My Story On Stage — SOLSC 3

I am proud to announce that I am part of the New York City line up for this year’s Listen to Your Mother reading! I was so nervous about auditioning, and I didn’t finish my audition story until the moment before I had to leave for the studio. Crazy. I’m lucky I had a story at all. I had weeks to write something, but could think of not one story to tell. Yes, that’s even more crazy than my last-minute finish. I have only about 600,000³ stories, many of them about my mother. Couldn’t think of anything. And partly that’s because I had to tell a five-minute story. There are few things I’m able to do in just five minutes, and talking about my mother is definitely not one of them.

Or so I thought! Thanks to a lunch conversation with on of my coworkers, I had an idea. I wrestled it into a five-minute box and off I went to audition … where a strange thing happened: I was nervous about reading, but I felt entirely calm about my story. Dare I say that I felt … confident? As soon as I finished the first paragraph, I knew.

Where did that come from? This story (which I’ll post after the reading) isn’t the best thing I’ve ever written. It hadn’t even been revised when I auditioned with it. A first draft is pretty much never going to be the best thing I’ve ever written. But still, I was completely certain of that story, certain it would land me in the cast.

I’ve been trying to puzzle out that “I got this” feeling ever since the audition. I’m not looking to become America’s Cockiest Girl or anything, but it would be nice to set aside the Poster Child for Low Self-Esteem mantle every now and then. Even more amazing would be to have this feeling about my writing on a consistent basis. Imagine how much work I’d submit!

While I keep trying to figure myself out, please consider coming out for the LTYM reading. It would be so great to get to meet you in person! If you’re not in New York, check the LTYM website, there may be a reading near you!


It’s Slice of Life time! Head over to Two Writing Teachers to see what the rest of the slicers are up to … and to post the link to your own slice!

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15 thoughts on “My Story On Stage — SOLSC 3

  1. Good for you for finding your story and feeling proud of how it turned out! I know that 5-minute box would be really tough for me too. You’ve made me so curious to read the eventual story. Please let us know how the reading goes! Your confidence isn’t a mistake or a sign of bragging. It shows that you are truly OWNING your words and ideas. Break many legs 🙂

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    1. Thanks, Anne! I found out this morning that one of my writer friends in California is auditioning for the LA show tomorrow! So cool to think of folks all over the country participating in this storytelling project! Thank you for stopping by my blog!

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  2. This is great! But of course not surprising to me. I know how good you are, and I am glad you are beginning to feel it, too. I will certainly be at the reading. Looking forward to hearing and reading your story.

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    1. “You will need a new mantle now.”

      Oh, I so want that to be true, Pamela. Sometimes it feels true. I definitely seem to be coming to a place where I feel much more confident about my writing, so maybe it is time to go mantle shopping?

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  3. Hooray you!!! I wish I could be at your reading — I bet it will be all kinds of amazing. 🙂 And I love those moments when a story just rises up out of chance conversations, like it was waiting for you to find it and tell it. ❤

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    1. Thanks, my friend! (Oh, and when I said “standing writing date” in my other comment, I mean one in which we do some writing in addition to hanging out and enjoying each other’s company! 🙂 )

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