I just got back from the open mic at the Henry Art Museum, but better than that, I convinced a good buddy of mine, Acey, to come with me. We hung out with some kids in the cafe, they all brought their notebooks with poems, their guitars; I brought my short story “Tall People”.
Right here should be the video I was going to record, me reading “Tall People” in public for the first time, but fate had other plans. I asked Acey to familiarize himself with the camera, we were borrowing it from my friend Chad, and I wanted to make sure there were no hick ups. He slides in the tape, which cost me $10 from Radioshack (rip off), and after a second of fiddling with it he looks over at me and says, “I put the tape in backwards, yeah, it’s jammed.” I didn’t get the tape out till just a few minutes ago. So there is no video. Perhaps next time.
I read the story and I only stuttered two or three times, which I was proud of. As I was leaving the open mic, a girl took me to the side and briefly introduced me to the editor of some magazine. They told me to submit the piece and it will be published, so I sent it in, and now heres to crossing our fingers that they go through with it. I also submitted another short story of mine which is part of a series of stories called “The Cowboy Grim Reaper: in The Face of Death”. It is my tale of a soldier who is nick named “The Cowboy Grim Reaper”, but I won’t go into specifics. Once it’s published you can read it.
After the Open Mic, Acey and I headed down to Flowers where we drank a glass of Hendrick’s Gin, which I maintain is the best Gin out there and thus the best alcohol, and munched on a hummus plate. I just have to say, if you live in the Seattle area, be sure to check out Flowers, great food, fantastic drink selection, everything a starving artist could want.
Finally, I have decided not to post any of my work in its written form until it has been published. However, video of me at readings, or recordings I will post. This way I can still, hopefully, get paid for some of my stories without them being “previously published”. Yes, that’s lame, but when you drive a car with a missing window and stolen stereo, and can’t afford to get replacements you’ll understand. However, in the coming months, I’m going to try to flood this blog with content if I can. In fact, right now I’m going upload a few recordings.