I haven’t posted anything for a while. The cold continues, along with the grey and the general malaise associated with this time of year. The British public longs for spring. I certainly do.
I’ve continued reworking the draft of my novel, a psychological thriller set in the north of the country. As I’ve said in previous posts, tightening sections of the story can improve the narrative; however, it can also create issues. Perhaps in the rewriting, some of the original spirit of the story vanishes.
A common problem.
The solution, then, is to take a break of a few weeks, read the amended sections, place asterisks by the sections that require further attention, then consider adding some of the original writing by these asterisks sentences.
Worth a try, anyway, in my opinion.
Just a few of my thoughts.
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Here is the complete sonata, with me as soloist.
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Social media has changed our lives a lot.
So has blogging and Content Management Systems, opening up countless opportunities, often free of charge.
As a classically trained musician, I’m particularly interested in sharing my piano playing over the internet and beyond. Using a good quality phone and recording app, I’ve made several videos recently, including the one below – Schubert’s 3rd impromptu op 90, no 3.
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The list may appear endless. Grey skies. Rain. Worries over Brexit. Fears about Trump. Low finances from the Christmas period. Waiting to get paid. Etc, etc.
For me, things aren’t quite so bleak. Obviously, I don’t like the weather or the general season, but I have plenty of hope for 2017. I think it will be a good year overall.
Let’s hope I’m right.
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On a side note, my blog here at WordPress reaches its eighth birthday this week.
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The last twelve months have been hectic, so I need a couple of weeks to recharge. During the festive period, I will still do a small amount of creative writing each day, along with my foreign language studies and piano practise (access to an instrument allowing). Mostly, though, I hope to relax and read.
Curently, I’m doing specific breathing exercises at least twice a day, designed to activate the parasympathetic nervous system (relaxation) whilst promoting clarity. I can already feel some of the benefits. For instance, after several years of knee problems, I can now run up a set of steep steps without any problem, using core muscles.
In the meantime, I wish to post a YouTube video of Summertime by George Gershwin. I used a good quality phone to record myself playing Summertime and feel the overall recording is reasonable, although not record label standard.
One day, maybe.
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