Nearly forgot, life has had many ups and downs recently – but Happy Belated Easter!
Archive for the ‘Writing’ Category
I haven’t posted for a while. Like a lot of people in the UK, I’ve succumbed to a recurrent winter virus – a cross between a lingering cold and ongoing fatigue. I’ve continued editing my current novel, though, and practising the piano when one is available.
Recently, I heard of a new opportunity for writers – Amazon’s KDP Paperback Print on Demand Service. I think the service is still in the beta testing stage, but it does sound like promising idea and I believe it is/will be free (printing costs deducted from royalties).
Anyway, something to think about.
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.
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.
I haven’t blogged much recently. After finishing a major piece of writing – crime fiction – and returning to work, I needed a break of sorts. I’ve been polishing my piano repertoire with Mozart, Chopin and Liszt, and practising my four languages.
I’ve also found time to deepen my interest in breathing. I first became curious during a stint of CBT, during which the practitioner gave me a book and CD that included various exercises. At the time, I was still smoking – quite heavily, in fact – and I had a high rate of breaths per minutes, roughly 16/17.
Four years on, my breathing rate has dropped to 10 or 11, and I feel much calmer. Quitting smoking played a crucial role in this, but so has abdominal breathing.
I don’t feel qualified to make suggestions about which breathing exercises people should attempt – but clearly simple breathing techniques done in a relaxed manner should benefit most people. Obviously, anyone with a medical condition should check first, but generally there’s something for everyone.
Just a few of my thoughts.
Back to gloomy autumn weather and a wait to hear news on the latest novel, a psychological thriller.
Talking of which…after high temperatures and a late summer, the weather suddenly changed. I woke up at around 3am on Thursday, aware of the steady thud of rain outside. Lightning flickered, causing the clock radio to crackle. Thunder roared close by.
Generally, I like storms, but I lay there unsettled, thinking of another storm that took place when I was a child, maybe five or six years old. When that storm occurred, I fled from the bedroom, convinced that the house was haunted and that the ghosts were pursuing me. Obviously, I have no idea whether the house was really haunted. However, from time to time, I’ve found certain places or atmospheres disquieting right from the start, and still do occasionally. So I suppose I must believe in the possibility of hauntings and ghosts, although the whole thing scares me.
Anyway, I think the above would do well in a psychological thriller.