My friend Lynda listened to my KCHUNG show live and when we spoke on the phone later that night Lynda said I should do spoken word. I said that I had not thought about spoken word in many years but I was thinking about making a book from the @8pmiam text. Lynda said that I should put my drawings in the book. Wow! that’s a fantastic idea! I never would have though of that on my own. Thanks Lynda for your inspiration!
Prior to doing the show I printed out a text version (in ascending order) to read on paper rather than reading directly from the Twitter account on my phone. Although I had glanced at a few of the entries I had not read the entire piece. And as I was reading I realized that I had very little memory of exactly what I was doing that year. It made me think about why and how we choose to remember what we do and how we forget all the rest.
I do recall that when I was writing these 140 character texts I tried to be as honest as possible. And when I was reading these personal journal entries live on the radio eight years later I felt extremely vulnerable and often humiliated. This was not a fantasy script I could hide behind -this was my life.
BTW- Lynda is my good friend who makes beautiful hats and hair accessories. Please take a moment to check out her fantastic Etsy Shop 🙂