Some of you might be asking, “So, who is this random guy that keeps making posts about writing like he knows what he’s talking about?”
To which someone else might answer, “I have absolutely no idea.”
“Well, why hasn’t he posted anything about himself? I’m not looking for a biography, but just a bit of information might be nice.”
“I don’t know. Maybe he hasn’t gotten around to it. Maybe he’s shy.”
“More importantly, though, why do you think he’s having a hypothetical conversation with himself? Does he realize it’s weird and a little creepy?”
“I… Well, I have no idea why he’s doing that. I hope he stops soon.”
How do you start a blog post about yourself, I asked myself earlier today. Apparently the conclusion that I came to is that I should be thoroughly strange. I’ve never had a hypothetical conversation with myself out loud or written down before now, I promise.
Welcome to my first ever Me Monday, where I’d like to tell you a little bit about myself. I’m thinking about doing this maybe once a month, to put a bit of a face and personality behind all of these posts about writing and craft. Today I’m just going to answer a few of the most common questions people ask me.
What’s your name? My name is David Ben-Ami. All through high school my friends called me David, but on my very first day of college the first three people I met were all named David and I decided I’d had enough. My friends call me Dave now, with a lot of my closest friends calling me Benami.
Where are you from? I’m from a sleepy little suburb of DC, Rockville, Maryland. When people ask me where I’m from I usually just say DC, and get a little embarrassed when they call me out by asking where in DC I’m from, to which I have to answer, “Oh, I’m actually from…” Right now I’m about to graduate from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee.
What did you want to be growing up? I always wanted to be an NFL running back – a dream I held onto until about fifth grade. I latched onto the dream of becoming a writer in 9th grade and have never let go of it ever since.
What is your favorite book? Harry Potter. If anybody dares say anything other than Harry Potter I’ll flick them on the nose. (The tier right below Harry Potter is littered with books from The Stand and The Shining, to A Song of Ice and Fire – the Game of Thrones series, to The Silence of the Lambs).
What is your favorite movie? Star Wars, although that’s actually six movies. I just can’t stop admiring what an incredible story and universe that series created. But perhaps my favorite thing about it was how they humanized Darth Vader in the form of Anakin Skywalker in the prequel movies. You really understand the choices he made and see the tragedy behind the way he was manipulated. If I had to choose a single movie I’d choose Inglorious Basterds. I took a class on War on Screen last semester, and if you’ve watched that movie less than three times you’re really missing out. I laugh more at that movie every single time I watch it.
What is the most important thing you can tell another person about yourself? I love people. People are great. I love my family and my friends. I love going out with them. I love sitting on the couch watching sports and laughing with the guys. I love the jokes you can start to make when you spend a lot of time over consecutive years with the same people. I love the characters I create. I love the characters I read about even more. I find it hard to write because it’s a solo activity so I spend my time working at it furiously and concentrating hard because I know that once I finish there will be people for me to hang out with outside that I can laugh and have a good time with.
So that’s a little about myself, I hope it wasn’t too boring. I also hope you got a little chuckle out of my semi-crazy conversation with myself at the beginning. Until next time, stay creative.