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Starting the conversation

I’ve resisted formal blogging for years now; the problem is and has always been that my interests are so diverse that I find it impossible to pick just one. I’m all over the Internet in other ways – Twitter and my website, various communities, and a long trail of performance websites with photos of me doing silly things onstage.

But in the past year, I’ve found myself with a growing desire to establish a conversation with others about these various topics. In particular, I began serving on the board of directors for a nonprofit organization called IGNITE – we are passionate about going into schools and giving young girls strong female role models in science and technology careers. I’ve also begun speaking on related topics – in February I spoke at Interaction ’11 and was overwhelmed by the genuine interest and debate that followed that talk. But I had no way to continue that conversation after the conference, save for cramped messages on Twitter.

With that in mind, I’m giving in and starting a formal blog on the off chance that the Internet hasn’t heard enough of me. Many of my posts will focus on the subjects of  user experience design and the fight to interest more young women in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) careers. But I’ll also be covering some of my acting experiences and projects, and perhaps the occasional game.

The blog title, “twenty-sided woman”, is a reference to both my diverse interests and the “twenty-sided dice” so critical to Dungeons and Dragons. Which I finally played for the first time last fall, completing a major missing piece of my geek education.

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