Tomorrow night, Thursday Jan 13 at 6:00, I will be reading a short story at the UW sponsored open mic called The Monthly Quorum located at the Henry Art Gallery Cafe. If you somehow become a reader before then, which is unlikely because I opened the site last night in a half asleep waking dream, you should stop by, listen to me stutter and say “Hi”. I promise, if you buy me a drink I will be very pleasant.
While this will not be my first open mic, it will be my first where I read a short story (The Monthly Quorum leans toward story and poetry readings rather than music, though they let you play music too. That is, I assume it is leaning toward stories and poetry, I’ve never been before. What if its not? What if you read this, show up, watch a bunch of Folk singers, and here I am shrugging and shaking my head. Well, then you’d definately better buy me a drink.) I’ve been to a bunch of open mics in the past where I sang my own particular brand of ‘muzak’ even though I’m not that great of a singer. I still had some kid ask me for his autograph, so I signed a beer stained napkin, winked and said “here’s lookin’ at you kid”. I am prone to embellishment, by the way. It’s all right though, I’m a writer.
I plan on reading my short story “Tall People” because it has served me well in the past (I showed it to a director and he asked me to adapt it into a script for him. The movie will be in production next month I think.). It has a very hopeful atmosphere about the whole story, but it turns very dark at the end, so I am curious to see how people react. I’m sure someone will be pissed, but I’ve been practicing my Mauy Thai after watching Ong-Bak and Human Weapon, in other words I hop through the air flailing my arms and legs when nobodies watching.
So, hope to see you there, but it’ll be a miracle if I do. Either way, wish me luck. When I do this professionally I swear I’ll bring my own recliner…