A bit of an update:
The King’s Speech was released earlier this year and opened up an opportunity for those of us who stutter to have a real conversation with the public, one we, perhaps, haven’t had before. On the heels of the movie and before the Oscar’s took place, I wrote a piece about the myths I thought were perpetuated through the film and where I thought we were actually moving the discussion backwards. I was lucky enough to have my article picked up by The Time’s Union. If you’re interested in reading it, it’s entitled The king and us, myth and all and is accessible on the TU Web site.
Also worth noting, if you’re local to Troy, NY,I’ll be doing a reading of that piece for Troy Night Out (TNO Facebook page), reading aloud and then answering questions about my process writing it and, I believe, what goes into writing memoir as a whole. That’s taking place Friday, March 25 at 7pm at the Art’s Center of the Capital Region. Do stop by, if you can. A few of my classmates will be reading pieces they’ve written and they’re going to be fantastic.
Other than that, with busines and life settling down, expect posts more frequently over here, though perhaps not as polished as the ones previously posted. We’ll see.
Stay tuned. 😉
The reading was great. You were poised and comfortable. I had tears rolling my down my face as I listened. I am glad you did not look over at me!In fact, I was really glad I had got there early – I arrived around 6:15, and caught a few of the short-story pieces.But all of the memoir pieces were terrific, I was really rather overwhelmed with how poignant all of them were – profoundly personal, much more powerful heard than simply read. Every one of them resonated with me – my mom and sister are both alcoholics, have depression and bi-polar in my family, my dad was abusive, and much of my life story has been left unsaid. So these wonderful, important stories were incredibly meaningful to me. I was so glad iwas there tonight! 🙂
I’m so glad you enjoyed all the readings. It’s one of the reasons I love that class so much – the content people come up with is just extraordinary. Some people make you bust out laughing and others just hit really close to home.I was really comfortable with how the reading went and was surprised at how not nervous I was. I was talking to one of the folks who attended earlier who also commented that I looked totally in my element and fine. I told her it’s probably a lot easier for me as a person who stutters – I know I’m going to stutter and that I can’t control it. It sort of takes the pressure off. 🙂
Bravo – using the stuttering to your advantage! One step closer to other talks with different audiences, right? 🙂