Reading Out Loud in Front of People

So, first and foremost, I think all involved agreed that last night’s Benefictions reading for victims of the Japanese earthquake/tsunami was a rousing success.  We raised over $250, which will go to the Red Cross’ Japanese Earthquake Fund, and we had fun and looked good doing it.

Mad props and special thanks to Kristina for hosting us (at Inner Chapters Bookstore Cafe), to Caren for MCing and impromptu biographizing, and to Rob and Felix for donating their time, equipment, and audiovisual expertise.

Speaking of which, there will be video of the event, for those who couldn’t make it due to constraints of time, distance, or eddies in the space-time continuum.  More details as events warrant, but I’m told the raw footage looks good.

As for my own personal experience, the judicious application of nerve tonic kept things from being too overwhelming, but there was a definite sensation of heat enveloping me from the neck up and time did some funny things while I was up there (namely, stretching out towards eternity in the moment and then shrinking to an eyeblink after it was all over).  But I had fun doing it, and will gladly do it again.  Which is good, since I think reading out loud in front of people is probably part and parcel of being a writer these days.

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