Quote of the Day: One child, one teacher, one book and one pen can change the world. Malala Yousafzai
Today is another group posting of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group! Time to release our fears to the world – or offer encouragement to those who are feeling neurotic. If you’d like to join us, click on the tab above and sign up. We post the first Wednesday of every month. You can also visit the founder Alex J. Cavanaugh for more info and links.
July 1 question – There have been many industry changes in the last decade, so what are some changes you would like to see happen in the next decade?
I’d like to see more independent book publishers succeed. It’s working in the music industry. With the help of internet, social media, and influencers, smaller presses and independents, can succeed. It will help those of us trying to get started in the business.
Well, “Trying” is a loose word. I’m not really trying right now. I feel stagnant from the distractions of the pandemic and societal unrest. I’m frustrated by people and institutions that I once turned to. Theaters will remain dark until the new year. I’m sad that I won’t be viewing and reviewing the way I used to. Still, I’m heartened by organizations that are providing outdoor performances, video and streaming options for viewing, and people who are willing to make adjustments. I guess I can include myself in that group.
Once the lock down was lifted here in Minnesota, I invited my piano students back to in person lessons. We’d done video chat lessons during the lock down, to varying success. It was more challenging for me, I’m sure. It was fun doing lessons in the garage – a little glimpse into being in a Garage Band. And, I set up outside for Driveway Concerts, with just a few students at a time to ensure social distancing. They turned out great. I even played on the final night. I did four concerts and would like to do another one in August for summer students and anyone who missed out in June.
So, highs and lows of pandemic life adjustments. I’ve really been in a slump with my fiction writing. Maybe it’s not meant to be. Maybe my voice isn’t the one people want/need to hear right now.
As always, music is my refuge, my solace, and my place to process what’s going on in my own life and in the world.
Go. Create. Inspire!
Journaling Prompt: How is the pandemic and worldwide crisis affecting you? What creative things have you done during this time?
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What a clever idea! Looks like the kids really enjoyed it as well.
Yes, they did. The parents did, too. We might continue these in the future.
I love the driveway concert idea! Glad everyone enjoyed it.
Thanks! I sure did!
Flexibility is a part of creativity and you certainly found that with the music. I have felt unfocused during the lockdown, as have others I know, some felt stagnant, as you did. I think it’s a natural reaction, but also believe when the time is right, the creativite juices will return in full force.
Thanks, Donna. That’s encouraging.
So many different industries are in a bad way and I’m really worried about the future of live entertainment/theatre.
Driveway Concerts sounds like a wonderful idea!
I did loads of reading during our initial lockdown, more than I’ve done in a long, long time.
I also picked up my crochet hook and opened an old pattern. Didn’t do too bad with it.
I tried to play a bit of piano… my intention was to continue working on Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata.
I’ve also been playing “Moonlight Sonata.” That’s the one I did at the Driveway Concert.
Would love to do a piano duet one day…
That would be wonderful!
Look at your students! How sweet. Bet they were happy to see you again.
There are so many independent record labels and many don’t rely on the stores. They have Amazon Music, Pandora, and iTunes for people to sample. Plus many small bands tour like crazy. But it works. Now if small publishers could just make it work better for us.
Yes, Diane. I thought of you and Dancing Lemur Press. You’ve got what it takes!
A wider range of successful publishers would be a good thing.
I agree Patsy.
The driveway concert is a great idea. I’m completely in sync about the independent publishers part, the more successful independent publishers in the industry the better for writers.
Oh, I LOVE the idea of driveway concerts. Did people stop to listen?
Hey, people will always want to hear your voice, but perhaps music is exactly the kind of creativity you need right now. As I said whenever I wrote my big pandemic-rant blog, I think the pressure on all of us to be creative and productive right now is misplaced. People are scared. People are sad, people are grieving. Even with some places opening up, it still isn’t the same.
I say, do what makes you happy right now, and if writing has to wait, so be it. It’s not going anywhere. Finding joy is way more important than suffering for your art.
Thanks, JH. I needed to hear (read) that today. Making music and listening to some audio books. Also, drawing in my art journal.
This brightened my day. Thanks, Mary.
Love the driveway concert idea.