After nearly a year of quiescence, I did a reading of my book a few days ago, to an audience of about a hundred local ladies. A great time, I think, was had by all. Public performance is a personal pleasure, having done it many times, starting in grade school and carrying through college and beyond. Jud Frye in Oklahoma; Sir Joseph Porter, KCB, in HMS Pinafore, Conrad Birdie in Bye Bye Birdie. The Wolf, in Little Red Riding Hood)
So, buoyed by enthusiasm, I decided to record myself reading a couple of pages, for blogload, and being a clever surgeon, I figured out a way to manage it. (Blogger supports video upload, but not audio.) Using the tiny, invisible microphone which is somewhere on my laptop (and which provides pretty crappy sound), I used Garageband for the voice recording, then uploaded it to iTunes, then to iPhoto where I used it as the background for a slideshow (if you can call a single photo of the study in my parents' beach house a slideshow), which I imported to iDVD and made it into a movie, then to my desktop, from which I uploaded it here. A long way around the barn; maybe there's a simpler way. After all that, it's an admittedly poor effort, but it's a start. In my performance days, I'd have rehearsed it.
Here it is: