Strike up a conversation with a stranger… your life will be richer for it! 🙂

Feisty Red Hair

I have a really cool friend named Megan.  She lives in California, which has a reputation for being supremely cool.  I guess that makes Megan doubly cool.  Her coolness is due to a whole number of things, primarily her personality, which I will sum up in this sentence she once said:  “I have yet to find anything more interesting in the world than meeting and talking to new people.”  That pretty much describes her – gregarious, outgoing, super-extroverted, fun-loving, adventure-seeking, talkative, and indomitable.  While our personalities are very similar, she’s a concentrated version of me.  (Oh, she’s also a feisty redhead!)

That quote, however, made a deep impression on me.  I can’t tell you how many times I’ve stopped to think about it, or found myself in a social setting and wondered what Megan would do.  Well, she’d dive in and try to make as many new friends as…

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About VeronicaThePajamaThief

Bio: Veronica Marie Lewis-Shaw Born in Lisboa, Portugal to parents of Portuguese/Russian descent, Veronica Marie and her wife, Christina Anne, call the Pacific Northwest home, where the couple are “still very much on honeymoon!” When not teaching and finishing her own studies for a Masters in Sociology, Veronica writes fiction, primarily noir - "I love dark!". Her long fascination with noir fiction prompted Veronica to try her own hand at writing fiction several years ago. She has been published in Pulp Metal Magazine, The Lost Children: A Charity Anthology, the horror anthology 100 Horrors, from Cruentus Libri Press, Nightfalls: an End of the World anthology, Drunk On The Moon 2: A Roman Dalton anthology and Gloves Off: Near To the Knuckle's debut anthology. Veronica has also appeared in the inaugural issue of Literary Orphans magazine and her horror/urban fantasy short story SOUL TAKER was recently chosen for inclusion in Lily Childs' february femmes fatales, an urban fantasy/horror anthology. Veronica counts among her mentors - Carole A Parker, Lily Childs, Paul D Brazill, Richard Godwin, Joyce Juzwik and Vicki Abelson. She is currently working on the third draft of her first novel – a memoir – as well the second draft of her first fiction novel, a fantasy novel and the publication of a collection of her flash fiction and short stories. Lily's The Feardom and Vicki Abelson's Women Who Write Facebook writing group have both been a tremendous source of support and inspiration for Veronica. Veronica’s writings can be found at and, and
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2 Responses to

  1. Laura says:

    I do that too. Sometimes just start out and see if they say much back or don’t seem to want to talk. Sometimes you get someone who talks your ear off. 🙂

  2. Oh, I’ve had that happen! And I thought that I could talk! Lol!!

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