Well it’s a new month and there are new and exciting things on the horizon. The first of which being my appearance at San Francisco’s monthly literary event, Writers With Drinks on February 11th at the Make Out Room. I’m incredibly flattered to have been invited to perform but I’ll admit too being a little nervous too. It’s not that I lack confidence in my public speaking abilities (I actually think I’m pretty good in that area) it’s just that the people who I will be following aren’t just your normal run of the mill authors. First to take the stage will be Patty Lin, a writer for Desperate Housewives. Danny O’Brian, a columnist for the London Times, will also be performing. I’m honestly excited about meeting both of them and while I’m sure they are both great in front of a crowd I’m not intimidated by the idea of following them. But I am a little nervous about following Brent Weinbach, a very popular local stand-up comic. If I manage to entertain the audience after a comic has had them rolling in the aisles…well that will be a feat. But perhaps the most intimidating of the bunch is Susie Bright, editor of and contributor to Best American Erotica 2006. Seriously, how am I supposed to compete with literary porn?!
The only thing I have going in my favor is that the event starts at 7:30 and I’ll be the last one up, so by the time I take the stage everyone in the audience will have had time to consume several reasonably priced cocktails. I’m much more entertaining when you’re drunk.
So if you are going to be in the San Francisco area on February 11th, or if you can arrange to be, please come out to cheer me on. There’s a $5 cover that will go to support Other Magazine, a periodical that, according to the SF Chronicle, is “upbeat in the face of leftist despair over the global geopolitical situation, vaguely obsessed with sex, gender and bodily functions, technologically savvy and occasionally wonky.” I’m not sure I understand exactly what they mean by all that but it sounds very San Francisco.
Anyway, I honestly hope to see some of you there and, if you do come, introduce yourself. I would love to meet you!
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