Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Stepping Out of the Shadows

Just signed up to read at the open mic on Thursday at lunch. Truthfully, I'm not sure I'll follow through but had to sign up if I wanted the option. I can mark myself off just as easily as I wrote myself on.

A surprising thing happened during my turn in the barrel the other day: people laughed out loud. At the right places. And they remarked several times on the irony of my stories. I'd like to hear people laugh out loud at the things I find funny. I hope my courage remains intact.

The readings are held on the patio after lunch each day. People sit around under ancient trees and brilliant blue skies, drinking coffee, eating fabulous desserts, and listening to writers read. I imagine heaven to be much like this.

To be more accurate, being part of the audience is heavenly. Reading? That's another matter, and one located somewhat south of heaven. Still, I'm challenging myself to do this thing and so far, I seem to be rising to the challenge.

9 comments:

Carrie Wilson Link said...

Wow! I just got all caught up on your amazing journey! So proud of you! You TOTALLY have to do the open mic thing! You're a natural! I'm so proud of you for doing what scares you! That's hero stuff you're doing!

Mystic Wing said...

Atta girl! I agree with Carrie——you're a natural at public speaking and this will be a very good experience for you.

Michelle O'Neil said...

Awesome Jerri! You totally have to do it.

Leap!

They will love you.

Jess said...

Yep. Just do it. It'll be great. Tell us all about it.

kario said...

What a stud! How can they not love you?

Go Mama said...

So who's the courageous one now? You got the boot mojo AND the writing chops, girl.

Go on...wybas!

(wit yo bad ass self)

Proud of you....there's such freedom (and power) in going for it.

holly said...

Do it. Do it. Do it.

You can. You can. You can!

Nancy said...

What a great opportunity and it sounds like heaven to me! (the audience part) How could they not laugh out loud at the right places?? You are spot on!

riversgrace said...

Ok, so you've done it by now, right? How great that you allow yourself the freedom to participate fully.