Of course, I somehow had to go first, which was probably good in the end. I didn't have enough time to get really nervous, although I think I read my work a little too fast. I received excellent feedback, though, and it gave me a lot to think about. The first five pages is so important with a novel. It is what hooks the reader and draws them into the rest of the story. If the first five pages bomb, then there might not be any hope saving the rest.
With the feedback, I plan to expand the pregnancy/labor scene and do a bit more with the Fate goddesses. I plan to go a bit more back and forth with the mortals and goddesses and just hope it doesn't end up confusing. *laughs* I think it'll work out fine. Of course, I don't know when I'll get around to fixing the first part, since I have to finish my edits for Once Upon a December Nightmare this weekend.
I'd like to read the rest of the prologue for my Valley Writer friends sometime soon, so I can receive more feedback and fix the prologue to the best it can be.
Has anyone else read your work in front of an audience?
Personally, I find it a bit terrifying. Although I'll admit it is easier to read your own work than to read someone else's. In school, I hated to be called upon to read. Unless I had the piece memorized, I would stumble over the words. My mouth didn't seem to work fast enough with my brain. It was horrible. Yet, I did theatre, and it wasn't bad saying the lines, but once again, I had them memorized. It's good to be able to read your work and necessary if you want to get anywhere as a writer.
On a side note, I wanted to mention the kittens (well, kitten and cat). Cinderella and Romeo are getting along a little bit. They love playing with each other, but sometimes they both get a bit too rough. It's a good thing that Cinderella is a small cat. Romeo is now about a fourth to a third her size, so they manage well. It's really funny now that Romeo goes all over the house when he is out of his cage. He loves eating Relli's food, if she has any left out. Plus, he's using her litterbox every chance he gets. She hates when he uses it. You can tell from when she sniffs his pee or poop, and then she squats over the box to use it herself like a person squating over a toilet at a rest area or a nasty gas station restroom. You know the ones where you have to get a key and the last time it looks they cleaned it was ten years ago. She's such a funny cat. I'll try to get more pictures of Romeo soon.
I'm going to try to work on a new short story today, if I get a chance. I hope everyone has a good weekend.
Happy Father's Day to all dads out there, too!