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I've been invited to be a panelist at Norwescon, a big sci-fi/fantasy convention. I'm very excited!

One of the questions on the panelist survey is, "Would you like to perform a reading of your original work?" And, hell yes I would!

I'm trying to decide which piece to read - they want to list it in the program. At the moment I'm thinking of my short Dr. Seuss horror pastiche, The Monster in the Hat, because it is written to be read aloud. But the magical realism of Our Lady of the Harbor might go over well with that crowd. What do you all think? Is there something else I've written that you think might fit the definition of 'original work' and would do well with a voice performance in front of a crowd at a convention?

Let me know!

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write_light
Oct. 6th, 2012 07:49 pm (UTC)
They're different lengths, so you'll have to judge the crowd's ability to listen. A parody is recognizable and they'll follow along; original fic may strain them, and you can't rush it like you can a rhyming couplet. The multiple character voices may also be something to consider. How much time do you have to read it? Also, how much SPN fandom is in that crowd? The Cat in the Hat they'll get, but the utter joy of seeing Sam and Dean in that story is a fan's joy and may not translate to a broad audience without familiarity. OTOH, if there are lots of SPN fans, go for it.
keerawa
Oct. 7th, 2012 06:32 pm (UTC)
I have no idea if there will be many SPN fans there, but I think the story plays well even if you don't get that added joy from it. I'm pretty good at voices, from pod-ficcing and reading to little kids, so that's not too much of a concern. But keeping track of LOTS of characters would be tricky.

Thanks for the thoughtful response, and Happy Birthday!
tifaching
Oct. 6th, 2012 08:35 pm (UTC)
LOL, all of your work is original. So many different ways you take everything. So many great choices.

I love the Cat in the Hat story and it would be fantastic read aloud. Our Lady of the Harbor is amazing, but there are so many others.

My choice, since you asked, :D, would be either Talisman or The Maid of Orleans, but as write_light pointed out, they are pretty fandom specific and may not translate well to a broader audience. Not much help, I'm afraid.

It's so fantastic that you've been invited to be a panelist! Go you!
keerawa
Oct. 7th, 2012 06:38 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Ti!

Huh. Talisman is very fandom-specific, so I wouldn't go for that. 'The Maid of Orleans', though ... interesting pick. I hadn't considered that one. Since the Bible and that part of history are well known, that actually could work. *contemplates*
mackiedockie
Oct. 6th, 2012 11:20 pm (UTC)
Excellent news...congratulations! For the stories...take two, or even three, and go with your crowd radar. The Seuss riff sounds like a winner for all kinds of listeners. Have fun!
keerawa
Oct. 7th, 2012 06:39 pm (UTC)
Sounds like they want each author to pick just one, but I sent an email to the programming folks asking for clarification. 'The Monster in the Hat' definitely has the most wide-spread appeal.

Thanks mackiedockie!
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