Last nights sophomore effort of The Needle Exchange was my first experience reading prose aloud to a live audience. I read comix out loud once at Co/mix De/code [http://www.artbabe.com/comixdecode/], so I had a fairly good idea of what to expect, but reading excerpts of my upcoming book, Post-Disaster Adventure Chronicles, made me nervous. It was weird relying on the power of text alone but reading "Breathe" and "Master Plan" gave me insight for setting vocal pace and vibing off listeners reaction. Admittedly, my choices were dramatic with little room for audience chuckles and sighs, but I dug holding court and sharing slices of life. I have newfound respect for my writer pals digitante and Jonathan Ames, etc., who do this on a regular basis. It brings a whole new set of performance tools I rarely flex.
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