A couple of weeks ago I had the chance to share some of Transmissions with the public. It was kind of a dry run to see how it would be received. And it was also a bit of a local publicity stunt, I’ll admit.
It’s been a while since I’ve spoken or read anything in public, so it’s fair to say that I was pretty nervous. I won’t deny it. But more than that, I was totally excited. I mean, I felt a little like Carrie Bradshaw, sharing part of my book with the world. The location was hipster-cool, a little dark. There was wine, there were donuts and coffee. Well, here’s a shot of the room (that’s yours truly at the microphone):
Photo by Ellie G
We all took turns sharing our bits of writing, and I’m very pleased to report that Transmissions was very well-received. That night it transcended age, gender, and all other demarcations of difference between audience members. There was laughter, and several comments afterwards about how I had practically described parts of people’s lives in the segment I read. I was humbled.
The amount of creativity flowing through that room was overwhelming too. One guy read poems that were more like long run-on sentences. Another recited performance poetry inspired from Psalms 1. Still another writer shared her short story about an abandoned grocery store, and there was even a guitar present in another segment. It was an absolutely fun night.
Here’s another great photo by the fabulous Ellie. You can find her page here
Photo by Ellie G.
Yep, that’s me up there. The night was also pretty significant for me because it was the night (ironically) when I realized that the dear friend who came to cheer me on (and laugh at my writing antics) was more than a friend…he realized it about an hour after I did. I am proof that when you’re looking in one direction for something, it sort of just finds you where you least expect it from a completely different direction. Well, let’s be honest, I’m proof of a lot of things, but we won’t talk about that here.
At any rate, I’m busting through the last bit of my edits this week and I hope to get Transmissions published for Kindle, Nook, and in other digital formats soon.