I'm Totally Inviting You Into My House This Weekend
No, for real. Hey, c'mon, wipe your goddam feet
By Wayne Alan Brenner, 10:17AM, Thu. May. 3, 2012
Eight Austin-based writers are opening
their home studios to the public this weekend.
Yes, this is another one of those seemingly innumerable Fusebox events. This one's the brainchild of Elizabeth Doss and Annie La Ganga, who figured people would enjoy seeing the inner sanctums (more technically: sancta) where various professional scribes ply their writerly trade here in the ATX.
I, your humble reporter Brenner, am among those writers – as is my fellow Chronicle toiler, Robert "Arts Editor" Faires. Also part of this The Writer's Room: A Home Studio Tour event are the aforementioned La Ganga (along with her boyfriend, the writer Bill Cotter); popular blogmistress and marryin' minister Spike Gillespie; the playwright Amparo Garcia-Crow; author of the upcoming & highly enchanting Summer and Bird, Katherine Catmull; and that amazing wordsmith with the fists of a tiny killer,
Ms. Rebecca Beegle.
So yeah: This coming weekend, from 11am until 3pm on both Saturday and Sunday, you're invited to stop by any of these private places and see where ... uh ... well, we wouldn't want to say "where the magic happens," would we? No, that would be the tagline of that other tour, the Home Studios of Softcore Porn Stars of the Early Seventies tour, and Fusebox impresario Ron Berry has yet to confirm it as an official festival event.
But you are invited into the writers' studios,
and you can register to get a map right here,
and it's a completely free event.
Not only is it free for all, but the writers will be providing various liquid refreshments for you curious pilgrims & will also be doing five-minute readings from their works at the top of each hour. Among other things, possibly. I know Faires will be offering mini-martinis to his visitors as each hour begins, for instance, and La Ganga and Cotter have some sort of game planned, and Brenner's going to be passing out chapbooks and giving people a chance to hold his pet scorpion, and so forth.
(It's a Black Emperor scorpion named Swedgin, in case you were wondering.)
(La Ganga says it's her spirit animal.)
And we – all us writers and our cats and/or dogs and/or scorpions –
look forward to seeing you this weekend, friend!