And I know that right now some of my friends would be saying "what do you mean it went okay - you were great" - but if I say that lightening will strike or something - right? And it's strange, I feel quite uncomfortable talking about myself, but once you get me started I can't seem to shut up. Hence last night, in the question and answer period after the reading, I blathered on saying "anyway" and "you know" way too much. Ack! I so admire people who can be eloquent on the spot - because I am anything but. (And I'm already feeling quite unsure about posting that photo - but I will anyway)
So, anyway, hehe, the crowd was small - about a dozen folks (sometimes this reading has upwards of forty) - hey, it's summer. But if I am to believe the comments, my reading was well-received. I only stumbled on a few lines, I forced myself to look up at the audience and even braved the dreaded eye-contact-monster. I sold two chapbooks.
The place is a "private" library - members only - but the poetry reading is a member. The room is like walking back into time. I've had a serious "thing" for the card catalog, and so I took a couple of gratuitous images.
This is the lamp over the entrance door with it's anti-pigeon defenses. I took a picture as we were leaving.
Afterwards some of us went to a nearby eatery and had some very good eats - and I had a "Flirtini" on the recommendation of a friend who knows my tastes. It was good. The seafood salad was excellent - shrimp, scallops, calamari and mussels with crisp red onion and peppers in a light vinaigrette. It was late when we got there - past 9:30pm and I don't normally eat that late. But I wanted something because I didn't eat much before. Oh, and I had a piece of the flourless chocolate raspberry cake. Yum.
Then there was a horrendous thunderstorm - the street outside the restaurant was a river. So we bided our time till it passed. Traffic lights were out and it looked like whole blocks were without power. But we got home just fine.
All in all, it was a good evening. And yeah Donna, I'm glad I did it.