Afterthought: Five Continent Reading

It has been, without a doubt, a great evening. To a limited degree we even reached our goal to attract an international audience in Second Life. There were visitors from Spain, France and Poland and a cross-section of the regular German audience of Kafé Kruemelkram present. And still, as our hosts Thorsten Küper and Kirsten Riehl remarked in their blogs, we have reasons not to be completely satisfied. About twenty listeners in the course of the night was far less than we thought we could expect for such an historic event. Apart from a small but very attentative and persistent audience my fellow writers may take it as their reward that they took part in a pioneering endeavour. Further efforts and more events like this, I’m sure, will with time attract a larger audience that the writers and organizers deserve.

Those who missed the event have reasons to envy our audience and to admire the efforts that the participants put into it. Some occurences during the night are worth to be told our grandchildren twenty years from now. Three of my fellow writers were completely new in Second Life and Thorsten Küper had to struggle the whole day and even during the reading to care for stable connections and an acceptable audio quality. I didn’t manage to completely finish my story “The Spirits” and some of the sections I read had been written just a few hours before it was my turn. While I was reading, Jonathan Elorm Dotse (Ghana) was still not present. He had problems with his Internet connection at home, cruised through Accra to find a bar with an Internet link and came in ten minutes before I was finished (providing the additional benefit of authentic African background noise when he read). Some audio blips occured during Guy Hasson‘s (Israel) reading but this didn’t diminish the fun the audience had with a section of his novel Tickling Butterflies. When Ahmed A. Khan (Canada) first came in there was an anoying buzz that made it hard to hear him but he and Thorsten solved this problem in time. It was almost a wonder that there were no problems with Gustavo Bondoni‘s (Argentina) connection and we heard him clearly when he read his short gripping space story.

I’m honoured to have been part of such a fine selection of writers and I hope we’ll meet again in the virtual world (and sooner or later in the real one) for further events like this.