10-Second Anecdotes That Probably Say A Lot About Me, by Selena

I’ve been noodling on what I’d say for my take on this theme for a little while now. I’ve been writing down the things I want to say, then sleeping on them, to make sure I still want to say them the next day. Good thing, too: You’ve dodged some bullets. 

  • When I was in third grade, I found my dad’s paperback copy of The Shining and caught the movie Alien on late-night cable, after my parents were in bed one night. When the Young Authors competition rolled around, I wrote an anthology of stories staring my school chums (some of whom I didn’t really care for) based on the characters and situations from both. I cast myself as Ripley. Obviously. I was the only person charmed by my short stories, which in retrospect I completely understand.
  • I babysat maybe five times in my teen years, because I hated it. I eventually loved working with kids later in my career, but I’d do anything before babysitting when I was a teenager.
  • Persephone is not my first publication. When I was 8ish, I talked the girl from across the street into starting a neighborhood newspaper with me. We wrote it out by writing on carbon paper, and we then passed it out to all the people on our court. (A court is a working-class cul-de-sac.) The next day, we went around to all the neighbors and asked them for $1 each, as a subscription fee. Nobody paid.
  • My second attempt at being a newspaper mogul was in college, when I started an “underground” newspaper that I passed out myself. It was as terrible as you might imagine. And more than a little mean, which I still feel bad about.
  • I used to make my friends play Little House on the Prairie with me all the time. I refused to ever play Mary.
  • During my crushing-on-non-threatening-famous-boys phase, I sent fan letters to Ricky Schroeder and Kirk Cameron. (I know.)
  • I went to computer camp in 1983. I had a TI-99 computer with a cassette drive and a voice modulator. I wrote a text-based game one school year, one line of BASIC at a time, because I loved Zork and thought it would make me rich. It did not.
  • I made my first website in 2001, with Microsoft FrontPage. Everyone here who was online in 2001 is chuckling now. At least it wasn’t on Geocities.
  • I got a Yahoo email account in 1998 that I still use as my primary email address.
  • One of my personal finest moments was the night I beat ten people in my neighborhood Noble Roman’s pizza at Tetris in a row.


By [E] Selena MacIntosh*

Selena MacIntosh is the owner and editor of Persephone Magazine. She also fixes it when it breaks. She is fueled by Diet Coke, coffee with a lot of cream in it, and cat hair.

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