October 22nd, 2011

The pen is mightier than the … bass?

I’ve been making some difficult choices recently, to give up on things I simply don’t have enough time or interest to do any more. What I gave up this week was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done.

Not because it didn’t make sense — it totally made sense. I hadn’t touched the bass guitar in over a year, except perhaps to dust it. It was time to let it go.

But this reaches more than twenty years back into my soul. I remember those years when it seemed that a life of music was the only possible path for me. Not just that I lived and breathed music — in my choice of friends, in my free time, and in my dreams — but because no other life path seemed likely or possible for me.

I still love music. But my creative interest lies now in writing code and writing fiction. It has been too many years since I found myself sprawled on the bed, running my fingers down the neck, teasing each note out until the walls shrunk in. Until demons in the air lifted me up to hear the glass and wood surrounding me reverberate in harmony with my angst.

No, music isn’t where my creative energy lies any more. It was good to pass those instruments to a new home, and focus on the characters who call me now.

This was originally posted on my personal site at http://www.jorhett.com/2011/10/pen-is-mightier-than-the-bass/. You are welcome to reply there or here.

Reality Fails

This piece of flash was published by Every Day Fiction: http://www.everydayfiction.com/reality-fails-by-jo-rhett/

I actually wrote this piece on demand. It has a funny origination story.

I arrived early at a Loscon panel to overhear the panelists concerned about a misprint in the program book. The panel was supposed to be about the panelists reviewing work submitted by the audience, much like a mini-Clarion workshop or Iron Editor panel. Unfortunately the program book had written this up incorrectly, and the panelists were concerned that nobody would show up with things to review.

This piece of flash was what I quickly typed into my iMac based on a dream I had woken up to that morning. The panelists liked it, and urged me to submit it.

This was originally posted on my personal site at http://www.jorhett.com/2011/10/reality-fails/. You are welcome to reply there or here.