Journal Entry #30–Violin Update and First Day of Autumn on the Way

On my journey to get better at the violin, I bought a book of easy, Disney-themed violin sheet music. The selection ranges from older classics like “Baby Mine” from Dumbo to more recent releases such as “Let It Go” from Frozen. Knowing the songs that I’m playing has also made a difference in learning howContinue reading “Journal Entry #30–Violin Update and First Day of Autumn on the Way”

Journal Entry #29–Some Good News and Chaotic News

First, to start with some good news, 101 Words has published my short story, “Two Perspectives!” It has been a huge honor, and their website has a whole archive of flash fictions that are fun to read and check out. Additionally, my violin playing has been coming along bit by bit. I’ve managed to playContinue reading “Journal Entry #29–Some Good News and Chaotic News”

Journal Entry #28 – Learning the Violin: Day Two

Well, it’s Day Two of having a violin, and I’ve made some great strides in learning the notes on the finger board and a great deal about the instrument, in general. I’ve also snapped several strings, since the ones that came with the violin were kind of flimsy and apparently not installed properly for meContinue reading “Journal Entry #28 – Learning the Violin: Day Two”

Journal Entry #27–Adventures in Playing the Violin

UPS delivered my full-size (or 4/4) violin the other afternoon. It came in a comfy case, alongside a hydrometer (to measure the humidity), rosin (to lubricate the bow string), and extra strings. After getting over the initial wonder at the smooth texture of its body and lightness, other little details became apparent. For instance, IContinue reading “Journal Entry #27–Adventures in Playing the Violin”

Journal Entry #26–I’m Getting a Violin!

I happened to come across a reasonably priced violin on Amazon recently. Having always admired the sweet songs that violins can create, and curious about trying out a stringed instrument, I placed an order for it. Then my family members learned about this move, and started rushing out to order things like beginning violin booksContinue reading “Journal Entry #26–I’m Getting a Violin!”

Journal Entry #25–Line Editing Position and Learning Process

The last few days have been exciting in terms of my personal writing journey. Hopewell Publications, which runs The US Review of Books where I work as a book reviewer, offered an opportunity to join them in their latest venture of offering manuscript editing services. I submitted an application and got accepted as a lineContinue reading “Journal Entry #25–Line Editing Position and Learning Process”

Journal Entry #17

Good news at last! My mom has finally gotten scheduled for her full knee surgery in August. It is a huge relief, since during the last two years, she has needed quite a bit of help just to get around, but has also been sent from one test to the next–frustrated time after time withContinue reading “Journal Entry #17”

Journal Entry #16

The small town where I grew up has just gained its first larger general store–a Dollar General. More people are flocking to the area, and the older and much smaller, far-more-limited market (which had already been doing poorly for quite a while), has closed down. Some of its stock has gone to the Dollar General,Continue reading “Journal Entry #16”

Journal Entry #15

Happy Easter! Spring really is in full swing now, and it is a time to celebrate new life and fresh starts. So many has happened, but I think life is moving in a brighter direction for me, thanks in part to this WordPress blog, and friends’ advice here and on DeviantArt. Being able to pointContinue reading “Journal Entry #15”

Journal Entry #14

Oh my goodness, I am now an official book reviewer for the US Review of Books! It’s the first regular, paid freelance writing position I’ve gotten after the steady stream of transcription assignments I usually did dried up. The whole thing really does feel like the beginning of a brighter chapter in my life, whichContinue reading “Journal Entry #14”

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