A fellow writer, Frank Bures, let me know today that a story of mine was listed in the back of this year’s Best American Travel Writing 2009 under “Notable Writing.” Sweet! Grateful for surprise good news.
Yesterday’s interview on WORT was really fun. It was great to see the brain of WORT, where so many of my favorite radio programs are recorded and broadcast. The people were awesome – very welcoming, cool folks. I love talking about Senegal and my book, so all in all it was great. Then I get home and started to listen to the interview. “Holy man! Whose horrid voice is that?” Why, oh why, does my voice sound so different when I hear it recorded than what I hear in my head? It was so jarring that I had to stop the audio and pause. I still haven’t mustered up the courage to give it a listen. That voice! Today I am grateful for the way my voice sounds to me – so much nicer than what the rest of the world hears.
Writing can be a solitary profession; hours spent alone with a keyboard are a must for the work. This is certainly something I enjoy about writing, not only for the alone solitude but for the way that it makes interactions with others more meaningful. I had a great breakfast this morning with another writer, lingering over our coffees and talking shop. No need to rush out, no interruptions from others. Just a nice shared meal and conversation. It didn’t hurt that the restaurant was one of Madison’s best and that the coffee fill-ups were plentiful. I am grateful for the nice start to my day.
Tomorrow, Wednesday July 22, I will be interviewed on WORT’s “In Our Backyard” program at 6:30pm. You can listen in Madison at 89.9 on the radio dial or online at www.wort-fm.org
Grateful for my poor, neglected blog that has been relegated to events announcements lately but who will soon be breathing with new life.