I’m going to tell you a secret about my husband: he wants to be a spy.  Seriously, if he could go back in time and learn stealth, agility and how to look inconspicuous, he would be a spy.  Loves the movies, loves the books, loves anything about the genre.  So, when I read that a spy museum was opening up in the city, off we went.

Now, Spyscape is kitschy, and a bit silly, but we loved it!!!  Basically you go to kiosks and answer questions about logic, risk taking and personality.  There are a few active rooms where you try spy techniques.  Personally, I loved the surveillance room, where you don a headset and need to look around the room and spot what your handler is telling you to look for.  So much fun.

After you complete all the circuits, they tell you what your spy job would be based on the answers and abilities you possess.  My husband was assigned Agent Handler.  I was a hacker.  I was actually a little bummed because I always thought I would make a good profiler. But hacker it is.

Why hacker you ask?  Well, here’s a little secret about me:  I’m a math girl.  After going through all the tests, my math skills are what stood out above all else.  I get those questions where you have to figure out what pattern comes next in a sequence, or which number is next in a sequence.  There it is, my dirty little secret:  I’m good at math related things.

I see patterns.  I can draw a correlation between two things that seem to have absolutely nothing in common.  I’m an analyzer of information, and I’m really good at it.  My brain is fueled by logic.

So what’s the problem?  Well, I don’t want to be a math girl.  I want to be a writing girl.  Every day I try to be a writing girl.  My goal is to write a novel, so every day I go against my natural type to try for something else.  Some days it is easy to blog and to work on my book:  other days it’s a slog.  But I keep going.

And that’s my little message for today:  no matter what anyone says, be true to yourself.  Go for your dreams.  Though maybe you’ve been labeled as a hacker, that shouldn’t stop you from being a novelist.  Now you try it:  fill in the blanks.

I’ve been labeled a ________________, but it’s not going to stop me from being a _______________.

What are your words?

 

53 thoughts on “Mission: ____________

  1. I love it. Maybe you can marry your Math skills with your writing dreams…. no reason not to… spy suspense novel featuring a creative hacker type? Lol.

    I’ve often been labelled exactly what I am… dreamer, reader, writer, creative type. But with great organisational skills, so I teach 😄

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  2. Aaah, lovely! A spy! Did he read ‘The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax (1966) (ISBN 978-0449208281) from Dorothy Gilman? It is one of my favorite books. 🙂 No literature but very very nice. It is about an elderly lady with the same wish, but don’t tell him that because that would be a spoiler. :-).
    I noticed the labels I carry are not very happy ones so not going to repeat here but thank you for the heads-up. I had no clue they were ingrained in my system.
    I love your writing. 🙂
    xx, Feeling

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  3. I think I would like the surveillance room too. I love doing hidden puzzle searches. I am definitely not a math person. I’ve been labeled wife/mother/medical transcriptionist, but it’s not going to stop me from being an artist/creator. Thanks for the reminder that it’s okay to go after our dreams!

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  4. Too funny. One of our boys years ago answered the question in school of what his father did by saying, “I’m not sure. I think he may be a spy.” He didn’t really know what his Dad did when he went to work every day, but he knew he read a lot of spy books! For the blanks, how about “I’ve been labelled a do-gooder, but that’s not going to stop me from being a bad-ass!” 😏

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  5. I think it’s interesting that you seem to see being a novelist and a math girl as opposites, when I would say that your math skills are probably a big help in writing, in terms of recognizing patterns, being able to see how a plot works logically, being able to make imaginative leaps which is the kind of thinking required both in writing and in higher forms of math.

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  6. One of the most interesting things I’ve ever read were John Steinbeck’s notes from when writing “Grapes of Wrath.” I never read all of them, but loved when he would say something like, “Thought I was going to get a lot done today, but didn’t.” Just because you’re good at math doesn’t mean you’re good at writing too. 🙂

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  7. Labels and systems and such like are all ridiculous 🙂 You can be whatever you want to be. Some things will come easy, and some things will come hard.

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    1. True!😀 it’s funny though. I met with my writing group today and the biggest critique they had of my chapters is my lack of emotion with my characters. I think it’s cause my brain is always searching for the quantifiable…..so I’m going to overthink this

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  8. Got to be honest. Didn’t think of the songs at first but, guess that just happened. It’s subconscious. Amazing songs. “And this bird you cannot change”

    To you, the keep writing. Love reading your stuff and you have been an indirect mentor to me in ways and I appreciate your support.

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  9. Dreamer/Stephen King-ok, maybe not him but someone famous, maybe more like Tami Hoag! First I have to earn how to write mystery/horror stories, lol. I can barely write a simple story, so I have a long way to go! Good luck with your dream, just keep writing!

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