Saturday, October 18, 2008

For the first time in a decade

...I missed the Saskatchewan Writers' Guild fall conference. And when I say missed, I mean I missed out. However, thanks to Tracy and her blackberry, I was kind of there. Digitized. In snippets. It's been fun.

For me the highlight of the conference is the open mic. It's happening tonight. Gerry makes it new every year and his intros are always hilarious. I never fail to take the opportunity to read and test new work on the audience. Last year I read my pheasant sonnet, H manning the computer to show the accompanying video, which I'd initially posted on youtube.

I had planned to read an anecdotal piece at this year's open mic. Seriously. Since I'm not there, I thought I'd post it here.



And it's under three minutes! Gerry would've been proud.

7 comments:

tracy said...

Nice! I'm glad you posted it here because, being the test(....) bruiser that I am, I had to sit at the back of the room, and never would've seen the video otherwise. Bruce Rice did a poem called "I'm tired" and it was interactive, only we couldn't see whether he was on the floor (apparently not), whether he'd walked out, or what, exactly was going on.

We missed you!!

Brenda Schmidt said...

Ha! Thank you for not completing that particular word here as the poor blog would've been spammed to death. :)

We missed you!!

I must ask Bruce what he was doing...

Gerald Hill said...

That piece would have been a hit at the open mic, Brenda. Your intro might have gone something like this: She heard the word "dripping" and grabbed the neck of her bag: BRENDA SCHMIDT.

Brenda Schmidt said...

HA! That's terrible!!!

I hear the open mic was a hit yet again. Hats off to you, Gerry.

Brenda Schmidt said...

While I'm here, testing the comments...can you believe that my pheasant wasn't included in Jailbreaks: 99 Canadian Sonnets? Honestly.

Tracy Hamon said...

No, but I'm certain it will be added to "99 Cocktails For a Long Winter Night"

Brenda Schmidt said...

Ha! Tailbreaks! :)