Last night was joyfulicious. My first reading, really (if you don’t count “coffee house night” in my dorm, freshman year of college, dressed in black reading poetry I’d written in high school…heh).
I went last, after Matt Cav and Professor Arturo, both wonderful readers and writers, both so different from each other and from me (hooray for variety!).
The podium successfully hid my shaking legs, which stopped trembling somewhere around page 5 of 9. I really enjoyed performing. It’s one thing to sit alone and write (also, a joy; also, torture– but we love pain, don’t we?). It’s another to get to share your work with a responsive crowd and really get into the voices of your characters as you’ve envisioned them, get into the rhythm and intonation, take the appropriate pauses, make eye contact with and funny faces at perfect strangers.
I’m looking forward to reading again. I’ve created a mailing list for future readings and publications. If you’d like to join, just enter your email address in the sidebar. I promise not to flood your mailbox.