Miscellany

The Blessing Of Routine

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

Mesorah (Jewish stuff)

The Week I Wrote More Articles Than Ever Before

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

Mesorah (Jewish stuff) · Miscellany

What makes a writer a writer?

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?

Miscellany

When A Piece Is Too Private

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

Music

It’s Not Easy Being Creative

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

Miscellany

Inside the Mind of A Creative Person

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

Miscellany

Invasion of the Stink Bugs!

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!

Miscellany

How To Manage Your Inner Critic

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