The nice thing about doing pieces for public radio is that I can casually stroll into the studio with a warm cup of coffee and, if I were so inclined, nothing else. While the sound engineer would probably appreciate it if I at least wore pants, technically there’s nothing about them in my contract.
It’s a fantastic gig.
Reading in front of an audience is another story altogether — especially when you’re reading a piece about crippling shyness. But I had the fantastic opportunity to give one of the readings during the community keynote speech at the recent BlogHer conference in Chicago. And I wasn’t going to pass it up. And it felt wonderful. If I ever find myself gainfully employed again, this is exactly what I’d like to do: Write things and read them to people.
Exciting, I know.
Just please don’t give me grief about what Dana has come to refer to as my “trucker outfit” — when you’re reading in front of that many people, you have to wear what makes you A. comfortable, and B. less shiny on a 50-foot screen. Did I mention the 50-foot screen? There were actually two of them — and they. were. enormous.
The first video was done by a very kind person with a handheld and misses about two words in the very beginning, while the one below was done by the official BlogHer crew. My bit comes in at the 31:20 mark, but if you have time, I’d definitely watch the whole thing. It is filled with so many incredibly amazing writers that it still makes me cringe to think I shared a stage with them. Or you can just skip to the very end and watch as I launch free children’s T-shirts into the crowd.