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This Week in Review | The Twenty-Sixth

Happy Tuesday friends!

I do not want this becoming a habit of posting these Tuesdays, but yesterday was… well, I won’t bother you with that. Let’s just get to the week’s review shall we ūüôā


ON MY BLOG

I’ve begun a new series of posts called Faith’s Fiddling Fridays. I’m learning to play the violin (self-teaching at the moment) and I look forward to sharing some little tidbits of insight with you as I go along ūüôā You can find the first post HERE!

IN WRITING

Pirate Eyes has been my top priority this month as I entered it into #PitchWars. This Thursday is the mentee reveal day and, while I have no expectation of being chosen, I have still appreciated the experience. The #PitchWars thread on Twitter has been rather insightful and has led me to make new connections with fellow writers. So it’s a win-win whatever the case.

It’s also given me a chance to do another round of edits (I lost track of the number after the 15th draft three years ago ;P). The best part: in the first eight chapters I managed to cut a whole 2k words! This is a big deal for a person who ended up adding 3k during her last revision session! I still have more edits to type up, but I’m expecting to be down by at least another 5k.

My plan at the moment is to start querying again September 1st, letting her loose into the world, just in time for me to apply myself to one of the new projects I’ve only been toying with during these summer months. More on that to come.


Wow, this was a shorter post than anticipated.

Stay well, friends! May this week be filled with many blessings of happiness and health ‚̧

May inspiration flow like ink upon your quill,

Faith     quill-ink

Faith’s Fiddling Fridays | The First

Happy Friday everyone!

So today begins a new series of post that I’m calling¬†Faith’s Fiddle Friday! And it’s something I’m rather excited about.

In a recent post, I mentioned that I impulsively bought a violin in that after months–perhaps years–of saying that I wanted to learn to play, I finally decided to make it happen and¬†ordered a violin. My biggest motivation was from my NaNoWriMo novel:¬†Heritage. Peggie, my MC, is a fiddler and I really want to bring a realism to her art.

That was well over a month ago and if I’m to be honest, it really hasn’t seen much light since then. The¬†reason for it. Well, firstly I haven’t made the time. I’ve had a lot on my plate lately, and I haven’t been able to fit it into my schedule.

The other reason? Well, a few days after I bought it, I broke a string trying to tune it. Yep. It was a rather bizarre moment when, as I was turning the knob to find the right pitch on my D-string, I could feel it tightening and just knew that too much would snap it. And yet I turned it that one more time anyway and —

SNAP!

So what happened? Well, that big and ugly ‘S’ word: I got scared. I was suddenly faced with an obstacle. Not only was I struggling to tune my violin, but I was now faced with the¬†added task of having to restring said violin. And I was afraid of the task and decided that I didn’t want to deal with the stress of it and so I placed it in its case and left it there. Until this past Sunday.

I don’t know what inspired me. I think it was a need to accomplish something. And so, with a sense of determination, I took a new D string and my violin and pulled up a few YouTube videos and after half an hour, I had this…

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That’s right! I restrung my violin all on my own. And not just that. I also managed to tune it! And after that, I was in love. I continued to watch some videos and learned how to properly hold both my violin and my bow!

 

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It was a great two hours of learning basics and making noise¬†that just barely resembled the sound a violin should make. It was a start, and I expect it will be a long journey to where I want to go, but I’m ready for it ūüėÄ

And so I invite you to follow me along the path of learning.

May inspiration flow like ink upon your quill,

Faith