Sometimes when I write a piece, I know exactly what I want to say, exactly where to start, where to go and how to wrap it up. Other times, I’ll have a vague idea and after a couple of drafts, a clear vision will form and then I’ll finish it up. This week, I started… Continue reading Love, True Love
In the aftermath of something horrific, I always feel the desire to post something, to say something, to suss out some emotion I can share. But I usually can’t. I’m usually too deep in the actual feeling of the emotion to be able to sort through it in a coherent enough way to turn it… Continue reading Responding To Tragedy
Finally! Finally finally! I am back! Back to all the things! Tishrei was more relentless this year, and for a few reasons that I’m not gonna get into right now, I was head-down-just-make-it-through-the-day for most of the month. It was very overwhelming and today’s resumption of a more normal and less frenetic routine (though, let’s… Continue reading The Blessing Of Routine
Over time, I’ve noticed a pattern I follow for creative gigs. I say yes to a number of opportunities, not realizing that the deadlines will all coincide roughly around the same time, then work frenetically to meet said deadlines, vow to never do it again, feel a pleasant sense of accomplishment, forget the feeling of… Continue reading The Week I Wrote More Articles Than Ever Before
I’ve been doing a lot of writing lately, which is great, really. This summer has been, predictably, very busy, and while I have been a responsible musician and busted out my clarinet for some very thrilling (/sarcasm) foundational practice, those practice sessions have been far more sporadic than I would like. But writing is easy.… Continue reading What makes a writer a writer?
What a couple of weeks, you guys. I performed La Traviata with the Cleveland Women’s Orchestra and the Cleveland Opera, that was great, and now we’re prepping for our Severance Hall Concert, which is going to be spectacular. I also spent much of this week writing a very difficult piece which, ultimately, I scrapped. After… Continue reading When A Piece Is Too Private
Yeah, I’m channeling the original lyrics of Kermit singing “It’s not easy being green,” just adjusting it to my own needs. I was so close to posting three weeks in a row, but, alas, I was pretty sick last week (totally overdid it the week before and suffered the consequences) and did not have the… Continue reading It’s Not Easy Being Creative
I was thinking about naming this piece “Inside the Mind of This Particular Creative Person,” but with SEO and all that I figured I’d go with the more generic title. That’s one little peek inside my creative process. Over at Hevria this week, I took a long, long look at all the things that go… Continue reading Inside the Mind of A Creative Person
About three-and-a-half years ago, we were dealing with a serious stink bug infestation. I posted about it (and other fun homeownership stuff) here. It was such a memorable experience that it’s been on my to-do list to write about for all those years, but it was never quite the right time, and I could never… Continue reading Invasion of the Stink Bugs!
I’ve been writing regularly for long enough now (over a decade!) that you might think I never deal with self-doubt or critical thoughts or insecurities or writer’s block. Bahahahahaha. I deal with all of that, and sometimes (a lot of the time?), the more “successful” pieces I write, the more pressure I put on myself… Continue reading How To Manage Your Inner Critic