Words-Worth! is always a place for firsts.
It was our first time running it under bing!‘s new management. They left me to direct the layout of the floor arrangement in the morning. Although the boogie crew had no idea that an event was taking place that afternoon, they were wonderfully helpful and complying.
A friend responded to my “OMG! Do not have a sound system!” I owe him a favour now. ;-)
The new operations manager gave me a bunch of discount coupons to distribute to our attendees, which work great with my new “Sign the Guestbook!” addition to the event.
Speaking of which, a big thanks goes out to Ivan for his help. Since he’s a regular extension of the WW family, I asked if he could help with the sign-ups, guestbook, distribution of coupons and the various small errands that tend to pop up during times like these. Normally I would handle this, but I had a first-something of my own that day and knew I won’t be in the frame of mind to deal with it.
My first-something is that I hosted WW3! This may not be such a big deal unless you’ve known me for a while and know that I get massive stagefright whenever I have to stand in front of many people and say something.
I didn’t die, so that’s a good thing. I made a list of relevant announcements like the MPH Share-A-Gift Project and their National Short Story Prize, talked a bit about Nanowrimo, and reminded people that bing! is opening a new outlet at Premier 101. Most of it didn’t come out the way I planned but since it’s my first time, I’ll forgive myself and work on doing it better next time.
Maggie was our first performer, and she read us an excerpt from a period romance she’s been working on.
Rin continued to prove that she can come in unprepared and still craft together something entertaining. She talked about the strange names some people gave their children, and made flash cards to demonstrate how some parents try too hard to come up with an unusual spelling for normal-sounding names.
She also pulled another first that we’ll be keeping – making a sign that says “We’re having a lit event! Please come in!” to stick to the front window of bing! to inform people peering in.
Aaron goes down as the first among us to deliver a poem in the form of a song. I asked him to do it for WW2 but he was unable to secure a guitarist then. But I didn’t forget! Aaron and his guitarist Michael are part of a band called Passive Fire. They’ve played a number of gigs around town the last few months, and are worth a listen. Their singers can actually sing. That alone already gives them a huge advantage over most of our local indie bands. Aaron also read us a story which had a rather scandalous ending.
Robert Raymer might look like he’s about to throw a mug of Teh-O at someone, but he doesn’t always look this fierce. He is still the only one who can turn up and read from a book. He was also very pleased to show us the latest article written about him before he started reading what he picked for us that day. Guess which story!
And then you have me. I read a story I started for last year’s Nanowimo (and naturally didn’t finish). When I emailed reminding everyone about WW3, Robert replied saying “Read something new!” Since he didn’t specify, I picked something I’ve not read before.
Jeremy accomplished another first – a faux pas of epic proportions. I thought he was reading a poem, but he decided to tell us a story that rambled on and on. He took the backlash of that with a lot more grace that I would be capable of and later apologised for sidetracking.
Our last performer was Natasha, who spent the entire afternoon look as nervous as I usually felt. It was another chapter from the fantasy world that we were introduced to the last time. She and her friend Cassandra were the first to go up in WW2, and in a weird twist, became the last this time around.
When I went over to talk to her and her family later, I realised that they also came for the very first Words-Worth! I love it that her entire family attends! I haven’t been able to get mine to show up.
Ciaklat wrote about it here. I haven’t seen any other posts, but will link when they come up.
(All photos are shot by Maggie Apau and Jerneh Hon. Thanks, girls! Only the first photo is by me.)