Thursday, October 9, 2008

Like Harrison Ford I'm Getting Frantic


Okay, maybe not frantic. But, I have to admit, I'm a little nervous. In one week, I'm going to be reading my story (slightly abridged) This Just In, from the book Tasting Him at In The Flesh Reading Series.

My nerves exist on several levels. I'm going to be reading with some great, great writers. I'm still relatively new to all this, so I'm feeling a little intimidated. Public speaking doesn't really scare me. It never has. But, for some reason, I'm finding myself more scared than I thought I would be. Despite my practice and all the reassurances from people in my life, I'm feeling some butterflies. I just don't want to make a fool out of myself in front of people I respect and like. I really want this to go well.

I was feeling good about the whole thing when the date was still far enough away. But, now it's seven days. One week. That is kinda close. And, now the insecurities are brewing. So, I'm just going to keep practicing and try not to worry. It is also nice that I'm going to be meeting up with some of my fellow readers and other writers beforehand. Maybe they can help talk me down from my metaphorical ledge.

If all else fails, a few drinks might just do the trick.

5 comments:

kathrynoh said...

Good luck, I'm sure you'll wow them :D

Neve Black said...

Ahhh...Virgo girl. You're amongst friends. Just try and have fun and you will surely knock em' dead.

Otherwise, if all else fails, I think you're supposed to imagine everyone is stripped down to just their underwear? Big smile. :-)

Heidi Champa said...

Thanks for the vote of confidence guys. I really appreciate it.

Rachel said...

Heidi, I can promise you everyone gets nervous. Even NYT bestselling authors and other experienced readers. Even me; I actually hate reading, but the good news is, it's over fast and then you can have chocolate and cupcakes! And I promise, people will love your story - how could they not?

Jeremy Edwards said...

Looking forward to your GREAT reading!

Otherwise, if all else fails, I think you're supposed to imagine everyone is stripped down to just their underwear?

As you can see from the picture on my blog, I'm a step ahead on that. : )