top of page

Reading "Last Sermon"

Updated: Feb 4, 2020

In 2018, I had the wonderful opportunity to do my first reading. I was invited to read for 15 minutes at a biannual event hosted by my fellow writers from Hour After Happy Hour (a writers group in Pittsburgh, PA that I was a part of). While that day was joyous, I learned much more about being alone than the mechanics of pulling off a good reading.

Reading is only half...

I won't make this long or drawn out because honestly I want you to listen to my reading, but I want to explain something: I loved doing that reading. I cherished every moment because it was the first time someone asked me to share my writing in front of a live audience. It was like they were saying "we see you and we hear you and others should too."

So for that I am forever grateful. The first lesson I learned was that it's not easy to read for 15 minutes and keep people engaged so your story or whatever better be damn good. But the other thing I realized standing there in front of that crowd of people is that, I was alone.

“It was like they were saying "we see you and we hear you and others should too.”

It wasn't supposed to be like that...

No really. While, I didn't have many friends in Pittsburgh at the time, I had invited the two I had. I also had invited my boyfriend (now ex). He lived 4hrs away but I really wanted him there. Of course, none of them could make it, so I found myself at an unfamiliar venue trying to hold conversations with the few writers I knew. Then as I sat down and looked around everyone else seemed to be there with someone. Other readers had some level of support in the audience. I was all alone.

It made me sad but not in a weepy way. It just let me know that I was definitely time to move on. Time to leave the beautiful city of Pittsburgh and it was certainly time to surround myself with the support I craved and needed. Almost six months later, I packed up for Maryland...And what a trip that was.

What's Next???

Well, this blog is going to be about me and my writing and my travels and my life. It's been a long time since I wrote or recorded a blog, so this is my return to this space. I'll be sharing and revealing myself in a way I haven't done before...And I want you all to go on this journey with me.

Sit back, listen to my reading, and stay tuned for the next post.

Until then, love well...


p.s. I stole "love well" from a post by Bernice King after Kobe Bryant, his daughter, and seven others perished in a helicopter crash. R.I.P to the souls that were lost.

And to the living, give your flowers now, don't wait until it's too late.

16 views0 comments

Recent Posts

See All


Work with Jennifer on your next project.

© 2020 by Jennifer N. Shannon. All rights reserved.

bottom of page