Jots & Tittles #3: Of talking and writing
Time for one of my “Jots and Tittles” catch-all posts. This time, it’s about talking and writing.
Writing is all about communication. And ipso facto it is certainly the preferred form of communication of most writers. But even the must reclusive among us do have to crawl out into the sunshine from time to time and talk.
Whether it’s about our books or about other books or even non-bookish things, no man is an island.
And yet I heard a while back that the among the most feared experiences in America are #2 Death, and #1 Public Speaking. I don’t know how accurate the survey was that came up with that, but it is sure true that when it comes to talking, the knees start knocking for many people.
An audio experiment
Not so much with me. I don’t mind speaking in front of people that much at all (though I do have a recurring nightmare that I’m on stage in a play and have no idea what my lines are!) However, when I agreed to speak at a small literary conference a while back called, Lewolkien, it was a bit stressful leading up to it.
You see, I hadn’t spoken in front of an audience for quite some time and I was more than a little rusty. Plus I had to do lots of reading and research and then distill all that into points and slides. Finally I had to do a dry run through of what ended up being essentially three, 1 hour talks.
The titles of the talks were “The Art of Faith”, “Lewis and Tolkien on Stories”, and “Books, the Architecture of the Mind.” These are all subjects I am deeply passionate about. They’re foundational to who I am and why I’m writing. So I thought maybe I’d go the extra mile and record the talks so that others could learn and understand just how important and wonderful the melding of truth and goodness and beauty can be when distilled in written form.
But a funny thing happened on the way to the forum. Or on the way back, rather. The talks went fine, actually. Nothing award-winning, but I had a great exchange with the people attending. And several who couldn’t make it also asked about listening to the audio when I got back.
But, long story short, the recordings were awful. If I’d had a 1970’s tape recorder with a microphone from a cereal box they probably would have sounded better.
However, all was not lost. I’d planned on putting the audio to the slides anyway, and I really did care an awful lot about sharing what I was talking about to a wider audience. So I made the difficult decision to re-record the talks sitting in front of my computer.
Coming to an (online) theater near you
So, the good news is that I just recently finished recording the last talk. The first two are edited and are ready to go. I just have to edit the last one and then I’ll be ready to share my little audio experiment with the world.
The plan is to put them on Youtube so that people can view the slides.
I’ll probably roll them out one by one over the month of June.So keep an eye on this site for all the aural goodies. I’m not sure what the interest level will be for something like this, but don’t ever say I’m not afraid to try new things!