Time for Change
This year has been a stressful, worrying time for most of us, certainly not the year we expected to have, COVID put paid to that!
Like many of the writers who have struggled pulling those ideas and stories from their head to put into their novel or WIP, I’ve struggled too.
I pushed myself to publish ‘A Different Happy’, my third novel, even though the time didn’t feel right.
I sat for many hours mulling over the characters lives in novel #4, still it didn’t feel right.
Now, I’m heading for a big birthday, not the celebrations I had in mind for it back at the start of the year, a weekend at the Cork Jazz Festival with family and friends. Yet a big birthday is cause for celebration and I decided to mark this new decade of my life with a new challenge, still creative, just not writing!
So, for now, I have decided that it’s time for a change, let me introduce my new companion, my harp!
I don’t know if any of you are familiar with Twitch, my musically talented sons introduced me to it during lockdown. It was while watching a live stream of a lady called Lisa playing the harp that I fell in love with the instrument, immediately feeling my stress levels lower. I became obsessed; learning to play the harp was all I could think about.
My wonderful husband and kids (they are all fully-fledged adults by the way, but always my kids) clubbed together to by me this amazing instrument, a 34 String Camac Telen Lever Harp in Maple.
It’s not as easy to play as those on Twitch and YouTube make it look, believe me, but I am enjoying the discipline of practising every day, and now a smidgen of a tune is starting to develop.
So for now I’m taking a break from my regular blog posts to play the harp. I do hope that not stressing about writing will mean that one day I’ll become keen to meet up with my characters and begin writing again.
Thank you to all of you who have visited my website and read my posts, I really do appreciate it.
Stay safe everyone, follow your heart, do something that you love, and hope for a brighter 2021