Let me tell you about the day an idiot invaded my body and gobbled up what there is of my brain. It was yesterday, actually. A good friend gave my name, along with several other NJ and NY authors, to a TV Producer who's doing a feature on romance writers. Out of all the amazing authors I assumed she had to choose from, I really didn't think she'd contact me. But she did. Via email. She introduced herself, explained their objective, and invited me to call or email her if I was interested. But, of course, I was interested! This was, my friends, an incredible promo opportunity.
I started to email back. I feel more comfortable with email. However, I thought a phone call would be the wiser choice. Not.
I wasn't nervous. I swear I wasn't nervous. I've been a professional performer for bukoo years. I talk over the microphone all the time. To lots of people. This was one person, over the phone. No big whoop. I thought she'd answer and we'd have a short conversation. I can do the conversation thing. I'm quite friendly, honest. But I didn't get her. I got her voice mail. And for some reason that caught me off guard. Suddenly, I felt self-conscious. Or maybe that was the sensation of an idiot worming its way into my body and gobbling up my brain, because the stilted, bumbled words that came out of my mouth couldn't have been coming from me.
I hung up the phone dazed. I'd sounded like an idiot. I didn't even leave my phone number. She's going to hear that message and think, "This person can't even form one coherent sentence. Interviewing her would be like interviewing Homer Simpson. Pass."
So I backed up my idiotic phone message, with a sane email. I haven't heard back from her yet. I'll be pleasantly surprised if I do. Meanwhile, this was a huge lesson learned. I should have thought out what I was going to say, before I dialed that number. I should have taken a second to prepare. Or at least a second or two to look over my shoulders and confirm no Brain Snatchers were in sight. *g*
So make me feel better, folks. When's the last you made an idiot of yourself on the phone?