Last night’s reading at the Seattle Book Fest was fun.
I surprised myself by getting nervous about three hours before Matt and I spoke. Holly said you couldn’t tell from listening to me, but I don’t see how that’s possible. The good news: I didn’t faint or throw up.
We were talking about flash non-fiction, so I read I Am and Jimi Don’t Play Here No More. I thought my first story, “I Am,” went really well. Halfway through Jimi, I just wanted it to be over.
But I kept reading.
Fortunately for me, Matt was there. What a pro! I’ve attended enough of these panels and workshops to know what’s expected, but each time Matt interjected something helpful, it seemed like a revelation:
“Can everyone hear?” “Is anyone interested in learning where to submit their own flash for publication?”
In the end, it seems like it’s the simple, obvious stuff that makes or breaks a good reading. I am pleased I was able to participate. Once I started writing, it took me a long time to start sending things out for publication, but it was an obvious next step, and one I’m glad I finally took. Now I’ve done my first reading. I just need a book deal (and maybe a groupie) and then I’ll be solid.
All kidding aside, I want to thank Matt Briggs for allowing me to read with him. What a great opportunity.
Thank you, Matt!
I thought you did great. There was a moment sitting next to you where I could see cotton mouth strike, but I don’t think it was too obvious. About three our four years ago I suddenly became really self-conscious in reading in front of the people and sometimes it was like I was trying to speak through a mouth full of sand. Nothing like that happened. Only part of the reading I had issue with was reading my own mundane slice-of-life “against” your stories…
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