Last night’s reading at AlsoGoods Gallery was great fun! I had forgotten how much of an adrenaline rush it is to read your own work in front of an audience and get a positive response! My ego definitely needed the boost. I also made new friends and contacts, heard some inspiring pieces by other authors, and got to have instrumental accompaniment to my first story, a horror piece, that I think really increased the Creepy Factor. Now I’m all spoiled and I want musical accompaniment all the time!

Here’s a picture of me reading, courtesy of my friend Christina:

I like this picture because it captures the vastness of the space and also the silliness of my facial expressions. It struck me last night that, for someone who writes horror, I’m awfully goofy.

I’ve had a couple of requests from people for me to post one of the stories I read last night, “It Wants,” a story about IBM’s Watson computer and post-apocalyptic Jeopardy. Yeah. Anyway, people really seemed to enjoy it and want to show it to their friends. I’m super-flattered and I want everyone to be able to read it, but at the same time I don’t want to post it publicly because the minute I do it’s considered “published” and no publisher will want to buy it later.

Originally I decided only to email the story  to anyone who attended the reading, but I changed my mind in the end and posted the story here. Enjoy!

4 thoughts on “Success!

    • Oh – as for giving it away v. working on publishing, you should check out John Scalzi’s blog, or I can put you in touch with two local horror writers who would be happy to discuss the pitfalls inside of the genre with that?

      • Thanks! It looks like Scalzi has a section for works that are available online and portions of ebooks and other promotional items. That’s the kind of thing I’d like to have someday–and I may be posting a portion of a story that’s appearing in an anthology in March as part of the promotion of that anthology. But I guess if it’s going to appear online, I want to be paid for it first, until I’m making enough money that the $25 I’d get from a flash fiction piece isn’t such a big issue anymore. Right now, that’s a lot of money to me! I hope people can understand that though; I’m worried about alienating people who will think I’m a snob. :/

  1. I loved this picture of you too!! I didn’t know what types of pictures you liked so I took closes ups and landscapes. Glad you liked this one!!

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