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Changing Things Up A Little

So life is crazy and hectic but I love my blog and want to do more with it–I am stuck at a crossroads of sorts: keep this as a once a week hobby blog or buckle down and really make this blog a creative hub. There is a lot to do if I want to do the second– starting with  MORE POSTS! I’ll get to the rest of my plan for global blog domination later, hehe.

I have tried posting every day and that just doesn’t work for me. The time spent on blog posts every day is less time working on my actual creative projects. It is a conundrum, I know. Posting once a week though seems like not enough to keep my readership interested and more importantly to grow my readership. SO  my compromise is this: Monday, Wednesday, Friday will be my main days for actual posts with Tuesday and Thursdays being reserved for extra tidbits I come up with but isn’t required.  Why are you sharing all this with us, you ask? Because writing things down and sharing them is a good way to create a contract with yourself.  Well, at least it is for me. If I put this out there as my plan I am going to work a lot harder not to disappoint.

So there we go.

Music Mondays, Writing Wednesday, and Fantastic Fridays (most likely visual arts related, but who knows!)

The second part of my plan for my blog is to devote a certain amount of time reading and commenting on other blogs. I can’t expect people to comment on mine if I don’t reciprocate. So we will see! 2018 is just around the corner and I want it to be a big year for our little Steamgear Tavern!

So random , I know!


Brainstorming! #amwriting

Nothing like being trapped backstage during an estate planning event to get the creative juices flowing! Haha! (No really, I don’t mind my job! Love it in fact!) I’m not sure if this will make sense but here we go.

So I have struggled with how to end the Chronicles of Captain Stormhaven for a looooong time but I think I have figured out how I want it to end. It’s part Magnificent Seven, part Winter Soldier but I think it will work well for the overall story of Captain Stormhaven as well as be more different that this makes it sound.

The clues lead Winter and her crew to Sweet Destiny, Arizona Territory (still need to world build exactly how America works in this world!) and seemingly hit a dead end. The town has been under siege by a mad man and his mechanical monsters and the desperate townsfolk hire Winter and her crew to help them defend the town. They prep the town and it’s folks for fighting and in the process of the final battle Winter glimpses William although he is not the same man (half man half mechanical creature) and he doesn’t remember her at all.  

I know it seems like a kind of cliche western story but western stories sort of rest on cliches a little bit–archetypes is a better word for it. What is the difference between archetypes and cliches? Without looking anything definitive up to me it feels like archetypes are more positive in their perceptions and rooted in academic terms while cliches seems to focus more on the negative aspects of the thing or person being portrayed. The thing I like about cliches is taking them, establishing them within a story and then finding the ONE way to turn it on it’s head and create something new from it. 

Wow, that sort of spiraled into something else! 




It has been awhile…

I do apologize.  Soon after my last post in June I got quite busy with running summer camps and starting a new job. Now I am nicely settled in with the job and the school year has started I can get back to my routine of blogging!

In the world of music I will say that one of my favorite thing for kids to do is to move around to music–all kinds of music and coincidentally enough it is the children’s favorite part of the day too.  We call it Dance Party and some times we add a freeze component when the music stops.  It is a lot of fun.

Our playlist includes: Elvis, Danny Elfman, Cirque du Soleil,  Funkytown, Immigrant Song, Cecilia, Oingo Boingo, How to Train Your Dragon Soundtrack, techno, ZZ Top and just about everything in between. A lot of the kids will ask for certain songs so they can go home and download them.  It is nice to know I can help expand the musical horizons beyond Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber and especially Kesha *shiver*



Unintentional Side Career…

So summer is the season of weddings!  I do love it, however this season I have a different role than usual.  For the two weddings I will be a part of this season I will be providing music!

Yes, I have been asked to play my violin at these two weddings, something which is new, exciting and a little scary all at the same time.

Between the two weddings I will be playing everything from Norah Jones, Irish waltzes and Sinead O’Connor to Florence and the Machine and Presbyterian hymns.

It will be an adventure!


First wedding is up in a week.  I will tell you the results!




A Little Musical History, Part I

If I am to write about music as my passion I feel that I should introduce myself and give a little history on my love of music.

Some of my earliest memories are of hearing the twangy guitars and nasal vocals of the old school country singers like George Jones, Johnny Cash, and Clint Black.  Their broken hearts and sad times filling my ears as I rode around with my mom to the grocery store or with my dad to the hardware store sometimes fascinating me, sometimes annoying me.

At the age of eight I began violin lessons.  I won’t lie to you and tell you I was a gifted virtuoso that practiced four hours a day–no, to be honest I was a horrible student of music.  I hated practicing; didn’t have the patience for it, and me and my dad fought on more than one occasion.  I wanted to be out side playing, or reading a book.  However, through thick and through thin I stuck with it and after winning a few local Kiwanis Talent shows thought that it could be fun and actually began practicing.  In this realm of music I was straddling two different worlds–my formal lessons were in classical music.  I started with Suzuki book number one, the standard of the day, as well as other theory and scale exercises that help build up finger dexterity and rhythm and was pretty cut and dry.  At the same time I was completely fascinated by the Old Time, Irish, and Bluegrass music that my dad was playing.  It seemed so much more fun, more free form, more energetic, and to this day I have to admit I really prefer playing that kind of music.

At the age of ten a place called Sweetwater Coffeehouse opened over in Sautee, and I began sitting in with my dad and some friends of him while they picked music.  It was magic to me to see a group of people working together to create music: banjo, fiddle, guitar, and whatever rhythm instruments there were, sometimes bodhran sometimes just a pair of spoons but hypnotizing nonetheless.