts always want to be alone.
Introverts are perfectly comfortable with their own thoughts. They think a lot. They daydream. They like to have problems to work on, puzzles to solve. But they can also get incredibly lonely if they don’t have anyone to share their discoveries with. They crave an authentic and sincere connection with ONE PERSON at a time.

Myth #7 – Introverts are weird.
Introverts are often individualists. They don’t follow the crowd. They’d prefer to be valued for their novel ways of living. They think for themselves and because of that, they often challenge the norm. They don’t make most decisions based on what is popular or trendy.

Myth #8 – Introverts are aloof nerds.
Introverts are people who primarily look inward, paying close attention to their thoughts and emotions. It’s not that they are incapable of paying attention to what is going on around them, it’s just that their inner world is much more stimulating and rewarding to them.

Myth #9 – Introverts don’t know how to relax and have fun.
Introverts typically relax at home or in nature, not in busy public places. Introverts are not thrill seekers and adrenaline junkies. If there is too much talking and noise going on, they shut down. Their brains are too sensitive to the neurotransmitter called Dopamine. Introverts and Extroverts have different dominant neuro-pathways. Just look it up.

Myth #10 – Introverts can fix themselves and become Extroverts.
A world without Introverts would be a world with few scientists, musicians, artists, poets, filmmakers, doctors, mathematicians, writers, and philosophers. That being said, there are still plenty of techniques an Extrovert can learn in order to interact with Introverts. (Yes, I reversed these two terms on purpose to show you how biased our society is.) Introverts cannot “fix themselves” and deserve respect for their natural temperament and contributions to the human race. In fact, one study (Silverman, 1986) showed that the percentage of Introverts increases with IQ.