Second off, I am roughly ready for my trip to Salt Lake City and the World Horror Convention. I bought some clothes, I washed them, I submitted our taxes, I renewed my gym membership, I have written at least half of the story I wanted to write before I left but hey I have until Saturday to finish... and I've played too much World of Warcraft.
Speaking of WoW, if you have the opportunity to use a Scroll of Resurrection I highly recommend it. Because my account was defunct, I was able to use the Scroll and level one character to 80, and instantly received all new level-appropriate armor, weapons, and bags. An insane bonus!
Third off... uh. I should probably pack. And practice reading my story, "British Guiana, 1853," out loud since I HAVE MY FIRST EVER PUBLIC READING ON FRIDAY, MARCH 30TH AT 11:30AM.
So, here's a funny related anecdote. One time I volunteered to read for the blind and dyslexic and they gave me a story with a lot of French words in it. I have no idea how to pronounce French words and you don't really get a lot of chances to fix your mistakes -- they're recording your reading on huge reels of tape. So I did what I always do in situations where I am in over my head. I made shit up and quickly. The only word I remember was duchy (there were others). I pronounced it ducky (or maybe dutchy now that I think of it) because douche-y just seemed wrong.
Yeah. To this DAY I feel guilty about screwing up that audio tape for the blind and dyslexic.
The moral of the story is: practice before you read text out loud.