As I described back in April (you can read the post here), I’m celebrating my 50th birthday with a year of activities and challenges designed to honor this milestone. I’m calling it Cynthia’s Yearlong 50th Birthday Bash, and so far it’s been a blast.
Here’s what I did in May to mark this big and badass year:
- Launch—To celebrate the one-year anniversary of Storied Nights: An Evening of Spoken Word, I launched the Whistlestop Writers Open Mic at Swirl on the Square in downtown Livermore. This is something I’ve wanted to do ever since I took over Storied Nights and people kept asking me if it included an open mic. It took me almost a year to find the right venue, but wow, did we luck out with Swirl. A lovely historic brick building that houses a lovely and inviting wine bar with an even lovelier owner and manager who are thrilled to be supporting local writers and poets. I’m so incredibly grateful to be able to provide this opportunity for my fellow writers and community at large. The first open mic was last night and we had a good turnout. Great wine, great food, and great writing—how can anyone lose?
- Submission—I submitted a story to the brand new LitQuake Basement Reading Series in San Francisco. I wasn’t accepted, which kind of sucked, but that’s not the point.
- New Things—1) I went on the blind date and had a blast, even if I did get a beer spilled in my lap. (Thanks, Melanie!) Then went on another date, just to see if the first one was a fluke. And then a few more…. 2) I read my story at Flash Fiction Forum in San Jose before a crowd of strangers (rather than a sea of friendly faces). It went really well, even though I forgot my reading glasses when I headed for the podium.
- Challenge—I ran in the Vintage Hills Fun Run with Katie in blistering 90-degree weather. Not sure exactly how far we ran, but I know it was over a mile. I could have gone further, but Katie was annoyed at the noise and the heat. Now I’m ready to tackle a 5K!
I can’t wait to see what the rest of the year will bring!
Until next time,