Did my first public reading today. The Dordt Writes series smack in the middle of the Dordt library. I think it went well; I read a bit from A Pretty Good Gig and then I played the song that shows up in the story. It’s actually the only story in the collection that has a song worked directly into the text. Singing in the library was a smidge strange, but I’m aware that its easier to sell songs than stories. Or rather songs are a good gateway drug to stories. As opposed to the other way around.

The hard part? Eye contact. I can do it in a conversation, in the classroom, but not playing songs in front of a smallish crowd. What’s the deal?

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