I've been rather busy writing posts for Freesized and Zusterschap, but thought I'd add a quick catch up post.
It was an interesting week, starting with Talking Tales on Monday 17th August. It was our third event and we still managed to draw quite a crowd despite it being August; a time when people may have been somewhere exotic or acting cool at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival instead. We had a great night with some regular readers and some newbies. You can read the full round-up here.
I was the compère, which in all honesty wasn't great. It's a lot of responsibility being a compère, you've got to pay attention, be around when people finish their stories to go and introduce the next instead of being blind drunk at the bar. I was also nearly losing my voice, which didn't help.
Compèring is a very different experience to performing a story. With a story, you just read and people listen, sometimes they laugh, then you relax and enjoy the rest. As a compère there's more pressure to be entertaining, to hold the show together, and I don't think my ranty-chuntery-so-bad-it's-good approach worked so well. It didn't seem to actually cross over into the 'good' part. Ah well, you live and learn. We can't be good at everything, right? I already have enough to practice with novel editing, screenwriting, story writing and blogging at the moment, so that's where I'd best focus my attention I'd say.
Show and Tell was on Thursday, and the theme was 'below the line internet comments', something I'd been researching on and off for a few weeks. I presented a funny-in-a-depressing-sorta-way case against Roosh V - the 'pick up artiste' who has recently been in the news for a) pissing off Canada and b) for his 'Bang' books - supposedly advice for men on how to pick up girls, when really they're misogynistic, racist, pro-rape propaganda. I have A LOT more to write about this, which I hope to post on Freesized. Follow me on Twitter for updates @MCiavucco.
So what's next? Let Me Tell You a Story, Jack are having a birthday bonanza in September, so I'll be heading to that. Until then, I'll be trying to get back to my screenplay, plus I'm adapting my story 'Wonder Woman's Birthday Party' into a short film, and I'm sure there will also be a healthy dose of ranty blog posts too.