Just Musician Things–An Update

So I just finished two hours of violin recordings. It’s a really, really weird experience. In a recital, you’ve got an audience. For a recording, it’s you, the crew, a pianist, and a gloriously empty theatre. That’s not to say there isn’t an adrenaline rush. There is. It’s almost impossible, even to another musician, toContinue reading “Just Musician Things–An Update”

Just Musician Things (June 22, 2021)

I’ve started thinking in music. I have not the slightest idea what this means. To be fair, I’ve always had a different relationship with music than most people. Music is as physical as it is auditory for me because I am a musician. I can feel the different places in my head, my throat, myContinue reading “Just Musician Things (June 22, 2021)”

Writing Update: June Mermaids and Paganini

Unblocked. I think. Sort of. I am writing about mermaids. Or I will be. Right now I am writing about a shy, stuffy little professor-type in 1901 who blushes whenever a pretty girl is in the room and who is following the plot about as much as a sleepy cat chasing a pussy willow. WhichContinue reading “Writing Update: June Mermaids and Paganini”

Concert Recipe

Ingredients 1 Violin (or orchestral instrument of choice) too much rosin on the bow if you’re nervous Is the bow hair tight enough now? No, it’s too tight. Now? Maybe. Is it bouncy? Does it bounces? 1 shot caffeine 2 shots adrenaline (administer both caffeine and adrenaline with caution, like peppermint oil or lemon zest)Continue reading “Concert Recipe”

Hello. Did you miss me?

So I’m not dead. Nor have I quit blogging. A dragon still hasn’t swept down and decimated my suburban village, I didn’t disappear into the void or get lost trying to find my way out of hallways stacked full of books. Just thought you might like to know. I meant to post. Regularly. Often. I’veContinue reading “Hello. Did you miss me?”

Violin Recital: The Adrenaline, the Excitement, and the fact that it’s tomorrow

So a little life update. I’m having my first solo violin recital tomorrow. In translation–I’m going to play like 33 minutes of classical music onstage with just a pianist behind me instead of a symphony orchestra around me. The difference is akin to dueling versus being part of a Roman legion.

Writing Update: May 12, 2020

My writing brain tends to click on at the most inopportune times. One o’clock in the morning on a regular basis. While moving house. During university finals. So here I am, craziest time of the year, elbow-deep in urban fantasy. Again. Can’t say I’m anything but perfectly happy about it. It’s not great for gettingContinue reading “Writing Update: May 12, 2020”

Life off the Page: Castle Music

Where was I today? Umm…playing “Meditation” on my violin inside a castle chapel/great hall and listening to the fantastic acoustics as my music reached the painted clouds? Serious, I wasn’t just daydreaming when I was reading. It was real. The castle is called Chateau Charmant, and it’s smack in the middle of a patch ofContinue reading “Life off the Page: Castle Music”

Nerd Cons and Adventures

So I spent my Saturday with a group of mercenaries happily attacking each other with steel weapons, waving at the Queen, participating in the arrest of anti-heroes, and playing as much fiddle music as I could.

Is it true most people just have friends over to watch a movie on the weekends and order a pizza?

Playing the Fiddler

By now, some of you may have realized I get unusual jobs. Be a strolling player at a Renaissance festival? Play electric violin for a private studio concert? Sure, why not? But the job I took in mid-November (smack in the middle of NaNoWriMo) was probably the most unusual for a while. Job Description: Wanted:Continue reading “Playing the Fiddler”

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