Masters tales

Reading…

I read a lot, but it’s not that sort of reading that is bothering me. Instead it’s the getting-up-and-reading-from-your-own-book that is the problem.

This is me doing a reading at the Aberystwyth Chinwag, at the Arts Center. I was reading from ‘The Phantom Horse’ and I did fairly well. But somehow it is different this time. People are asking if there are any readings booked for the publication of ‘Love Just Is’. And the truth of the mater is – no.

My publisher is based in Australia and I’m in Wales, and the launch is in Vienna (I’m not going – I don’t have a passport. It is on my to do list.). But I am wondering if I ought to book one myself. It scares me though. I don’t mind reading when there are other people there but when you are alone… That is a different matter.

I also have an issue with people expecting it. I feel like I’m being forced into a corner. Give me time though and I’ll get used to the idea. Everything will be fine. And I may even book a reading – somewhere…

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6 thoughts on “Reading…

  1. You are a brave person. I’m petrified of having to read my work in public. What if someone boos me? What if my lisp takes that time to be super in your face? Yea… You have a great amount of courage. I’m proud of you.

    1. Thanks. I’m still not certain I can do a reading when it’s only my stuff. At the Chinwag everyone has a go and there are about fifteen people with something to read. It makes it easier. You should find one near you and have a go. Or just go and listen so you know what it’s like. 🙂

      1. I was about to say – that’s far – until I realised that’s how far I travel to get to Aberystwyth… 🙂 But then I am very rural and not close to anything. I got used to it ages ago and don’t think anything of it now.

        I hope you find somewhere if you want to give it a go. x

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