Sometimes I’m a chicken.
In college, I actually narrowed down my choice of majors to those that didn’t require public speaking 101.
That chicken with the big grin is my 14 year old nephew. In public, he’s mostly a quiet kid.
But it’s interesting what happens when you put a quiet kid in a chicken suit.
Braver than he thinks? Maybe.
I could’ve used a chicken suit a couple of weeks ago when I spoke on a panel about the creative life during an SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators) event.
At least just to start out.
Because I was
having an out of body experience nervous. I can’t really remember anything I said, but hey, I did it.
(I’m pretty sure I spoke from the heart , it was practically in my throat anyway).
I was also nervous about the authors fair and book signing. But that turned out to be fun.
I met national book award winner, Kathryn Erskine. She’s super sweet. She signed a book for me and then even came over to my table and bought one of my books!!
The book fair wasn’t so scary. Writers (and readers) may be a quiet bunch, but everyone was friendly.
I chatted with authors. I signed some books. I’m pretty sure I didn’t squawk or bawk once.
I’m braver than I thought.
Even without a chicken costume.
How are you feeling brave (or strong, or smart) this week? Would you have more courage dressed in a chicken suit? Tell me in the comments, I’d love to know!