Hi All! I have to laugh – last week I had my long post about it finally being Spring and today I woke up to a covering of snow. Looks like winter is back… Lol. It is not unusual for there to be snow after the beginning of spring. I’ve seen snow in mid to late May! But still… It will warm up later in the week, back to normal.
Not only is the weather weird, but so is just the week in general. Not a whole lot out there that stands out (talking in my life…). Beyond the general world news and a couple of work projects, not a lot to frown about, but few big things jump out as things for huge smiles.
So, this another “It’s the Small Things, Arts Edition.”
For writing, I had a friend just finish The Halley Branch. She really liked it! Now she picked up The Old Mill and will read that next. I hope she likes that one as well :) I talked to her about both books on a couple occasions over the week.
Partially because of my friend, I have started editing my book of short stories and so far it looks good. Thinking short stories, I wrote a couple of short stories last week. I also wrote a series of posts for June (I never write ahead for the blog, until this week!) These posts are for the Dickens’ Challenge. I wrote about Bleak House, so I could do it while it was fresh on my mind (I finished last weekend).
I did little with music beyond practice and just “jamming”. However, it was an odd week on YouTube. My views had been growing and growing for months and peaked out at over 100 a day in January. It then crashed to single digits. There have been a few ups and downs after that, particularly after I posted She Talk Each Night to Ariel, but nothing like that January bump.
I went from 6 views on Thursday to 165 on Friday. Then 158 on Saturday and 138 on Sunday. Yeah, it is going down, but as long as it stays above 10, I’m fine! As before, the big video is my version of The house of the Rising Sun, but a few others have been getting a lot of hits. Of course, that one video has a lot of photos I took of new Orleans in it.
I didn’t do a lot with the visual arts this week, but I did bring out a couple of versions of the cover for my next book and played with them a little. I really like two and am not sure which I’ll go with. It does make me want to draw. I did a tiny bit of sketching after that, but no real drawing…
That is my smile for this week, a few arts related things – writing, music and visual arts – that all made me smile.
What made you smile?
(A reminder – There will not be a Smile Recap post next week).
Come on, I’m sure you smiled at least once last week. Why don’t you share it? I hope you can join in!
Here is list of “rules” and guiding ideas. If you don’t have time to read it right now, just remember that this is an exercise to spread positivity. Don’t smile about the misfortune of others. Don’t smile in a way to excludes others. Make sure a 12 year old can read it.
To join in, write a post to share your smile and then leave a comment on this post with a link to your smile. Or, if you prefer, do a pingback to this post (pingback = have a link from your post to this one) (Note – pingbacks have been very inconsistent – please leave a comment :) ). You can post any time until next Sunday evening (to be simple, I will say midnight GMT, which is 7 PM Sunday for me). Note – I am no longer compiling the smiles into a weekly post as I used to – Sorry, I do not have time.