Living to tell about it, adventure reporter appears at Twain Center
Writing or speaking, Paul McHugh can wax eloquence.
“There’s a bifurcation between the skill sets and you have to jump over the gap,” said McHugh, who is just as likely to metaphorically pole vault the ravine dwelled by hungry, snapping alligators.
A former outdoor writer for the San Francisco Chronicle for 22 years and author of the award-winning novel “Deadlines,” McHugh put his life peril on numerous occasions to get a story. He shared some of those tales earlier this year in the Mark Twain Cultural Center at Incline Village. More adventures will be shared at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29, when he presents “Quite Risky to be A Bit Risque, Outdoor Stories I Could Never Write, Part II.”
McHugh explained his writing and speaking crafts.
“To be a writer in the first place means you’ve got to be comfortable with being by yourself,” he said. “You’ve got to be comfortable being immersed in a sea of words. You’ve got to be able to spend long hours alone putting the stuff together.
“Now there’s a certain amount of extroversion required to go out and get the information but to move from there into being a performer, it’s still words, it’s still stories, but now you’ve got to be quick on your feet and relatively fearless about facing an audience.”
Fearless can be a relative term. Come by the Twain Center to find out.