On a considerably lighter note, I decided to keep the drab but truly superior Logitech keyboard/cover for my new iPad, and return the cheap but more colorful Fintie. The Fintie had cool artwork of a composition notebook, and the Logitech has a nylon fabric that will be difficult to decorate. But the typing experience is so much better.
I gave the Fintie a test run one night, at a writing group that I attended for the first time. We all introduced ourselves and told a story about an interesting event while traveling. This took quite a while in a room of twenty six people. Then we spent an hour of quiet time writing. I tried to write about my brother’s death, but got side tracked into a story about my step-father’s anger. Definitely the keyboard’s fault.
Twelve people, including myself, chose to read something. Everyone chose to read something they had already written, myself included. The quality of the writing was high, somewhat intimidating to me. Six minute limit including Q&A, strictly enforced by our excellent host Zack, the longer your piece the less time for Q&A.
It came to time for me to read mine. I went with “Young and Immortal“, which I think is quite polished now.
After I read it, silence.
I don’t know whether my writing had such a profound effect on the room that they were silenced; whether they were shocked by the event I related (I was going to say plot, but I think that is for fiction); or whether they were too polite to say anything about such an obviously amateurish attempt at writing.
I will have to talk to my therapist. And write about my brother’s death, one or two paragraphs are salvageable. And then talk to my therapist some more.