I was in Huntsville this past weekend – I know, I know I have to go up again this coming weekend too – but there is just too much going on there these days to miss out on.
Initially my only reason for making the trip was to take in the concert Friday night at the Algonquin Theatre, the piano duo Anagnoson & Kinton, who were both fantastic and educational. But my mom began to suggest other events I could squeeze in (probably just to get me to stay longer ). So the next day we dropped into the church where short 45 minute Music at Noon performances were being put on. How nice is that for the town to have continual entertainment? ”Refresh your body and spirit with a mid-day musical offering” the flyer announces. In the heart of downtown Huntsville. In the middle of tourist hustle and bustle. You can just pop in and unexpectedly be swept away. I was very lucky to have seen and heard the wonderful and magical Sarah Spring & Amanda Penner, piano and violin, and Sarah’s brother Tobin on the electric guitar.
The rest of the summer in Huntsville promises a great line-up of performers at the Algonquin. Artists such as Molly Johnson, Colin James, Harry Manx, George Canyon, Chantal Kreviazuk – COME ON! Meaford has NOTHING this year! It makes me want to move back to Huntsville! I grumbled for years about the way Huntsville was changing too much, it was too busy now, there are too many people, too many big stores…I used to live there in the 70′s and early 80′s and travel back regularly to visit my parents, every time I’d come up there would be something new, and therefore something awful. When the Tastee Cream got torn down THAT WAS THE LAST STRAW! I was glad I didn’t live there anymore.
I wandered around the sunny streets of Huntsville this time and noticed a well developed town that offers something everywhere you look. Fabulous new restaurants, the dock, the water, shopping, concerts, free entertainment, and this coming weekend I will get to be in it all over again as I write in the Muskoka Novel Marathon. Nutty Chocolatier HERE I COME!!!
I have been wandering around the great wide web for the past two months with many questions rolling around in my head – the most predominant one being “what the heck am I supposed to be doing here?”
The term ‘author’s platform’ is a new one for me. What is it and how does it work? Now, I am still far from being a ‘linking guru’ but I do believe I’m getting there! It takes a lot of trial and error to find out on your own how things work, my husband not being much help when he doesn’t even know how to attach pictures to an email. I wish I tried wordpress in the very beginning though. Lots of unnecessary $$$ spent on hosting and websites and templates and the like…
WordPress takes a few days of perusing and experimenting, but essentially it’s like a MAC. It just WORKS It’s true there are a lot of items in the menus, and a lot of menus in the Dashboard – it can be daunting but just click on one thing at a time, see what you’ve done, and never stray too far from your original goal – FOCUS – and you’ll see a website come together slowly but surely. It’s kind of like writing a book!
Until next time
Ten more days until the event. It’s my first marathon and I’m not sure what to expect. I picture twenty writers in a too-small room, the sweltering heat of mid-summer congesting the air, the tapping of laptop keys and heavy breathing as words become pages and pages become chapters. The pressure to write a novel in three days – I’m not sure I can do that! I’m also not sure I can write anything with anyone else around. I hesitate at the slightest interruption, a ringing phone, a bird hitting the window, an email coming through. I am distracted by oncoming bad weather knowing I have to bring in all the chair cushions before they get soaked. My dog needs attention, I have to make more hummingbird food. The ultimate focus breaker is my husband walking through the door. All writing ceases. I can no longer concentrate on anything serious any longer. Not that my husband is a funny guy, (and he really is) or he talks my ear off when I’m busy – he’s actually very considerate and quiet as a mouse, only occasionally complaining that he’s lonely.
Train of thought is a funny thing. Once I’m in the depths of thought it’s all good. Getting into that state is the hard part. I’ve found Ommwriter to be a wonderful aid and I will be using it at the marathon – with earphones. So, pardon me if I look like I’m ignoring you, but I’m picturing ALL the writers in that room trying to block each other out! Ironic, but how else can one produce? Facebook has been fun leading up to this marathon and I’ve met so many awesome, funny, helpful people who write, concentrate, finish novels and publish them too! I can’t imagine being in their company and blocking them out for three days.
I hope I can write a page or two.
It’s so late, just back from a refreshing swim so I’m not tired yet!