Last night, I went to an open mic at Coffee house without Limits in Allentown PA. My youngest brother and I offered up three children's songs we have been working on. And we had FUN!
He stayed until closing. I hung around for the next few artists. Overall, awesome!! Musicians sang and played original music - and they played and sang very well. Poets spat words that wove the air around them with images.
Getting up and strutting your stuff - it's the subject of a lot of middle grade fiction. Finding the nerve to weather possible ridicule, possible embarrassment - just thinking of it can give a person a wiggly stomach, and a dizzy feeling.
Catching a Storyfish by Janice N. Harrington focuses on just this problem. Keet has moved from Alabama where she was a world class storyteller. In her new home, her accent amuses her classmates no end. Soon, Keet is as quiet as a mouse. Fishing with her grandfather becomes her refuge. How she finds her voice again is a touching story.