Some experiences are fun, some are less than fun. About two months ago I tried one of each, at the exact same time.
I’ll explain: this September I was a speaker at a PechaKucha event in Winnipeg. What is that, you ask? Kinda like a TED talk but kinda different. That description gets you halfway there, or at least I hope so because that’s the way I kept explaining it to my family.
PechaKucha always brings out a diverse mix of speakers. Usually a strong showing from the local creative industry and a healthy amount of entrepreneurs. The organizers record the talks, there’s a slideshow that plays behind you on a huge screen, it’s a whole thing. I was feeling pretty jazzed about this one in particular because two friends of mine (Silvana Moran + Justin Ladia) were also set to be speaking that night so we all had a sort-of mutual embarrassment pact thing going on.
Since the theme of the night was “Grow” I decided to design my talk around generating ideas and what typically goes into creating a new Honey Dill comic from start to (near) finish. The preparation for my PK talk actually went pretty well; everything fit into the time limit, my slides were coming together nicely, it looked like relatively smooth sailing all the way to the finish line.
And it was until I got kidney stones two days before the show (dun dun duuuuuun!). That’s the “less than fun” experience. For those of you unfamiliar with kidney stones, I’ll try to sum up the general experience in four words: pain, pain, why, pain.
Two trips to the hospital and a fist full of mind-altering pain meds later, I still hadn’t actually cancelled my talk so I shrugged and said, “Eh, why not. I mean I want to soo.... yea.” People who knew what was going on all welcomed me the same way when I arrived at the theatre: Are you alive? Are you sure you’re alright? Do you want my bootleg painkillers? Luckily I didn’t need any because I was already flying on adrenaline and some sort of non-narcotic fairy dust from the friendly pharmacy lady.
In the end, the show went off without a hitch. Everyone did really well, actually. It was great overall for the night’s speakers and the PK organizers. What can I say? These things are fun, you guys.
Here’s the video, hope you like.