Personality Types and the Internet

Today at our department meeting, we were talking about various personality typing indexes. The most well-known of these is the Myers-Briggs index, which determines your personality type or style based on four “opposing” sets of characteristics:

  • Introverted vs Extroverted
  • Sensing vs iNtuition
  • Thinking vs Feeling
  • Judging vs Perceiving

These four characteristics can then be mixed and matched in up to 16 different combinations. I’ve taken Myers-Briggs tests numerous times, and while the first letter (I or E) seems to change depending on the mood I’m in, I almost always wind up with NTJ as my last four letters.

Which is why I was utterly astonished to discover, when I tried out this tool for analyzing a website’s content based on the Myers-Briggs index, that both my main site and this blog have exactly the opposite final three letters. My sites, it seems, are all Sensing, Feeling, and Perceiving! (My website is an introvert and my blog is an extrovert, which I guess makes sense, lol.)

Anyway, I thought this was very interesting. When I tried the tool out on some of my friends sites, I was impressed by the degree to which their sites seemed to match what I think of as their personalities. Of course, some of them I only KNOW through their websites and blogs, so perhaps that doesn’t mean much. Still, it was intriguing…

Anyway, if you’re interested in finding out the Myers-Briggs type of your website and those of your friends, favorite authors, what have you, it’s here:

My New Obsession: Lost in Austen

Okay, I will make what may be a somewhat shocking confession: I’m really not that big of an Austen fan. Oh, I’ve read the biggies–Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility, Emma–but they don’t draw me back for repeat reads over and over again. I’ve enjoyed the movie adaptations I’ve seen, but I haven’t gone out of my way to see them. I’m more of a “if it happens to be on Masterpiece Theater and I happen to have the time” kind of girl when it comes to watching Austen movies. And I haven’t had any particular desire to seek out any of the modern Austen sequels that have become so popular of late.

So, when I checked the TV menu last night and found an hour-long show called Lost in Austen was on my PBS station, I was only mildly intrigued. But there was nothing else I wanted to watch, so I decided to give it a whirl.

And, oh my goodness, am I glad I did! Lost in Austen is about a modern-day Londoner, Amanda Price, whose favorite book is Pride and Predudice. She reads it over and over again as an escape from the coarse rudeness and lack of romanticism in modern life. And then, one night, after her boyfriend proposes to her and then passes out on the couch, drunk, she hears a noise in her bathroom. When she goes to investigate, she discovers Elizabeth Bennett in her bathtub. Shortly thereafter, she and Elizabeth switch places.

I won’t reveal more than that because, well, it would be a spoiler, but I think what made this so much fun for me is that it really is seeing the historical romance through the eyes of a modern woman, which is the way we read Austen and all modern romance novels with historical settings. Not to mention, it is very funny.

The entire show is made up of four one-hour episodes, and I’m already eagerly anticipating episode 2. In the meantime, I reckon I’ll fire up the DVR and watch episode 1 a few times more!

I Know It’s Been Quiet…

But that’s because I’ve been quietly plotting world domination…muahaha!

Well, that’s not entirely true. I did spend a few weeks under a rock after my option book proposal was…well, not exactly rejected, but postponed by my editor at Kensington. I knew there was a very good possibility of that happening, but when it actually did happen, I was a bit more discouraged than I thought I’d be. Even so, the door’s not locked, just temporarily closed. Prospects may be better in the fall.

In the meantime, my agent (the lovely Kevan Lyon of the newly-minted Marsal Lyon Literary Agency) and I decided the best course of action would be for me to dust off my Victorian-set single-title historical romance and finish it with the idea of shopping it during the summer. This is a book I started quite a while ago, and I really do love the characters and plot, so it’s no hardship to be working on it again after the hiatus. I’m about a third of the way into the manuscript now, and hope to finish the first draft by late May or early June.

I’m also trying to slip a few smaller projects in between the cracks. Those who read and enjoyed my first contemporary novella, The Gospel of Love: According to Luke, may be pleased to know that finished the sequel, According to Matthew, last month. It’s currently biding its time in the submission queue, but I hope to hear within a few more weeks whether it will be accepted for publication. I have a few other small irons on the fire, as well, including (are you ready?) a book I’m writing that’s aimed at the middle grade/YA market. (Hey, I have to write something my kids can read, right?)

And in addition to all that, I’m working on promotion for Behind the Red Door, which will be out in a mere two months! (I’m still sort of breathless over that). As part of that effort, I’ll be rolling out a new, improved website and blog on or about May 1. That probably means this blog will go away as I convert from Blogger to WordPress (hmmm, I wonder if Blogger considers that admission to be filterable content?).

With everything that’s going on, I’ll only be posting here sporadically for the next few weeks (but hopefully a bit more than the last few!). I do promise, however, to post soon and ask you if you have any questions you’d like me to ask some of the blog guests I’m lining up for the month of May. Among those who’ve already accepted my invitation to guest are my agent and her partner, Jill Marsal. So, be thinking about what you’d like to ask an agent, because I’ll be asking for questions soon!