Update From the Real World

I think this might be my first blog post about real world happenings in a while. I've been really focused on living up to the promise I made to myself to get enough short stories written to have a real *gulp* book ready for publication. I have two stories that need a second run through, a Yuuki story that is ready for another pair of eyes besides mine, a Rina story started and notes/ outlines on a couple more stories, including a Cordelia one. I originally thought I'd have seven in this collection, but that might be too little. I'll have to see what all of them look like once they've been edited at least once before I decide.

In between writing, I've been working on tea and belly dance. I find I can write a bit better if I keep active in between writing sessions. I think I'm finally getting this new tea form, which means they'll be throwing another one at me soon. Also I had the chance to play with my veil fans again on Monday night lesson. I forgot how much I loved working with those props. It makes me want to dust off the routine I choreographed for them awhile back.

I'll be back with a new poem for the blog soon. In the meantime, let me know if you'd like to see more real world updates from me from time to time.

Tea sweets from a recent lesson. The classmate who made them is quite talented!

Song Choice: Here I Am by Sertab (this is the song I choreographed the veil fan routine to)

18 comments:

  1. So will you be sharing your stories in need of eyes here? And CONGRATS, of course. Finishing something - especially your first something - is a huge, monumental accomplishment. Can't wait to read it, share it, and spread the word. Tea and Belly Dancing? That sounds like a novel title, right there. As for your question, yes, you should do real world updates. Especially if you're about to take the plunge and become a full-fledged AUTHOR. Readers like to know the writer better. And who doesn't want tea with their belly dancing? Grats again!

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    1. I think I'm going to make it a regular thing :)

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  2. Yes, I love hearing what you are doing! So excited for the new stories!

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    1. Aw! Thanks! I'm having fun writing them.

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    1. Thanks! Stories are on their way soon!

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  4. Writing about real life can be included in the "Write Every F**king Day" mandate. So, yeeha! Bring on the next horse. ;-p

    I'm happy to hear that you're putting together a collection of short stories. There's such a good feeling in that, like if you put a bunch of lovely, different colored stones in a bowl, then pick them up and look at them, or look at them contrasted against each other, different colors and textures in the bowl; rearrange for best effect. Fun times. :-)

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  5. I want those tea sweets! And I love Yuuki!

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  6. I always enjoy your real world updates. Those tea sweets are AMAZING!

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    1. The lady who made them is very talented. We're always excited to see what she'll bring in next.

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  7. Wow! Now let's have some film on your dance skills! shall we! Exotic tea indeed! How interesting an author you are! Yes! I'm always wanting to read about Interesting people and their lives! My favorite story of all all.....xoDebi

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    1. LOL, there are recordings on DVD somewhere around here! I hope to have a chance to perform again soon. :)

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  8. I haven't written anything longer than a few hundred words in a while. I'm kind of jealous of your simmering tale.

    I love when you share bits of your belly dancing, your tea ceremonies, your everyday doings... It lends an extra layer of reality to everything else you share (poems and tales). Who doesn't love fiction and poetry written by real people?

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  9. Publication sounds very exciting, I hope it all works out well for you.

    I'm not sure if I'm seeing things, but isn't that sushi? How come you call it "tea sweets"?

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    1. It's actually very cleverly designed sweets that look like fish. Japanese tea sweets can be really, really ornate. The fish is sweet rice flour with food coloring and a sweet bean paste center. The seaweed is some sort of crisp Japanese sweet I haven't identified yet LOL. And the gel is some sort of plant based gelatin with a bit of fruit juice.

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