reading, the novel and such

I promised Snow an account of the reading I did tonight . . .


Tonight I gave a reading at a local bookstore, Second Story Books. (If you click on the gallery, there’s a shot of the salon, where I did my reading.)

Different people have different criteria for what makes a successful reading. For me, it’s pretty basic.

A) People showed up. Seriously — it’s one of my biggest fears — that no one shows up. So people showed up, about 20 in fact. That was good.

B) Not everyone who showed up was either related to me or even known to me. This is always a bonus — new people!

C) People bought books. Not just my friends, but the new people, people who didn’t know me and had never heard me read before tonight bought books. This was a very good thing.

D) People seemed to enjoy the reading — they didn’t boo, throw things, or leave partway through. I did a whole series of short pieces — two or three from every book (along with that talky history of the place and time period and geeky stuff that I tend to go on and on about.) People didn’t get restless until the last piece, and even I knew that I’d chosen the wrong thing to read about halfway through. It was interesting but didn’t have enough dynamic tension. (And I suppose that’s another post at some point, the fine art of selecting what to read.)

All in all, I think it was a success. I was nervous and anxious beforehand, but once I got there, I was “on” as it were, and didn’t really have any room left over for nervousness, not in the face of being a professional writer with her audience. Plus, I did a lot of theatre, as well as debate, when I was a kid, so speaking in front of people isn’t that much of an ordeal.

Now, of course, I’m completely exhausted. Still decompressing. I have “December” by George Winston playing, tea and chocolate. (And a whiny little cat, but that’s another story.)

I actually wrote Thursday morning, not this morning (Friday.) It was a bit slower going, but I think that was kind of necessary — too many things to envision to go fast, too many sounds and smells I needed to incorporate.

The writing groove is, well, still grooving. Tomorrow morning I’m going to take myself to the coffee shop and finish this chapter, then I’m going to start on the rewrites. I need to get this chunk of the novel to my agent, so she can send it to my editor. I’m still in a really good place with my writing, still full of joy with it. There’s a part of me that’s still waiting for that other shoe to drop, for it to disappear. I’m hoping it won’t, not for a while. Maybe not for a long while.

Comments (4)

  1. Hey-just wanted to say that Jaguar and Wolf is great!! I’m almost done, and I’m enjoying it so much–the imagery, the exploration of godhood, the uniqueness of the voices…Hen hao! 🙂 Have a wonderful time at WisCon–see you at Dragon*Con?

  2. Hey-just wanted to say that Jaguar and Wolf is great!! I’m almost done, and I’m enjoying it so much–the imagery, the exploration of godhood, the uniqueness of the voices…Hen hao! 🙂 Have a wonderful time at WisCon–see you at Dragon*Con?

  3. Good to hear that ‘Jaguar and Wolf’ is out. Will you have copies at WisCon?

    I got my sci-fi book finished last weekend (again) and have been re-working my Irish book from last year’s WisCon workshop.

  4. Good to hear that ‘Jaguar and Wolf’ is out. Will you have copies at WisCon?

    I got my sci-fi book finished last weekend (again) and have been re-working my Irish book from last year’s WisCon workshop.

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