My Peeps

© Kari Helm

I never really belonged to any cliques when I went to school.

It’s not that I didn’t have friends, because I did, it’s just that I seemed to be friends with a bunch of different groups. I’m sure it didn’t help that I was constantly moving around while I was growing up, so I didn’t really have the time necessary to identify with one solid school community. But nevertheless, I seemed to be friends with everyone.

At one point or another, I could be found conversing with any given group. I’m not lying when I say I’ve done my time with the geeks of the school, sharing ridiculously unfunny nerd jokes like some pre-modern day version of the gang from The Big Bang Theory. I’ve shared over-exaggerated, gut-wrenching poems with my fellow emo friends, as we all dressed up in our favorite safety pin adorned jeans, and I’ve laughed at the theatrics of my fellow drama nerds as we all tested out our many hilarious, but awful, accents. I’ve also spent time cheering at sports competitions for more than one of my friends in the jock community and swapped Oprah Winfrey-like AHA moments with my spiritual comrades.

Seriously, I’ve hung out with them all.

In a lot of ways, I think these friendships have not only formed who I am today but I know they inherently reflect who I am. I had a very hard time in college when it finally came time to choosing a major. Mainly because I loved so many things about each individual major, that it was difficult to choose only one. So I chose two. I’m the exact same way with books. Likewise, there’s so much to love about individual groups, let alone people, that it’s hard to commit to being friends with only one group.

So I befriend a lot of people.

As I’ve grown, I’ve been told that I’m a good listener. Maybe. I don’t know. I’d like to think so, but I’m honestly too biased to ever really discover if there’s any truth in that claim. I know I genuinely enjoy hearing from people that have completely different backgrounds from me. It makes life more interesting when I have a diverse point of view (POV) to look from. Maybe that’s why so many books seem to have POV character shifts, because sometimes one perspective just isn’t enough.

With all this in mind, I think it’s important to be approachable to all audiences. And although I started this blog with the full intention of writing for myself, I’m not immune to the comments of the rest of the cyber world at large. Therefore, I think it’s only appropriate that I make myself available to all people wanting to read, laugh, or debate about what I have to say. As a result, I’ve made a Blogspot address. It can be found at

It’s virtually the same as my WordPress blog, but more convenient for those already associated with Blogspot.

My only hope is that more people will want to share in my experiences as a writer.

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