Now that my fingernails have grown back to a reasonable length, after being bitten to the quick, I feel calm yet also excited about attending the 2011 Auckland Writers And Readers Festival.
The reason why my fingers have constantly been in my mouth lately is because I’m a complete newbie to blogging, podcasting, interviewing with a digital recorder, and uploading to flickr (the thought of finding my way round in the Big Smoke is a little daunting too).
I need these essential skills to be able to feed back information from the festival to our blog, so initially I foresaw a mountain of techie stuff ahead of me to learn, and only a tired little earthquake brain to pack it into.
Happily, it hasn’t proved as difficult to master as I thought, and I can now calm down and look forward to the action. Feel the fear and do it anyway!
I’ll be covering sessions with New Zealand and international authors, and have been determinedly working my way through a toppling pile of required reading, with Shostakovich playing in the background (Sarah Quigley’s new novel The Conductor, published this week, is about the Russian composer).
As the junior musketeer in the library team, I am very excited to be given this opportunity to listen to world-class authors amidst a vibrant festival vibe. Thank goodness the other two are old hands at this, and will ensure that you, dear reader, will be able to make sense of my missives.