Dudes and dudettes,
It’s been a while, hasn’t it? Well, the truth is, my other life (the one that pays the bills) caught up with me, and it is now quite reluctant to let go.
Just so we’re clear, I’m not really complaining. During my social media hiatus, I was lucky enough to check one big item off my professional bucket list: be a speaker at MicroStrategy World. I can almost hear the anticlimactic gasps as you read this, so just to put things in perspective, in my line of work this is akin to presenting at TED (an item which also happens to be on my bucket list). It thus goes without saying, that I’m damn proud of having done this.
My one hour session occurred right before lunch, a time slot which I have always regarded as being somewhat cursed. Being the only thing that stands between an audience of over 150 hungry IT people and their lunch, is not unlike finding yourself trapped between a herd of hypos and their favourite patch of water. This being said, I must have done something right during my presentation. Otherwise, I can’t really explain the fact that the Q&A session extended well into the lunch break, with hardly anyone willing to leave. Not only that, but the grapevine has it that mine was probably the best presentation this year. To be fair, it’s really hard to say if that’s actually true. The conference is structured in such a way that even the most active participant can only attend about 1/13th of the presentations, so the availability bias must be accounted for when digesting this kind of praise.
As a side note, I’ve always been a rather shy public speaker, and this particular challenge was not made any easier by my being extremely aware of my exotic (read East European, if mild) accent. My way of dealing with this, is to make jokes. Laughter puts me at ease, and gives me confidence, especially if it is being done by others.
So now I’m trying to catch up with my author duties. I’m happy to report that The Scriptlings continues to receive amazing reviews on Amazon and Goodreads. Getting a four or five star review from someone completely unknown is a hard to describe feeling. It is the special bond that comes from knowing that the only connection between me and that person is a book that I wrote. It is also the nagging fear that I am, against my own knowledge, cheating the universe, and that I don’t deserve any of this.
Two more thing, before I go:
1. My publisher, AEC Stellar Publishing, recently rebranded as The Author Extension Community. Alright, they’ve done much more than just rebranding, and this is great news, especially if you are a writer. Do pay them a visit and see the many awesome things that they can do for you.
2. My buddy, and fellow AEC author, Ryan Attard, is now the proud host of The Lurking Voice podcast. It’s funny, it’s deep, and it’s a rare opportunity to find out what the Maltese accent sounds like.