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Another Reason Why Doing Readings Flummoxes Me aka Come to GA Tech and See Me Titter and Turn Bright

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Minor change in logistics for tomorrow’s reading at the GA Tech SF Symposium. I’ll have a little less time than I initially figured, and I’m not sure if I’ll be able to get through all of “The Archer of the Sun and the Lady of the Moon.” So rather than trying to rush through it, I decided instead to read the first chapters of “Sinner, Baker, Fabulist, Priest; Red Mask, Black Mask, Gentleman, Beast.” Also, it seems more fitting to read actual, y’know, science fiction at a symposium on science fiction (versus fantasy).

Did a practice run last night to check my timing and pacing, and it occurred to me that I’ve never done a reading of any of my non-G-rated works before. The opening chapter of “Sinner” has sex, violence, murder, and expletives in it. And now I’m wondering if I can get through it without turning bright red and teeheeing like a schoolgirl.

So yeah, the rather aggressive butterflies I was sporting in my stomach have become mutant hippopotami.


Originally published at EugieFoster.com. You can comment here or there.

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On November 16th, 2011 06:45 pm (UTC), threeoutside commented:
It's all just words, honey.
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On November 16th, 2011 06:50 pm (UTC), eugie replied:
I know, I know. But I'm on much better terms with the ones made of ink or pixels than the ones made with sounds.
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On November 16th, 2011 06:57 pm (UTC), threeoutside replied:
Yup, me too. In that I'm eloquent on the page and a tongue-tied dithy-windle when I try to talk. ESPECIALLY if I'm trying to sound smart. Argh.
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On November 16th, 2011 07:07 pm (UTC), eugie replied:
Yep, yep. That's the worst. I typically end up flailing my hands helplessly as I grope for a word, or spouting such erudite sentences as, "It's like that thingy when, y'know, there's stuff and things..."
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On November 17th, 2011 10:53 am (UTC), ich_bin_die_ruh commented:
Potentially obscure reference to British history and culture
Don't let Mary Whitehouse win if it's relevant to the story (which in this case it is).
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