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
A life of self-promotion is exhausting!
What a month! At the end of February I got to perform in the In Harmony concert – that’s the women’s band that I was in last time we lived in Cleveland, and the same band that I drove six hours to perform with a couple years ago. They had another concert, and I was… Continue reading FYI Magazine and A Hevria Article
I love connecting with people. I enjoy the stimulation of reading the articles my friends post, seeing what others are up to and laughing at the brilliant silliness that can be found online. But at some point a darker emotion edged in. It snuck up on me as I saw a website launched that I… Continue reading Stop Looking At Other People’s Grass Already And Plant Your Own Garden
Oh my gosh, you guys. For the past seven or so years, I’ve been able to keep up this blogging business, writing posts up and uploading pictures, and it’s been, more or less, fine. Some of my friends have asked “how do you do it?!!” and I was all, “oh, I don’t know, I just… Continue reading Ugh, Blogging Burnout
The more success I’ve had in my writing ventures, the more reticent I’ve become about talking about it in real life. I can’t entirely explain why this is, but I suspect it has something to do with this. Last night it happened as some fellow moms and I were returning from a parenting class. We… Continue reading Don’t Ask Me About My Writing. Or Maybe Do.