On Classical Music

One of my first piano teachers told me that I would never been a good pianist or cellist because my hands were too small. Honestly, my hands are comparatively tiny, and my pinky finger is horribly disproportionate compared to the rest of my fingers, which has always made vibrato on fourth finger difficult. But I’m glad […]

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Keep Calm and Continue Writing

I’ve been writing for pretty much my whole life, and there have been plenty of ups and downs along the way. I’ve written a thousand words a day for two months, I’ve pressured myself to write fiction even when I knew my heart wasn’t in it, I’ve had writer’s block for about a year, I’ve […]

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Happy 2016: Part 1

I write this while keeping an eye on my cat, because I think she’s scared by all the popping noises that are happening outside. Or maybe she’s just annoyed that I told her to get off the keyboard so I could log in and play computer games. In any case, I’m spending tonight in relative […]

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2015: A Summary

When you love someone, you give them a piece of you that can’t be taken back. In the same vein, you keep a piece of them that you can’t really give away. There are many reasons why the first half of this year was painful, but there are just as many reasons why what happened […]

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Meeting an Old Friend

It’s been a while, old friend. I want to say I don’t know how long it’s been, but I do know. It’s been about eight months. Give or take. I’ve known you for a long time, but I still don’t know if you’re my friend or my enemy. Maybe you’re neither – or maybe you’re […]

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Loud Introversion

There’s been a flurry of discussion around introversion/extroversion of late, and some of this can, in part, be attributed to Susan Cain’s TED talk about the power of introverts. The definition of introversion has moved away from being, loosely, “people who like to be alone”, to one that focuses more on how fast social situations […]

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