Getting Ready for Horror Con
I think I am more or less set for World Horror Con this weekend. I have my train tickets for Brighton, and Friday booked off work. I have my SUFFER THE CHILDREN promotional post cards to hand out to anyone who might be vaguely interested.
I have chosen my excerpt to read at the Reading Cafe. I’ve decided to start with Chapter 1. Reading for 15-20 minutes actually involved reading a fair number of pages, and as it happens Chapter 1 is just the right length. It also finishes on an intriguing note, which I hope will leave my audience wanting more.
I really think I need to practise reading some more, though. At the moment I’m gabbling in a boring monotone that will send my audience to sleep. Theoretically, reading out loud shouldn’t be a problem for me. I’ve done amateur dramatics – I never had any problem being on stage.
Of course, if I’m honest with myself, I think as an actress my talents are somewhat lacking. There was probably a reason I was only ever given very small parts, and only then if I was friends with the director. I was actually a far better director than actress – I’m organised to the point of being anal, and just a bit bossy.
I’ve also always been crap at doing voices, and accents. Which is why I’m struggling a bit with finding the right tone for this reading.
So, I need to practise the reading some more. Oh, and I haven’t yet made up my mind what clothes to pack. Maybe I’m not quite ready to go to World Horror Con after all. But I’ve still got a couple of days to get myself organised, so I’m not panicking. Not yet, anyway.