Reading Life App Testing, Work and the Spoken Word
Last month I was invited to participate in some research for Helen Cross who is testing various reading apps. at the University tomorrow.
Helen Cross is an English author. She was raised in East Yorkshire and educated at the University of East Anglia. Cross’s first novel, My Summer of Love, was published in 2001 and was the winner of a Betty Trask Award in 2002. Wikipedia© 2013 GoogleThis may well have been one of the most exciting opportunities of 2013 however, we were just small groups selected to test a variety of reading apps.I had already rescheduled my slot as I realised tomorrow night is also the next SpeakEasy and I cannot travel the 30miles between venues fast enough… I have also lost some work booked for next week and am about to have 2 weeks off for Christmas which is lovely but UNPAID! Somehow I have to afford Christmas Presents etc. so I am not really in a position where I can turn down work.The whole point of working this way was to incorporate my writing life into the mix and STILL pay the mortgages (sadly still plural at this stage as the apartment is still up or sale!) I will endeavour to keep the Writer Life arrangements in the future… but at the moment I have to think of income.After work I have a local engagement and then at tea time over to the city for the 3rd SpeakEasy. Due to the way it is organised I won’t be performing again this month, unless I get there early and sign for one of 3 or 4 open mic slots! I have a poem in reserve but it is all in the lap of the God’s whether I make it in time or just go and enjoy it, like I did the first time – way back in October.Whether I get to watch like my 1st event or perform, like the 2nd, I know it will be a good night!