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Litquake's "Barely Published" Panel
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It was such a thrill to "perform" at Litquake last night! I had been daunted by the performance aspect for weeks. I kept wondering why it wasn't just called a "reading." Did they actually expect me to bust out a soft shoe dance between paragraphs to liven things up?

Now that I have experienced it, however, I understand why they bill it that way. When the lights are dim, the tables are sticky and the patrons are two and 1/2 sheets to the wind, you just need to take it up a notch. A book store or library reading would be overshadowed for sure.

It was a thrill and an honor to be invited to participate. It was particularly fun for me because I was able to share the experience with my Red Room friend, Katie Burke. In the month leading up to the event, we helped one another prepare, soothed each other's nerves, and shared the excitement. 

I was very grateful to feel the support of the Red Room staff who came out in nearly full force to cheer us on. Ivory, Abraham,  Huntington and Jennifer were just as warm and delightful in person as they are here at the site. If Charles was there, I missed seeing him and hope for the chance to do so at another time.

Another highlight of the weekend were the panel discussions in the Main Library. My friends from my writers' group and I didn't want to miss the chance to see the Red Room's Jessica Barksdale Inclan. As you might imagine, she was engaging, funny and insightful. It was fun to see her profile picture come to life in this venue. 

The moment that still has me giggling, though, is the juxtaposition of the two panels that followed Jessica's.  Only at Liquake can you go from a panel of four prestigious professors from Stanford who were so entirely cerebral that they seemed like a set-up to a Saturday Night Live skit to a screen play panel with a bunch of guys who seemed to have created careers by accident. Their graphic language, manner of dress and even posture couldn't have been more opposite of the professors' if they'd tried. I love that Litquake celebrates both of these ends of the spectrum and everything in between.

If you'd like to see some pictures from the evening, please head over to check out my photo gallery from the "Barely Published Authors" event.

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Awesome job!

You did a great job at the reading/performance last night! As a Litquake volunteer, this is one of my favorite events and I was really impressed with how well done this was and what a great audience as well. You should be proud!

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Thank you!

Thanks so much for the kind words, Christin. I didn't realize there were other Red Roomers in the house-- I wish I could have met you in person.

The audience was fantastic! They were ready to laugh and cheer, which was precisely what we "Barelies" were hoping for.

Thank you for volunteering so that these fun events can happen!

Shana

Shana McLean Moore
www.caffeinatedponderings.com
www.sunnysidecommunications.com

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I am happy this turned out

I am happy this turned out just the way you wanted, Shana (I am pronouncing it write as I type).

I wish I had been there! And now I wish I'd managed to stick around for the following two panels just to see what you wrote about.

congratulations on your fabulous and true performance.

Best,

J

Jessica Barksdale Inclan
www.jessicabarksdaleinclan.com

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I felt your good wishes,

Jessica. Thank you! I hope you are feeling stronger every day.

Shana

Shana McLean Moore www.caffeinatedponderings.com www.sunnysidecommunications.com

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Hi Shana

You are an absolute inspiration! And the photos, well, they are just fabulous. The picture of Katie and you is particularly beautiful. I remember reading your mutual blogs not long after you first met, soul mates and true friends coming together. And now, to see you (almost a year after reading those blogs) seeing the photos of you both is enough to make me pick up Gina and give her a huge bear hug, just for the joy of it!

Love your blog, as always. Was there any video footage of you both at Litquake? I just saw a great video of Ivory at the event on YouTube. Very insightful and fascinating, as well as funny. :)

Did Jessica get up on that huge stage too?! Is there video footage of that too?

All the best to you!

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You are pure love, Ryoma

What a love you are to phrase your comment like that. I hope you did give Gina that bear hug-- a girl can never have too many of those! Thank you so much for sharing the excitement with us. It really was a special day! I just went to post my video at YouTube and noticed someone beat me to it. What a strange moment that was to realize someone I don't know posted a video of me. Thank goodness it's one I'm proud of. Here's to clean living so you don't have to fear how you'll end up on the web. ha!

 Shana

Shana McLean Moore www.caffeinatedponderings.com www.sunnysidecommunications.com

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Congratulations! Sounds

Congratulations! Sounds like a great time! But even those conventional bookstore readings are performances, never mind if the audience is stone cold sober :-) It can be daunting, for sure. (I always bring my accordion to book readings, something to hide behind....)

Here's to many more!

Blair

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Good point

You're right, Blair. I'm sure it's true, but that darned word is so intimidating. Between your accordion and my soft shoe, we'd be quite a spectacle. :)

Shana
Shana McLean Moore
www.caffeinatedponderings.com
www.sunnysidecommunications.com

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you were AWESOME!

I know I've said it to you already, but just for the Red Room record. Seriously, folks ... she rocked.

Katie Burke

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Thrill, indeed!

We have our own (Charlie's) Red Room Angels! ( I love the photos)

Congratulations! You truly inspire, excite, and give me encouragement if ever I'd be as blessed!

Please link the video's for us, if you have them.

Thank you for sharing your excitement that spills over with joy!

Truly,

Catherine Nagle

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Yes, please do link to the

Yes, please do link to the videos! (Did you really do a soft shoe.....:-)
What did you read?

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Video link

Here' the link to the video right here at the Red Room, friends. The sound quality is good, but the video is very dark. (Any woman over 40 calls that a blessing. LOL. If I can't have a soft Barbara Walters lighting, I'll take the shadows gratefully.)

http://www.redroom.com/video/shana-litquake

And thank you, Katie, for the endorsement. You know I echo those same words right back to you. It was so cool to work together on our earlier drafts and then see how it all came together in the end.

Shana

Shana McLean Moore
www.caffeinatedponderings.com
www.sunnysidecommunications.com

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Brilliant!

Thanks for sharing the link, Shana. Brilliantly delivered, loved it and I laughed out loud at some fo the moments that you shared. Thanks. :)

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YouTube Videos of Your Reads

Just saw your read on YouTube (yours and Katie's actually)

Both of you ROCKED! Shana - your essay was friggin hilarious! Both of you did an outstanding job!

Randy Wong

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Yay!

Thank you, Ryoma and Randy! It feels so good to hear that.

I'm smiling ear to ear...

Shana
Shana McLean Moore
www.caffeinatedponderings.com
www.sunnysidecommunications.com

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Bravo! (or is it Brava?)

This is great, Shana! One of the most touching and funniest things I've read/heard about the humbling writer's journey. I identified with so much of it.

It also came at a good time for me, as I am licking my wounds after my agent read my first attempt at a novel and suggested it's "not my forte" and I better get back to another nonfiction/memoir, along the lines of book #1. Something that might sell, as she put it.

But you remind me that we have to write what we love. Worrying about publication is a whole other question.

(By the way, you look too gorgeous to have ever worn "fat pants"....unlike some of us :-)

Again, kudos on this great writing and performance!

--Blair

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Thank you, Blair

As annoying as it might be to see so many response thank yous, I can't help myself. Since writing pays so little to those of us who haven't hit the big time, there is truly nothing more gratifying than knowing our work is understood and appreciated by someone. For this "someone" to be a fellow writer is even more special. Thank you, one and all, for indulging me in my excitement.

Shana
Shana McLean Moore
www.caffeinatedponderings.com
www.sunnysidecommunications.com