Nice surprises come in all shapes, sizes and colors…
And yes, you read it correctly – Walski will be reading this time around...
(reading blogposts out loud, and more, in the full post)
First off, allow Walski to convey his gratitude to Sharon Bakar for inviting him to this month’s Readings. Saying that he’s flattered would be an understatement. It’s more like:
Okay, admittedly Walski exaggerates, but you get the idea.
Sharon had, in fact, asked him quite a while back if Walski would be interested to read. Quite frankly, it is an honor to be asked in the first place. As far as the Malaysian English literary scene (if there even is such a thing) is concerned, Readings@Seksan’s is definitely a rite of passage, and a form of recognition as a writer.
The bigger challenge is selecting what to read. Blogging, IWHO (in Walski’s humble opinion), is very different from essay, story, or column writing, as the writing style and structure are geared towards an online audience. The utilization of visuals/images and linking to information are characteristics of most posts here, and don’t translate very well to having them “read” at a reading.
But Walski will definitely find a way to pull this off. How? Well, he still hasn’t entirely figured it out yet, and it will depend on which post(s) he selects to read from. And because he’s been blogging since 2006, there are around 1,300 posts to choose from.
Perhaps, for the sake of being practical, Walski will choose a posting that’s not so heavy on the hyperlinking and illustrations. Or maybe not. We’ll just have to wait and see what he decides to do come Saturday.
Of course, not showing up at all is also an option. But rest assured, Sharon, Walski will not do that to you…
In any case, if you get a chance, do come check out this upcoming session of Readings@Seksan’s. But don’t do it for Walski’s sake alone – there will be 5 other (real) writers slated, and he can assure you that it will be a Saturday afternoon well spent.
After all, the shopping malls will still be around on other Saturdays.