Posted by bj on Saturday, February 20, 2010
Not from fiddle, but from blogging.
After the wicked snowstorm we got not that long ago, I pulled that muscle in my back again. Yes, that damned muscle, the one that makes it uncomfortable to sit in a chair for very long. The one I pull every time we get one of those monster storms that has us shovelling for hours. The one that when I pull it I'm in agony for a week or so, and swear up and down that I'll hire a kid to do the shovelling next time (which I forget when next time rolls around.) So I was only doing NECESSARY schtuff that required sitting for any length of time. Which meant less time here on the hangout.
I've also started a new, outsource proof and recession proof business. But I'm not that fast at it yet, so I'm working my tail off for a pittance, though the speed is starting to come along, as well as the better paying assignments. Even the fiddle has taken a back seat to getting this ball rolling, though I've still been playing at the very least a half hour a day. But that's a far cry from the 2-3 hours I usually put in. For those wondering, I'm doing freelance non-fiction writing, mostly web content, press releases and such. I'm also doing SEO and SEM consulting, getting websites off the ground and onto Google. Just in case you have a need . . .
Anyway, I've been missing my intense fiddle time. Not losing ground on skills, but I don't feel like a half hour a day is enough to gain any ground either. Things do seem to be easing up on the time I need to spend working, so hopefully I can get more fiddle time in regularly soon. But maybe not as much as I'd wish since I'm working towards a specific goal.
The plan is to get this rolling well enough so that when fiddle camp season rolls around I'll have enough bucks in the bank and a good working plan that allows me to take some time off periodically. This summer I plan to be spending a whole lotta time in West Virginia. All I need for work is a wifi hotspot and my laptop, so I can work some while I'm travelling. And these days even the MickeyD's and many of the campgrounds have a hotspot.
I hope that ol' bumper sticker saying doesn't get in the way. I'm talking about the one that says "Life is something that happens while you're making other plans" since I've had quite enough freaking LIFE happening the last year, thank you very much! LOL!
Saturday, February 20, 2010 @5:43:14 PM
Congratulations of the venture. Yes, it takes alot to get something as such rolling. Burning the candle at both end comes to mind. Wishing you good luck with both the writing and getting the fiddle time back into life. Have fun in WVa.
Don;t worry, if I know you, you will be fine. And rest that pulled muscle!
Saturday, February 20, 2010 @6:21:23 PM
Keep fiddling some. I want you to feel good about your playing when we finally get to play together.
Saturday, February 20, 2010 @6:32:40 PM
Thanks Stephanie! I hope Maine will be on the list too, or at the very least up in that general direction, since I'm missing Art Bryan oodles, I gotta play with that man! And you need to meet him. And yes, candle at both ends is exactly what's going on. But it really is going better quicker than I expected it would. I just have to keep at it.
Carl, I feel fine about my fiddling, I make SURE I don't backslide any. But I'm just not jumping forward as fast as I was before this winter happened. I am SO ready for winter to be OVER! LOL!
I actually thought of moving back to Maine at some point, but after this winter? NAH! That ain't happening!
Sunday, February 21, 2010 @2:12:45 AM
Congrats on your new bussiness. I hope your back gets better. Good luck with your travel plans. Remember, cabin fever (winter blahs) is derectly related to low levels of outdoor sunlight. Spend some time outdoors, if possible.
Monday, February 22, 2010 @4:25:49 AM
Best of luck with your new business, I have started three or so and I appreciate the effort both mental and physical. Your fiddle playing will be an asset during the whole process.... good for you.
Monday, February 22, 2010 @4:39:22 AM
Thanks, guys! It really is taking off much quicker than I expected *** KNOCK ON WOOD!!! ***
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