I’m turning over a new leaf. I been yakking about it around here for a while now, but as of today it’s actually happening. I’m trying my best to get ‘back in the saddle’ of blogging. By that I mean blogging something other than my normal bi-monthly BATTLE OF THE BANDS, and its subsequent RESULTS POST. This will still happen the FIRST and FIFTEENTH of each month with the results posts following on the SEVENTH and TWENTY-FIRST. If you don’t already come by regularly to have a listen and vote for your favorite rendition of the songs I post, please start this Sunday MARCH 1.
BUT, my ‘new leaf’ is to try and post something in between those bi-monthly posts. Something to thrill and excite you, well, at least, something that excites me. I toyed with the idea of doing the A to Z Challenge this year, just to try to get back on track, but then I thought about it for a few weeks and my answer to myself was NAW! I did do it once and that was enough for me. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a great exercise for those of you who like that kind of stuffs, but being that disciplined to pick a theme, to post every day, then visit other bloggers each day as well; it was too much like ‘work’ to me. In fact it was work. I did finish (with a little help from a friend), but I really don’t want to do THAT again.
In my travels around the blogosphere I try to stop every Monday at the home of Chris Fries. He started something back in January that seems to really be paying off for him. Go on over to his space The Creative Outlet of Stratplayer and check it out. Anyway… Chris is a master at ‘flash fiction’, he manages to post 100 and 50 word stories that are really quite good. He also provides links to another site—a contest of sorts, that takes submission for 100 word stories. That site is 100 Word Story I also invite you to check it out.
Well, I wrote something and submitted it. I don’t expect it will be accepted for publication, but remember that ‘new leaf’ project of mine; well, today’s post is that 100 word story. There is a picture prompt for this story that is posted at the site. I will tell you I was prompted by the photo, and some images that came to my mind this past Sunday during a ‘Gong Immersion Session’. You might be wondering what that is. I’m not gonna tell you here, but maybe it will be another ‘new leaf’ post sometime in the future.
‘Slight of Hands’
Watching his fingers fly across the keyboards, I felt the magic. Those beautifully long fingers creating a sound to make the angels envious. How many hours of patient practice at a piano? How many months stretching into years before one could equal this type of spectacle?
I looked down at my own small, inadequate hands and knew they would never make wonderful music. No, these hands scrubbed too many floors, bathed babies, and cooked, cleaned, and cultivated a home. These hands were tired and worn. Yet when he stopped playing and took them in his, a different magic was born.
That’s it. 100 Words no more, no less. Go ahead have at it, and let me know what you think.
I’ve been listening to an incredible CD while I wrote my 100 word submission and this post. It’s Kenny Loggins, ‘Celebrate Me Home’. I love this music, so I’m gonna share and leave you with a tune. I think it’s a rather appropriate tune as we close out February—the month of LOVE.
Please stop by on Sunday, March 1 for my BATTLE OF THE BANDS.