Well, for one, my magic is priceless, and people do not believe it when I tell them anyway. Beyond this, I find that everyone’s definition of magic is different.
Some people think magic is spells; some think it is lucid dreaming; some think it is creating a highly advanced piece of machinery; some think magic is illusionism; others believe magic is sorcery.
Since introducing myself is a requirement for you to interview me as a “fit” for the community, I see it as ill conceived and backwards to believe that it is my job to tell you what I have to offer when the reality is that your community is here to tell new arrivals what they are coming into, and what is expected of them.
I am interested in magic in all of its forms. How could I possibly go rambling on about the vast world of magic to an entire room of highly diversified people with a pre-existing culture on such a subjective topic?
That feels like an interrogation, as if I am being dangled around like a show-horse to decide whether you want what is mine or not. Surely you have pre-conceived notions about what you want from me, so by all means tell me what qualifies for “magic” so that I can at least see if I can hit it off with anyone.
If your expectations are always that: “You’re a newbie, you get to be a show horse and tell us all about yourself so we can judge you,” rather than, “we are a community so let’s introduce ourselves that we can connect and help you open up”—then surely you have a very narrow mind about introversion & extroversion, and how ice breaking should and should not work.
I play with magic; I have an exclusive book written by an archangel I have spoken with. That is introductory enough. I am not going to go revealing the deepest darkest secrets of power to be spat on, told I am stupid, not good enough, my magic is fake, I am a fraud, nobody cares, and endure seething rejection just because you’d like to evaluate newcomers like they’re pieces of meat.
Surely if you’re going to be hanging upside down stars and using the word “Darkest” in your name, then by now you know the value of discretion—so either you don’t, or you’ve taken me for a fool.