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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.

Moonlight Sonata, Piano

Here is the complete sonata, with me as soloist. 

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.

Enjoy.

 

Chopin Prelude in C Minor op 28, no 20: http://youtu.be/lXqOIAWY_7g

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.

 

Grey skies.

Biting chill.

Frosty pavements.

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On a side note, my blog here at WordPress reaches its eighth birthday this week.