Won’t you just die already?

22 Mar


No, I am very much alive, thank you very much. And there even is proof of this, for when I went to one of the major German book fairs last weekend, there was plenty of opportunity for pictures. I’m part of the “Nornennetz”, which is a collection of female German-speaking fantasy writers, and we had readings and signing opportunities at our booth, and drew lots, and fun was had by everyone.

See, I wrote a book. Yes, another one. It’s not yet out in English, but my publisher thinks we may do something about that. The title roughly translates to, “Lusty Andrea and the hilarious tentacles of death”. You can see the tentacles, also known as Bob, in the picture.

Another thing you can see is me, being merry in public, talking to a small audience. That day, I read a brief passage from the book and answered questions and hopefully convinced a few people that #notalltentacles are bad.

If you know anything about me, you know that I am kind of shy and introverted and have the personality of a soggy egg carton. I’m hilarious as a writer, sometimes even good, but in person I tend to stammer and look at my feet and generally rather crouch in a corner than face people who might have thoughts or ideas or judgement. However, this is not a good thing to do for someone who wants to act as a public figure every now and then.

What to do? I remind myself to be kind, and curious. Then I cling to my colorful, “unorthodox” style for clothes and makeup*, and try to be as much fun as possible, and to listen to the others more than I talk myself. The listening part is easy for an introvert, but actively listening and asking all the right questions is a challenge sometimes.

All in all, I would say we did well, as a collective and as writers who are too shy to walk up to people and actually talk to them. The next event is loosely planned for November, but it is once again far away and I am not sure whether I can make the time to go there.

*My sister, meeting me at the book fair, asked whether I could cram any more colors onto myself: Brown boots, purple stockings, green and teal skirt, black and blue sweater, red/orange/green jacket. Let me tell you, there are only so many layers a woman can wear!


2 Responses to “Won’t you just die already?”

  1. peppylady (Dora) March 22, 2018 at 10:44 pm #

    Never beent a book faire. Hope you did well.
    Coffee is on

  2. Magaly Guerrero April 16, 2018 at 7:15 pm #

    I’m sure you and Bob did fantastic. I mean, look at those tentacles. And those fantastic colors!

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