~~ Corine’s guest post ~~
I am an observer and storyteller by nature. I find stories in everyday experiences. Whether in a line full of people at Starbucks or at home with my family, stories are always forming in my mind.
When I am in a large crowd or with people that I don’t know, I tend to be friendly but quiet; politely talking and responding only when spoken to, but always paying attention to the finer details around me. I take everything in, looking for something funny or interesting to relax my mind.
It is really only then, after settling into the situation comfortably, that I am able to start conversations and tell my own stories. Once this starts, my stories can flow like water.
My initial shyness comes from the usual birthplace of adult problems: my childhood. I grew up with a mother who was, and still is, a strict elementary school teacher. She ran our household like her classroom with many rules. She reiterated them in that familiar teacher voice over and over again (especially during any car ride). Her rules were:
1. Do not speak unless you are spoken to.
2. Do not touch anything.
3. Behave yourself.
4. Don’t embarrass me.
Easy enough if you aren’t a five-year-old kid. But, maybe now I realize they aren’t easy for anyone. At the end of each car ride, she would shriek “Remember what I said! Now, go have fun,” with the tone of “Have fun, but I am going to be watching every move you make so you better remember the rules! Or else!”
Thinking back to those car rides and her sternness makes me laugh.
Even though my social shyness is annoying to me, I have come to realize that it makes me a good observer. The simple act of being silent, and “taking it all in” allows me to turn an ordinary situation into an interesting story. Over time, I have also realized that some of the best stories come from the simplest of details: such as the subtlety’s of a person’s facial expression, the tone of their voice, or even an awkward body movement.
I love the power of storytelling and making people smile.
What traits and past experiences shape your storytelling?
Synopsis: “Click.” “Tap.” Tag and Post. An adored baby tells a modern tale about life in today’s digital world. #BabyLove: My Social Life highlights the social phenomena of sharing daily activities using technology and social networks.
“A charming modernization of the traditional bedtime tale.”- Reviewed by Kirkus
“#BabyLove: My Social Life, is a clever and entertaining look at raising children in the age of social media… The author’s story flows beautifully, and her illustrations are brightly colored, cheerful and humorous… Dehghanpisheh’s wry and subtle humor is evident throughout this story that will entertain adults as well as the children they share the book with. #BabyLove: My Social Life is highly recommended for tech-savvy parents and their babies.” – Reviewed by Readers’ Favorite
“#BabyLove offers a hipster view of contemporary parenting. Beneath the story of technological trendiness, however, lies a more enduring portrait of nurture and joy.” – Reviewed by Foreword Clarion Reviews
About the Author:
She was a Mom’s Choice Awards® Silver Recipient and a Next Generation Indie Author Finalist for her debut children’s book Can We Play Again?, which was published in March 2012. Her inspiration for this book came from her work as a Licensed Creative Arts Therapist in NYC.
When Corine is not busy being creative, she is most likely having fun taking pictures of her family. Corine lives in Manhattan, NY with her husband and new baby.
To learn more, go to http://www.booksbycorined.com/