The Blog-o-teer: Devas T., I thought you weren't going to be blogging for at least a week, thought you were traveling, making appearances, speaking and all that big-time stuff. What you doing back so soon?
Devas T.: Well, my fellow blog-o-teer, I found a computer at the hotel. And yes, unfortunately, it's a pc. But, if the folks at Blogger don't mind, I don't either. Here's my opening comments at tomorrow's presentation:
I was reading a book on improving your speaking presentation. It suggested that I imagine myself standing naked in front of this audience...or maybe it was I should imagine that the audience is naked. Whatever the suggestion was, I'm feeling pretty naked right about now and all this nakedness isn't helping a brotha out.
Normally, I present to little kids, 4 through about 9-years-old. Normally, I have a portfolio full of my original artwork. Normally, I tell stories and draw pictures. I keep my presentations visual to compensate where I lack with eloquent words. But today, I'm speaking to grown-up adults and all I have is this little disc containing a slide show. I'm feeling a bit stripped down.
How can a non-word person speak to word people? How can I speak to speakers; teach to teachers; inform the informers? I am an artist and my words just aren't quite right. My grammer is broke. My english is broker, and my sentences are overbooked with dangling modifiers. A or an? Is or was? Someone or somebody. And ain't just ain't a word.
But that's enough talk of what I can't do. Here's what I can do:
I can talk to you in my own style, in my own voice(no matter how imperfect that voice may be). I can tell you about myself, what I do and who I do it for.
I'm a visual storyteller. I tell stories with pictures. And I tell them to your children.
And I hope that when my presentation is finished, I have inspired someone to encourage a child to discover, possibly re-discover their own personal talents. And to consider where their special gifts can take them. I hope you will encourage them to take their talents and reach for the stars!
I alway honored and humbled when I receive letters from kids telling me how my presentation made them realize (many of them artist) that they someday want to illustrate, too. Many of them have no idea how they can use their art talents and most of them aren't dreaming that far into the future.
Thanks, Cyn for your input. I so much appreciate what you do for the kid-lit community. A brotha is still scared, though. *heart pumping real fast*
Sorry, no spell check today. But thats the beauty of the blog. Bad grammer and spelling is what makes the blog-o-spere worth reading.