We've always been a family who packs the car and goes, even if it might be just for the weekend. I have a significant portion of family who lives in New England (and has for years) and it wasn't uncommon to head up there for a holiday or milestone event. (If you want a tangent, ask me about where we stayed for my cousin's wedding.)
I have been privileged enough to continue to travel domestically and abroad into my teen years and now as an adult. In recent years we've started going on week-long family vacations again, usually in mid- to late-February since that's usually shortly before my dad and I go back to work.
In 2016 we went to Savannah, GA. (There are some photos of that on my Instagram under #ollyadventuresinga.) It was during that week - I was on a Gray Line Trolley tour bus, actually - when I pitched during a Twitter party and CTP liked my tweet. (You know that story, it turns out fantastic.)
Last February we stayed a week in Virginia Beach, VA, which has a really great boardwalk and I can't tell you how much time I spent watching container ships come in off the ocean and then leave again. There was also a submarine sighting, too (there's a Naval base at Norfolk, which is pretty much right up the highway from Virginia Beach), and I watched a lot of sunrises that week because it's really cool to see the curvature of the earth right before the sun makes an appearance. There was also a pod of dolphins incredibly close most mornings, curving through the water.
This year, with a brief layover in Williamsburg, VA, we went down to where my mom and my sister have taken my niece for the past two spring breaks: North Myrtle Beach, SC.
Welcome to Monday. Hopefully yours is going well.
I didn't get as many words on the page this weekend as I wanted to, mostly because Thursday I fell down the rabbit hole that is tap videos on YouTube, Friday was my friend's birthday, and watched Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World something like five times this weekend because I'd rented it Friday from Amazon. (They give you three days with it and you can watch it as many times as you want.)
I could wax poetic about that movie's classical score. Fun fact: I wrote a good chunk of LADY OF SHERWOOD while listening to Boccherini's La Musica Notturna Delle Strade di Madrid, No. 6, Op.30. (I might do a classical music writing playlist post later, if anybody's interested.) There is, actually, a lot about this movie I could wax poetically about - mostly because I'm a huge Age of Sail fan - and the man who directed this film also directed my favorite movie of all time, Dead Poets Society.
That is a whole other set of posts right there, and we'll be here forever if you let me get going.
Back, however, to the tap YouTube rabbit hole. For those of you who might be a little new to following me, I started taking an adult tap dance class in September 2016. Tap's always been one of my favorite forms of dance, and something I had always wanted to learn. When I moved to Buffalo, I decided to just go for it, found a studio that offered adult classes at a very reasonable price, and gave it a whirl.
I love it.
Not only am I taking tap again this year, I decided to try jazz, too. (That's a little more outside my wheelhouse, but it's still fun and definitely challenging in different ways than tap.) One other result of this is that I occasionally wander down a rabbit hole on YouTube.
These are a couple of my favorites.
I listen to a lot of different things when I write, it really depends on what I'm working on, the mood of the scene, and the character.
I've always swapped out Pandora for Spotify, and listening to music in the apartment has gotten 250% better. My gym playlist is also called Five Mile Truffle Shuffle and I'm giving all of you who get that reference a billion thumbs up. For those who don't, The Goonies is an excellent movie, and I highly recommend it.
Anyway, you're here for the music. So let's get to that.
I am absolutely terrible when it comes to certain things. New Year's Resolutions. Blog posts. The usual.
This is a post about unofficial resolutions.
The 2017 holiday season was difficult in places. There was a lot going on behind the scenes, and I was miserably sick New Year's Eve weekend. The last thing anyone wants to do while they're tucked on the couch watching episode after episode of Say Yes to the Dress is figure out resolutions to go into 2018 with and break within the first two months.
I'll stick with little goals. Things like
- Reading diversely
- Take chances (good ones)
- Keep improving my rock climbing abilities
- Finish another novel (maybe more than one)
- Remember to take good care of me
- Carpe this diem and live life wide open
It's not an exhaustive list, but it's definitely a place to start.
No news yet on the query front, and we all know patience isn't exactly my strong suit. Here's hoping, anyway.
On the personal front, well....this should sum it up nicely. (And no, we weren't official or anything, but the sentiment is the same.)
I'll probably do a list of songs that I've been writing to this upcoming week. In the meantime, have a good weekend.
Hope & Kindness,
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