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.

Summer Writing Schedule

One of the problems with having such an active little monkey brain as I do is that I am almost constantly overwhelmed by shiny new ideas for stories and projects, occasionally to the detriment of the projects I’m already working on.  A few weeks ago I made a summer writing schedule, and I did my absolute bestest to scale back my ambitions to a more reasonable scope than can usually compass them.

Guess how that worked out. Continue reading “Summer Writing Schedule”

Welcome to the Soft Apocalypse

As part of my ongoing plan to achieve world domination, or at least some small recognition as a writer of fictions and other things, I’ve created this spiffy new website and blog.

As time goes by, I’ll be filling it up with all sorts of wonderful things, writing about writing and the writer’s life, pimping my work wherever it appears, and even posting stories and novel excerpts for you to read without having to pay any money for them.

Lots of interesting things on the horizon, including a reading with my writers’ group Horrific Miscue, at Seattle’s Inner Chapters Bookstore Cafe on June 30th (a benefit for victims of the Japanese earthquake), and the 2011 Clarion Write-a-thon, where I’ll spend the six weeks of the Clarion Writers’ Workshop writing a novella/short novel called The Victorius Revolution and hopefully raising a couple of bucks for the workshop, which like so many good and worthwhile things is chronically short on funding to carry out its mission.

There will, of course, be much more to come, and I expect I’ll be posting about all of the things I’ve just mentioned much more extensively soon.  But for now, welcome to the Soft Apocalypse, and I hope to see you here again many times as time goes by.