Allison M.

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What shape am I?

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Well, she got me.  The Finicky Cynic got me.  For those not not hep to the nature of my posts during the 2nd half of June, I’ve taken up, to the best of my ability, what F.C. has billed “June Jour Challenge,” where each day (which is English for “Jour”) you write a post inspired by a certain prompt suggested by F.C.  As I have been taking up the challenge, I wondered aloud (doing so in good jest) of what F.C. would think of next.  For example, on my June 19 post, I mentioned I had a dream of what she’d suggest for prompts, including:

Diagram an isosceles triangle so that the angle bisectors form a third triangle.” (Geometry problems?)

And when F.C. put up another suggestion that at first seemed odd — what would do on a deserted island with a rope, magnifying glass, and cardboard box — I happily put in my response, but still kinda scratched my head:

(Okay, F.C.: Are you ready to ask me about isosceles triangle diagrams now?)

Well, as good natured as my words were, they have come back to haunt me.  This afternoon, F.C. took them to heart and put this suggestion into the electronic ether:

Inspired by Allison M.‘s comments from previous “June Jour” Challenge writing prompts, I have taken it upon myself to turn it into reality. Allison, this is for you. 😉

If you were a geometric shape (e.g. square, circle, isosceles triangle, etc), what would you be and why?

Ah, yes, a doozy suggestion to end all doozy suggestions.  But, actually, the shape I had in mind to describe myself in this response came rather quickly into my mind.  Nevertheless, I did consider other possible answers first:

  • A square?  Nah, that seems to rigid.  I’m not all that rigid.
  • A rectangle?  Different, but still kinda rigid, even if it’s set up to be taller (and more soaring) than it is wider.
  • A parallelogram or a rhomboid?  Well, they suggest “forward looking” but are still kinda rigid.
  • A kite?  well, close but….

Actually, the shape came into my mind to describe myself was round.  No, it’s not one circle or oval or figure eight.  Matter of fact, it’s multiple round shapes.  Observe:

Allison's circlesYeah, I know what you’re thinking when you see this.  You’re probably scratching your head and wondering aloud, “Gee, Allison, what the heck is that?”  Well, it is pretty unique, isn’t it?  The way I see it… er, the way I see myself, I’m just like multiple circles/ovals, starting from one point (or close to one point anyway) and going outward in different arcs until they intersect at the same “home” point, at which the path can go from one circle to another.

It’s the perfect way to geometrically describe myself: I’m so many things (male, female, son, brother, uncle, worker, volunteer, happy, sad, bi, curious, whatever), and I’m all of them at once.  I’m grounded yet going outward in varying degrees.  I’m a rainbow of personality and identification (hence the colors of the pride rainbow).  I’m so many facets at once.

So, thanks for the writing prompt, F.C.; your suggestion was not from left field at all, not in the least.  Oh, and I promise I will never think of or refer to your writing prompts as weird again, even if I do dream about them.

So, dear readers, what shape are you?

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Author: Allison M.

Full-time middle-aged male. Long-time overworked office drone. Part-time female fashion plate. Amateur fashionista (emphasis on "amateur"). Admirer and supporter of those who are fashionable, fabulous, and friendly. A little bit silly. Absolutely nowhere near perverted. I am a real human being, just like you. Able to share thoughts about my life experiences, fashion sense, and the world at large despite middling grades in high school creative writing class (but at least I do look cute when I'm writing, so that has to count for something).

5 thoughts on “What shape am I?

  1. Again, another interesting response to the post! I’m not sure what exactly that shape is (overlapping circles?), but it definitely encompasses what you said about your personality! Never would have thought of that! Looking forward to more of your posts in the future!

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    • Oh, gosh, your compliments are making me blush. (Am I that good?) Yeah, I’ve been wondering about what that shape is myself; it does look like overlapping/intersecting ovals, doesn’t it? Truth be told, I originally attempted to create a spiral type of image (think of a Slinky toy). Problem is, I work on a laptop computer with a finger-touch mouse pad, and it’s hard for me to get a freeform drawing in MS Paint down pat without it looking as if a little kid drew it, hence the use of prefab shapes in my image. It’s just as well, for I feared in retrospect a spiral drawing would have left an impression that I was “spiraling” down or out of control.

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      • Yes, your answers are quite distinctive, as I would have never thought of them in the first place! I think the spiral circle shape you chose was cool, now having realized that it can not only represent multiple layers of your being, but also the mental aspect of your psyche. Perhaps I’m reading too much into this, but it’s just a thought!

        Ah, all of this talking about shapes has now inspired me to do this post challenge as well! 🙂

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