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. 

Piano Lessons in my garage during the Time of Covid-19


Getting ready for the Driveway Concert, with costume piece for “The Green Frog Hop.”

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. 

Sister accompanying sister during our Driveway Concerts, June 2020. Gorgeous night, relaxed atmosphere. A great alternative to a traditional piano recital.


A few of my students, and me, on the fourth and final Driveway Concert, June 2020.

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?