I KNOW. I KNOW I SOUND ALL FRICKIN' KUMBAYA, BUT YOU GUYS THIS WEEKEND WOULD HAVE BEEN TOTAL SHIT WITHOUT YOU.
Big, warm thanks to everyone who came out to the competition on Saturday at Printers' Row Lit Fest--I wish I could better describe how much it means when you make time to come see your fellow artists/writers perform. It means the world, and seeing friendly faces in the audience bolsters confidence like crazy. Special thanks to new friends who came out without knowing the awesome fun they were getting into ;) Thank you, thank you!!
Thank you, also, to those who voted for me--I was victorious! My opponent Susan Karp wrote a beautiful piece. It was not only a pleasure to meet her but to share the stage with a writer who has such clean, understated strength in her work. I hope I get more chances to see her perform!
After the competition I hung out with a small group of friends, we had burgers, played with an adorable baby and then watched Foxcatcher which is THE MOST UNCOMFORTABLE MOVIE I HAVE EVER WATCHED EVER. I did not know anything about the story, so, yeah. If you haven't seen it yet, watch it with people you are comfortable around.
Or watch it alone, and wander aimlessly around your house for a few hours afterward, questioning a lot of things about life, probably. Because Steve Carell is so disturbingly brilliant. And Mark Ruffalo is perfection. And Channing Tatum is Channing Tatum. (I really don't have any opinions on Channing Tatum. He's just Channing Tatum.)
But for real this weekend was wonderful, thanks to you guys.
P.S. I'll post the winning essay over on the Live Lit page soon :)