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New Game

It takes some confidence to come public with a blog. I found a little electric courage, if you will. In general, the more I know about a topic, the more confident I feel about it. Studying abroad, for example. The amount of research I did drove my friends crazy; it was an almost compulsive thing, to cram as much knowledge into my tiny American brain as I could before I left. But I did it so I knew what I was flying into when I landed in Japan, and so I felt like I could handle what was coming.

On the other hand, before my gum surgery, the more I read about it online, the more I freaked myself out about it. Part of that was the sheer volume of horror stories available, as opposed to the amount of useful, more balanced info (thanks, interwebs). In both cases, actually gritting my teeth (so to speak) and taking the plunge was the biggest step, but it was one I couldn’t have taken without feeling a little weight of virtual experience under my belt.

That’s why I decided not to wait anymore to start writing. The more I blog, the more I’ll gain experience, and the more confident I’ll feel. I’ve done my research enough to feel like I can figure out the rest from here. To put it in video game terms (this is the first of many times), I’ll be leveling up my communications and writing skills, which I suppose falls under the Charisma and Intelligence categories.

So here’s to my online debut under my real name and not any stage name (the internet is a kind of play, after all, both the kind with actors and the kind with avatars).