My biggest fears about going to a convention as an author – which isn’t going to happen any time soon, but it’s always at the back of my mind when someone asks if I’m going – are readings. The idea of taking my book, standing in front of a group of people and reading words I wrote terrifies me. Terrifies me.

When I was in high school, I was in drama. I could perform in front of a class, and I performed on stage (some thought I was the definitive Mr. Fezziwig in A Christmas Carol. They were all related to me, but it still counts <g>). But senior year, I remember having to read an oral report in English class. I could barely get through it. When I sat back down, my friend said he thought I was going to pass out. Pale, shaking, nervous… yeah.

If I ever do go to a convention, I may just hire someone to do the readings for me. I wonder how much Teryl Rothery would charge…? <g>

Lastly, two questions from Feral. She gave me a whole list, but I decided to just answer two because my other answers were too boring (“Don’t know,” “don’t drink,” etc ;-D). So! Her first question: You can have only one book in the world to read for the rest of your years. what book? Ideally, a book of short stories. That’s the most bang for your buck. But if I have to be specific, I would say The Time-Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger. It’s a brilliant novel and I try to reread it at least once a year. So I think that one would definitely be one of my top picks.

Her second question: What can one possibly float in jello that makes it worth eating? I personally feel that Jell-O is always worth eating. But fruit is always a good choice. I don’t know what kind it is… I can practically taste it right now, but I fail at identifying it. Not pineapple… a lot of people insist on putting pineapple on stuff like pizza and cottage cheese and I say NO. ~wags finger~ But yeah, I’m of little help because I like Jell-O too much by itself to be a good judge on how to improve it. 😀

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