was a whirlwind couple of days once again, but this time I felt more
prepared, more relaxed, less overwhelmed. I just stuck to the schedule
this time and let Fate guide me the rest of the way.
It was the first year, I think, that as many people approached me
(“Hey, you’re Paul Woodson!) as I did them (“Hey, you’re Narrator
McFamous!”), which allowed for more casual interaction and less pressure
to be that sort of creepy-assertive-proactive-convention-stalker type.
(Which I’m bad at anyway.)
It was still humbling of course to hear such stalwarts give excellent readings at the Listening Lounge, and watch the #Audies
winners stroll in to the #Naudies
in their tuxes and gowns and medals, but it felt like a room I was
welcome in; the atmosphere was warm and embracing. I drank far less this
year too, so I actually can remember the Naudies from beginning to end,
and I don't think I told any bad jokes to drive Jeffrey Kafer away this time. Mission accomplished!
Thanks to everybody who has helped usher me along on this adventure bit
by bit; you are too numerous to name, but it has been a great ride so
far and I have no intentions of getting off the coaster! I will try
always to keep narrating quality work, and routinely to have a fresh FB
selfie of me with a pint in the foreground or a mountain in the
background (or ideally both simultaneously). 🍺🏔
Sorry my lovely wife Christine (and Kellgren doppelgänger, which was the source of mistaken-identity
humor last year in Chicago) was not around at the festivities; but she
has been informed of your interest, and I will make sure she meets you
all again next time round!
And after enough brutally honest
conversation with you all, I will finally concede that yes, I did indeed
marry up. She’s way out of my league and far too hot for me. I do get
the message loud and clear.
I didn’t get enough pictures of the events myself, but it’s been a
pleasure seeing all of yours! I feel so honored to be a part of such an
intelligent, talented, attractive, and generous group. Hoping to
continue to get to know you all better as each year comes round! Cheers! 🍻