Being an Author is a lot of Work!

While I realized I had work ahead of me to promote my release, Tumbling in Time, I had no idea just how much! I had a crazy singing weekend with concerts and rehearsals. No writing or promoting for me – sadly. Although, performing Randol Alan Bass’s Gloria with the Maryland Symphony totally rocked!! That is probably my top musical experience in my limited career. I confess that I’m even sad that we won’t be performing it again soon.

So, now I need to be signing up for blog hops, updating websites, and all other kinds of things to get my name and story out there. I started a Goodreads author page and updated my Amazon author page. I still need to update my website. I want to give a shout-out to Kara Leigh Miller for featuring my story on her blog – yay! Thanks so much, girl 🙂

Pride_MatesI’m still managing to read. Thank goodness! I just finished Pride Mates by Jennifer Ashley. I also finished Rapture by J. R. Ward. Pride Mates was a unique take on mostly feline shifters. Liam and Kim made a great couple. Liam is a sexy Irishman with stunning blue eyes. He is a badass feline shifter. Kim is a tough defense attorney who isn’t afraid of much. Together, the pair tackle Fergus and his henchmen.

Of course, Rapture was good. I really liked that Matthias had forgotten his evil past and fell for Mels. Besides, Matthias and Jim made a kick-ass team. Well, with Adrian, too, who made a great sacrifice in this story. I’m seeing some intertwining of the BDB – gonna get even better!! Plus, I have to mention the reveal about Dog – very cool!!

Time for blogging is done. Back to my author profile on Goodreads. It’s always something, isn’t it?

What a Weekend!

I need another weekend to recover from this past weekend! So here’s the breakdown:

  • Friday night was dress rehearsal for the concert on Saturday. We had a brass ensemble accompanying us on some of our pieces. It is amazing how easy it was for them to overpower a chorus of fifty singers. It took some time getting the dynamics correct. Despite all that, it was very cool to perform with them. I do confess, I was a bit concerned as we didn’t run the concert. There was a piece I really wanted to review that we didn’t go over. Crossed my fingers that we would do it Saturday before the concert.
  • Saturday ends up being an unseasonably warm day. Dry, too, thank goodness. We arrived at the church early to rehearse with the bell choir that was accompanying us on some of our pieces. That was very cool! The ringers were very talented. I played handbells at one point so I have a good appreciation of what they were able to do. Incredible!
  • The concert: standing room only (and yes, people were standing). From what I could hear in the alto section, it sounded great. I got several compliments about how well we did. The concert was longer than usual, but I don’t think people minded. We did get a standing ovation. Yay! Made all the hard work worthwhile. Well, that and seeing the smile on our director’s face when we hit things dead on – I doubt he could have been happier.
  • Saturday night – a group of us met for dinner at a local pizza place. It was nice to start relaxing after the concert rush. It was also nice to be out of my floor length black gown!
  • Sunday – a day of relaxation. For the most part! I did watch James Bond’s Quantum of Solace. Liked the car chase right at the beginning. What an awesome car!! Too bad Bond had to hurt it – LOL I hate to admit, too, that M was getting on my nerves. When will she learn to trust 007? Cutting off his credit cards? Sophomoric. I was a bit disappointed – I don’t recall seeing Q; although, I guess he made a name (or should I say a letter??) for himself in Skyfall.
  • Late Sunday Afternoon: The Spirit moved me to run. Can you believe it? No, I couldn’t either! The weather was still on the warm side and drizzly. I dressed in my tights and hat and looked forward to getting out there. I only ran about two miles and walked almost another mile (my knee started acting up – go figure). I felt refreshed and invigorated when I returned. I think the post-run hot shower had something to do with that as well!!

So is my need for another weekend now apparent? This upcoming weekend will be just as busy with lots of singing. Dress rehearsal Friday. Another dress rehearsal Saturday afternoon before a concert Saturday night. Concert Sunday afternoon. Then, choral singing will be done until after the first of the year. We get to perform Gloria by Randol Alan Bass with the Symphony. I am so excited about that!! It is going to rock!!

But for now, good night! I barely got six hours of sleep last night. I need to do better tonight.

Singing

I have to share with you. We are doing a bunch of cool music at choral arts this fall. However, two of the pieces really stand out to me. One is Gloria composed by Randol Alan Bass. There are several links on YouTube of groups performing the piece. Here is a link to Randol Bass Music: http://www.randolbassmusic.com/Works/Christmas/Gloria/gloria.htm

The second piece of music that I really like is a newly composed work. It is titled In Dulci Jubilo. This piece is written by Matthew Culloton. Ideally, it is to be performed a cappella. We have been working on this piece a lot so I suspect we just may do that. Here is a link to the publisher’s website. http://www.morningstarmusic.com/viewitem.cfm/item_id/50-0090 Be sure to listen to the piece. It is incredible! I love the way it builds, the feeling of singing in a round, and the inclusion of Latin. Just perfect for Christmas.