Alright. I made it through my first reading and it really wasn’t that bad. Yes, I was pretty nervous but once I got to the bookstore and realized it was a really small group of people, I relaxed a lot. Although, the car ride to the bookstore nearly did me in. One of my best friends sent me a naughty pic of a really hot Brit, and, unfortunately, there was one naughty thought that went through my brain, and cue the giggles. Thanks Laura! Really. Honestly, I was expecting that from Michelle, but NOOOOO! It was Laura’s fault. Thanks, babe! Just wait until I get to Chicago in June. Paybacks are hell.
There really were not that many people, and my brain rationalized it as these were people who wanted to be there and who were there to support the writers. I do want to say thanks to my friend CJ for coming out. Next time, girl, you are going to read, too. I met some new people and they are all very talented writers and thinkers. There was Jenn Monty who blogs at the Brewed Bohemian, and she read two absolutely incredible short stories. My favorite is The Lion Tamer. I don’t think I will ever forget that one. I read before her, and then she went up and afterwards when we were talking we were both going, “my stuff’s crap, I wish I could write like that.” Jenn was awesome and I’m glad I went and got to meet her. Then there was William Ledbetter who read a couple of stories that were published in a couple of anthologies. He is a very nice man and his stories were very good. They are science fiction mixed with some horror and he stopped reading his second story just when it was starting to get good. Come on William! That was so wrong to do to us! Another lady who read was Darwin Prophet, or DC as her friend who came to see her called her. Darwin is actually a singer. She’s an eclectic soul with a lovely spirit and voice. Darwin is a singer but the bookstore would not allow a live performance so Darwin instead read the Facebook status posts she writes. Now, its not what you think. She writes incredible prosetry as she calls it. They were gorgeous. Why waste your Facebook status with pics of food when you can read inspirational and beautiful writing? I loved it Darwin. Then, a big thank you to Larry Atchley, Jr. who put it all together and read as well. His website is listed to the left in my blog links.
I do have some pictures but unfortunately my cameraman didn’t take many pics of the event. So, I have just a few, and please be kind-I hate having my picture taken and I think I’m not very photogenic. Honestly, I’m so much better in person.
I read four or five of my poems and one short story. My favorite part of the evening was when it was close to ending and Darwin was reading it was decided she should go ahead and sing something just to spite the store. She had no accompaniment, and was fantastic. Thanks Darwin! Overall, even though the group was small, I think it was a good start for me, and the smallness of the group helped me feel more comfortable.
I do have a video link of my reading which you can watch here. Next time I am going to try to remember to smile more. Also, make sure the camera angle is better. Just know that as you watch it, I am going to be cringing here at my desk pretending that video doesn’t exist at all. But, it is a comfort zone thing, so you get the video because I’m just stubborn that way. Just be kind, ok? That was a really hard thing for me to do. Thanks everyone for your support. It did help and meant a lot to me. Y’all are awesome!
My Reading March 19, 2014 (This is a Youtube link. The video is unlisted. Please let me know if you have any trouble viewing it so I can take care of any problem with it. Thanks!)