On this blog, author Leanne (Willetts) Dyck reviews books, shares her short stories, offers online author readings, and comments on her author journey. Leanne writes for adults and children. Her long-term goal (five years) is to be published by a large, established publishing house. Her short goal (one year) is to earn one million page views for this blog. Please help nurture this blog by visiting and sharing.
In 2009, my husband and I left Mayne Island to attend a magazine launch in Victoria so that I, as one of the contributing authors, could read Because She Believed In Me. This is my short story about that adventure.
It’s not my first reading, I
thought as we hunted for seats. It’s not even the first time I’ve read
off-island. Byron found two chairs but rows separated them. I shook my head
and mouthed, “no.” But it is the first time I’ve read to this many writers. We
claimed two chairs—they were in the middle of the second row. And they’ll
all judging me. I grabbed Byron’s hand and held on tight. I’m not
nervous. I’m not nervous. I’ll be fine. I’ll be fine.
One of the women I had talked to earlier spoke
into the microphone. “On behalf of the Victoria Writers Society, I’d like to
welcome everyone here tonight. And I’m sure all of the writers, who will soon
be readers, are glad you came as well. Just a reminder, each reader has five
minutes. Five minutes. Please respect the audience and your fellow writers and
keep to this time limit. Now without further delay I’d like to invite…” Reader
after reader took the stage. I can’t
even hear him. She should look up more. I can do much better than that. When
will it be my turn? We’re only supposed to read for five minutes. She’s
talking much longer. Someone should say something. I envisioned a large
hook and chuckled to myself. It wasn’t nice—and I was a little ashamed of
myself, but… I need to read. I n-e-e-d to r-e-a-d. Mayne Island Fall Fair Parade 2013...
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