The Chair (#poem #NaPoWriMo)

Tears silently fall on cheeks so small
Memories flow as tales unfold
Satin caresses on aqua robes
Brown padded comfort as warm as hugs

Golden child who squeezes and purrs
Offering gifts of strings of pearls
Far more valued that rarest gold
Holding on to folds of love

Moving on means leaving behind
Tenderly held what once was mine
Never again with love once shared
Rocking in that old brown chair

Juggling the Arts During #Covid-19 #AtHome

Before Covid-19, I pretty much spent most of my time in my home studio/office, so staying at home isn’t that new to me. But I felt like I had to make a choice between pursuing music and writing fiction. They seemed to use different parts of my brain, and I felt like I couldn’t juggle them all that well. That I *must* choose one in order to be successful.

Now I’ve realized during this time that it’s too difficult to focus on just one. My brain is more scattered right now. So how do I turn this into something good? Well, I’m not only pursuing both writing (brain) and music (ears), but also creating videos (visual), embracing three of my senses, instead of just one. Besides, how do I know which one might take off more than the other? Diversification seems wise to me now.

So, how do I determine which one to work on when? I suit up and show up. I let the muse decide.

What projects am I working on in particular?

  • Editing my manuscript in progress
  • Gaining skills in music production through classes
  • Producing my FAWM album and writing music for TAXI listings
  • Creating videos from a variety of trips to Disneyland, Disney World, and Cruises

The latter idea was spurned on when I noticed our 22-second video of Oasis of the Seas started getting crazy views (at least for us with a brand new channel).

At last count, it’s over 15K. You can check it out here. While you’re there, please subscribe. 🙂

Also, check out our Travel Adventures blog, including our adventures in moving/house building.

Anyway, just uploading that one video started me thinking about creating/uploading more videos and I’ve discovered I really enjoy it because I’m also a visual artist, not just audio and cerebral.

What have you discovered about yourself and what you enjoy that took you by surprise?

 

Raining Men: Free E-Book Promotion (#Covid19)

With so many authors and others offering deals and freebies during this Covid-19 #stayhome period, I thought I’d do the same. So starting Tuesday, April 24 through Saturday, April 18, Raining Men (A Novella) is available as a Free ebook. Get your copy here.

Raining Men

When California girl Brooke Slade, looking for love in all the wrong places, is presented with an opportunity to move to the Pacific Northwest, she turns it down, refusing to leave her life in Sunny California. But when she loses her job, she decides to give the Northwest a chance for thirty days and discovers it’s raining more than the wet stuff – it’s raining men. Wading through so many Mr. Wrongs, can she find Mr. Right?

Free Short Stories Collection Bonus when you buy the Paperback version.

(Note: Not available on Smashwords during this Kindle enrollment period).

Shakin My Bagpipe – What’s Keeping Me Sane (#Covid19)

During this lockdown, the one that keeps me sane is music. And I can’t seem to get enough of “Shake That Bagpipe” and the SIDH album. Which is absolutely hilarious considering my history with bagpipes. We had a family joke about how everywhere I went, bagpipes would suddenly appear. Like the time I got off work after my shift ended at 11 pm (fast food restaurant) and only slept a couple of hours before I went on a fishing trip to the Oregon Coast with my family when I was 16.

So there I am sleeping in the car while the others were either fishing or watching the fishing. And wouldn’t you know it? Here came the bagpipes waking me up. Lol! That was just one of many stories about me and bagpipes.

So what changed? EDM (Electronic Dance Music) and the bagpipes paired with awesome drums! Check it out here.

Morning Jazz with Dad

Now that I’ve reclaimed my sacred space, writing fiction and music in my casita, I sip my morning coffee and play a curated Jazz playlist on YouTube Music with a photo of my dad standing in the background. I feel his presence and it comforts me.

Working on my music will have to wait, because my ears are for sharing Jazz with my dad. Jazz was his music. Listening to the Diana Krall album I shared with him, he said, “I’m in love!” Always a romantic, that was my dad.

He read everything I wrote (even if it wasn’t exactly his genre), and he said to me, “Keep writing. You must fulfill your destiny.” So I am torn as I juggle both music and writing, but I can’t leave either behind. So I go with the muse. Today feels like a writing day.

At a time like this, when the whole world is stressed about this current situation, it’s good to remind ourselves of other tough times we’ve lived through. And if you’re young enough that this is your first tough time, well, know this, that you will later recall how you got through this and it will help you undergo whatever you need to get through in your future.

For me, one of the toughest things was growing up without my dad, being told my step dad was my dad, and later discovering he (dad) wasn’t the bad guy, and he (step dad) wasn’t the hero she tried to make him out to be. During my search for my father, I uncovered secrets and why they purposely kept my dad (and his family) out of my life. Part of the story was told in Myths of the Fatherless, but I’ve been thinking about revisiting the story and telling the whole story.

My dad is gone now, but I’m thankful for the time we had together. This photo is the gift I was given after he was gone.

My Isolation Has Been Invaded by Everybody “Self-Isolating”

In the artist world, “Isolation courts the muse.”

As a writer and music producer, isolation is my normal life and one I love. I’m in my element here.

EXCEPT now that the world is forced into isolation, the wrong kind of people are doing it. They can’t stand the isolation so now everywhere I go electronically, there they are making a BIG noise about creating more online communities, live-streams, growing by the hour! Writing groups, music groups, cruising groups, Disney groups, groups from every direction. Anything to break their isolation. My email is FILLED with these announcements. The pressure to join in is great!

NOW that churches are online only, they are also creating a large number of live-streams of sermons, masses, liturgies, readings and prayers. I love them but a little goes a long way. My email is FILLED with announcements. The pressure to join in can’t help be felt just because they exist.

Their numbers are growing on a daily basis because the world can’t do anything unless it beats a good idea to death.

And now they’ve invaded my SACRED space.

I can’t wait for the world to get back to work and going about their noisy business and leaving me to my artist life. I can’t wait to drop in at church once a week and spend my own private prayer time alone at home. Having the world in your virtual space is too much for any introvert.

Truly, I hope that more opportunities/acceptance to work remotely will grow moving forward but only for those suited for it. We need to honor who people are and how they work best. This can only benefit their employers, spyware not needed.

Staying Upbeat in the Writing, Travel, Disney, and Cruise Community

During this difficult time, I noticed that writers are actively seeking out other writer’s books, asking where to buy them, and cruise/Disney vloggers are actively uploading vids that are uplifting. I love this.

One of the cruise vloggers (Scott Singer Cruises) I subscribe to uploaded a vlog from his 2019 Alaska cruise this morning. I noticed it really picked people up. For me, too. So I started sorting through some of my travel and cruise videos and uploading them.

And why not combine both – my love for travel, cruising, and writing books set on cruise ships and other touristy locales. Here are some links you night be interested in:

Travel Blog (Two4Disney) – Covers Disney, Cruising, Las Vegas, and other Travels with a link to my novels, too.

Two4Disney on YouTube – A few of our travel adventures uploaded in small bites. More to come. Not much of a channel yet, but why not subscribe and let’s build this thing together.

Screamie Birds Studios – My writing/music web site where I keep you up-to-date on my latest music and fiction creations.

 

Deja Vu at the Blue Diamond Saloon, the Book, the Poem, the Tour, and Now the Song (#FAWM)

You may recall that I’d just finished a publicity tour for my psychological suspense novel, Deja Vu at the Blue Diamond Saloon at the end of 2019 before starting FAWM on February 1st. Well, during the tour, I’d written a poem about the book here.

So, naturally, I turned that into a song for FAWM 2020. Check it out. I hope you like it – the song, poem, the tour, and the book. 🙂

Little Red Riding Hood (#amwriting)

Now that FAWM 2020 is over, I can get back to some blogging and even some writing – oh yeah! Scenes are already coming to me for one of my wips I’m just beginning.

And then, of course, the accompanying song, which happens to be “Little Red Riding Hood,” one of my Uncle Ron’s favorite songs to play back when he was touring. He’s definitely inspiration for one of the characters I plan to write today.