Signatures

I do not use an e-mail signature, though almost everyone I know does. The reason for this is simple: there’s no message, no quote, no information that I want to send to every single person that I know. I am too many different people (not in a Sybil kind of way) and use e-mail for too many different things. Also, the things I like, the things I think about, change too frequently. So, no signature (ah: except at work, where I append my contact info and title to everything automatically, because there are too many Jennifers working at KU).

If I were going to adopt a signature or a motto at this moment, though, it would be this: “Je suis belle et ça ne demande aucun effort.” Which translates as: I am beautiful and I don’t even try. Could there be a better motto than that? It’s pretty much me, all of my arrogance and antipathy combined (note: I took the “How’s Your Self-Esteem” quiz thing that was floating around, and it said that eight percent of the time, I have low self-esteem, and then tried to find a nice way of telling me I’m waaaay too confident. Why?). Of course, I’m reading it with a comma: I am beautiful, and I don’t try.

Should we have to apologize for confidence? I don’t think so. I know many, many, many people who struggle with self-confidence all the time. Just within my family, it’s been a fairly grand issue for women, to the point that I’ve wondered if it’s something genetic (which would explain why I missed the low self-esteem boat). I think I rock. I hold myself in the highest esteem. I want to be friends with people “like me,” who think like me, who like the things I do or who can introduce me to things that I will like. I don’t apologize for that.

I wish I knew how confidence grew or was created. I wish I could loan it out to the people I know who have struggled with believing in themselves. I would plant a garden of it outside my apartment and donate it like blood, in bags, for free, for anyone who wants it.

In the middle of writing this, I became even more awesome than usual, because I just found out, via e-mail, that one of my stories has been accepted for publication in the G.W. Review. Woo-hoo!

I picked up that quote by following a link to a Knitty pattern off of , from which I have just gleefully ordered a Recycled Silk Sari Bag. EEE! Pretty new thing!

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11 Responses to Signatures

  1. next_bold_move says:

    Eeeeeee! Publication is very exciting!

  2. minnaleigh says:

    In the middle of writing this, I became even more awesome than usual, because I just found out, via e-mail, that one of my stories has been accepted for publication in the G.W. Review. Woo-hoo!

    Congrats! You rock! (Not that you needed to hear that from me ;-))

  3. kepkanation says:

    Thanks!! I’m ridiculously excited — and it’s a story that the writing group has read through, as well, so thank you!

  4. kepkanation says:

    EEEEE was exactly my reaction (well, almost. Actually I said, “YAY! SCORE!” really loud at work, heh). I am so psyched!

  5. next_bold_move says:

    Can you tell me what the story is about?

  6. kepkanation says:

    I certainly can, or I can send or give you the story, if you’d like. It’s about 1700 words.

  7. next_bold_move says:

    Oh, yes!

  8. therealjae says:

    Oh, I loved this post. It’s everything I adore about you rolled into one.

    And congratulations on the first publication! VERY exciting.

    -J

  9. starstraf says:

    and I think that no matter the lack of commonality some times the fact that we are both very self confident is the commonality that ties us together as friends, I find it very refreshing.

    you coming to amies tonight?
    my house tomorrow?
    want to try casino agian this weekend?

  10. kepkanation says:

    I’ve thought that might be a big tie, too!

    Casino: give me a call Sunday!

  11. kepkanation says:

    Thanks!! It’s actually the story that the writing group read a while back, so I owe you all thanks for helping with it. Woo-hoo!

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