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Monday, May 2, 2011

Back to Musing!

"Meet the Muse" was originally intended to be the name of a current body of music I've been working on for several years called A Pyrate Story.  I chose that name because my writing borders on what some consider 'way out there'  in terms of content - perhaps because I tend to pull it from somewhere 'else,'  but heh,  I write exactly what I feel.  I usually play it first - often in the middle of the night while I'm sleeping, I'll hear a melody, and wake up to pick it out on the keys. That way, I won't forget it. If I wait until later, it's gone. 

For the past several years, I spent all my time on the newspaper, The Tybee Times, and its Facebook and Twitter pages, and had little time for music or writing.  Last September, I decided to stop publishing the printed edition for a while, and keep the paper online - needed time away from it, and just couldn't see spending so much energy on something so stressful - chasing down hard news no one wants to expose really isn't my thing.  The next edition we host, whether print or online, may also contain breaking news and monthly columns, but it will primarily feature articles and blogs by other regional writers, as well as links from regional feeds, and we'll open the format to include reader-generated articles - MY favorite type of publication.  If we decide not to print, we may also present the website as a free, public service, and offer complimentary advertising. 

Meanwhile,  The Tybee Times website is being overhauled to reflect the new emphasis.  (I love WordPress for that very reason.)  Incidentally, The Tybee Times Arts & Entertainment Facebook page has now been updated to include more participation from area artists, too.

I hope these changes will still leave me time for music and script writing.  I just added a "Meet the Muse" Facebook artist/band page in order to post original materials.  For sure, I need to get back to the work.  I might even sleep more, per chance even dream, and maybe produce something worthwhile....

(Photo: "New Year's Moon over Sri Lanka, 2010" by Scarlett Bailes)