I haven’t posted this month due to medical procedures affecting my family. (“How was your week?”, asked the anaesthetist. “Oh, I got the grant application in …. zzzzzz”, I said breezily. Well, that had been the primary focus of my efforts up to that point!)
I hope to be back in circulation next week – appropriately for someone who’s a librarian more than half the time – providing the other recipient of NHS care is okay to be left in the house. I haven’t had a whole month off since our youngest was born 21 years ago, and it has been a strange experience. Even then, I wasn’t forbidden to drive for six weeks!
But more crucially, I may have kept an eye on my emails, but I’ve done absolutely no research for a month, and that feels quite odd. I’ve read a couple of books – so far so good – and made a “note to self” about something to follow up. But that’s it. I didn’t follow it up.
The morning before my procedure, I wrote an Epiphany carol for a friend – she had translated the words from Latin in the hope that our choir might sing it early next year, so I really had to get something written if I wanted any hope of rehearsing it with them in December. It proved not only to be a great distraction but – surprisingly, when I got round to revisiting it – I was rather pleased with it. So, watch this space. It was quite a high price to pay for inspiration, but on this occasion, at least something good came out of it!
More surprisingly, I spotted a request for a solo instrumental piece, on Facebook, and discovered I already had a composition which I was able to share with only two minutes’ tweaking effort, so that too will be getting a public airing in 2020. Not bad for someone who is NOT “a composer” to trade.
Other than that – I have nothing to report right now. But I look forward to getting back into things very soon.