I am sitting here with one eye on the computer and one eye on a two year old, who happens to be my grandson. Kids at this age, boy...you need roller skates to keep up with them. They are little busy bodies. I have one of those big busy bodies too and they both keep me hopping...just saying.
It is almost 3 in the afternoon and I am exhausted, but I always make time to write....something. So today's topic is MY Most Embarrassing Moment. I know you have a couple of those that you can relate to.
As a writer/author, you know we are always on the lookout for ways to promote our books and ourselves as authors. I love doing just that too. But, one time I was doing a radio interview, my very first one. Yes and it was Live, or I should say it went live. I was a nervous wreck talking to the radio host over the phone. Imagine if I was on an afternoon talk show with these bad nerves. Walking on stage with wobbly knees, I don't think I would have made it. So the radio interview should have been a breeze since I was in the comfort of my own home. The interview took maybe 20 minutes of answering questions and talking about myself as a writer and talking about my new book, which was out at the time (Broken Voices). I was in a quiet room...upstairs away from noise and hoopla,because the conversation was being recorded; any interference would have been recorded in the background. I was still as nervous as a mouse being chased by a cat and that nervousness I think showed in my voice, after all...I was an amateur at this. But I was so glad I was not on TV, there's no telling what my body language would have been saying. Somebody would have probably been picking me up off the floor, me and my books.
Well, when the interview was about over, I was a bit more relaxed and comfortable in what I was doing. The host asked me to give the correct spelling of my name so that the listeners would find me on Amazon and other online bookstores. He was a nice host too, friendly and professional. He knew what he was doing, I'm the one who didn't know what I was doing. I was just glad when the interview was over and I hung up the phone, proud of my self for accomplishing this part of being an author.
I had to wait about a month before the radio interview was to air over the online radio station. The host sent me the information and my husband I sat around my computer and listened on the day it aired. I was smiling from ear to ear when the host announced my name. I really did feel like a super star. You couldn't even tell how nervous I was. But then, at the end of the interview, when the host asked me to spell my name for the listening audience....I don't know what happened to me. I spelled my name all wrong, leaving out letters. Crap, I've been spelling my name since kindergarten, and then all of a sudden....I lost my mind. See how your nerves can make you go nuts? Now that was embarrassing, because I didn't realize it until the interviewed aired. I gasped and so did my husband and then we both started laughing.
That moment reminded me of the time when I was saying "The Lord's Prayer" in church on Youth Sunday back in the day. I stood behind the podium and saw all the congregation sitting in the pews and almost died. I was trying to be cool, calm and sophisticated, you know how teenagers do. But I tell you....that was the shortest Lord's Prayer ever recited at Zion Baptist Church because seeing all those faces looking at me gave me a brain lock. "Our Father, which art in Heaven.....Hallowed Be They Name.....Thy Kingdom Come, Thy Will Be Done........Amen! It was over then, and I walked back to my choir seat, red in the face.....yeah, I turned red. LOL
How do I spell my name? Winona Rasheed