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!