Open Mic Night!

On Friday, August 17th, I had the privilege of being the “spotlight author” at the monthly Open Mic Night at Broxton’s Coffee in Sierra Vista, AZ, sponsored by the Cochise Community Creative Writing Celebration. During my time in the spotlight, I talked about how my books, The Eternity Plague and Chrysalis, came to be, read the full opening scene from The Eternity Plague and a condensed version of the opening scene from Chrysalis, and then answered questions from the audience. The first half-hour or so of the event (all of my portion) was broadcast on Facebook Live too.

If you’d like to watch the video, you have three choices. The shortest version contains only my part of the event. It runs just over 21 minutes.

The medium length version includes organizer Beth Orozco’s opening comments. It runs a bit over 26 minutes.

The full-length version also includes coffee shop owner George Broxton’s comments at the beginning. It runs 29 and 1/2 minutes. This version is also available on Facebook at

2 comments to Open Mic Night!

  • msbmw72  says:

    You were really comfortable! Said hello to “Song”? as he/she walked in Really glad you got that microphone sorted out and the reading was GREAT! Questions from the audience were too! And…you had the requisite number of humorous remarks – short joke and all!

    • Ross Lampert  says:

      Thanks, Jackie. Yeah, I’m comfortable in those kinds of situations, and I know this crowd so that gives me more reason to be.

      Those were good questions. I realized later that I probably should have repeated the questions for the broadcast, but when I actually watched parts of it, the questions were audible, so that was good. That’s the first time I’ve used that microphone, so I didn’t know how it would work.

      I was glad to see Song show up. I’d only told him about the event the night before, so even though he was late, he was there.

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