I was working around the clock to get 'Sweet T and the North Wind' ready for its November e-book debut on Amazon.
There were silly snafus, like dashing out to buy more printer ink at 11 p.m. Studying marketing strategies until my eyes glazed over, and I was frozen with indecision. Normally, I'd laugh things off and move ahead with a can-do attitude. But lack of sleep and abundance of worries almost reduced me to tears.
As a type ‘A-Minus,’ I have a tendency to push myself. As a former learning coach who supported stressed-out college students, I counseled them to take a break from an arduous task, and then hit it with a fresh brain.
Time to follow my own advice.
It was a lovely Friday fall afternoon, the kind of knock-your-socks-off blue sky and crisp autumn air that makes you glad to be alive.
Hmmm. Continue work and stress? Or quit and enjoy a Friday afternoon in the sunshine? No brainer!
I logged off, grabbed my camera, and headed downtown to the 2014 International Blue Grass Music Association (IBMA) Festival with Spouse/Editor Extraordinaire, JM. We attended last year, the IBMA's first in our North Carolina capitol, mingling with crowds and tapping toes to music that flowed on every corner of this outdoor music festival.
Crowds were still manageable as we strolled Raleigh's main thoroughfare that morphed into a tent-canopied allée of vendors selling all things country. Barbeque sauce (huge rivalry between eastern North Carolina's vinegar-based sauce and western NC's tomato-centric creation). Art. Country gear. Craft beer.
And the food ...
Just walking past funnel cakes and the 8-inch high bacon mountains, topped with gooey cheese spread and more bacon crumbles, was enough to topple your daily intake of calories.
And music ...
World-class bluegrass musicians performed on every street corner.
What talent they had for setting feet to tapping and spirits soaring.
E-book marketing was the farthest thing from my mind. Yay!
We took it all in. I didn’t want the magic to end.
My stressed slip away. I was still anxious about all I had to accomplish, but the music mended my spirits and restored my confidence.
I took a video of the performers, so you could hear their amazing sounds. I wanted to upload and share it here for you. But the technology for doing so and the capabilities of my webhost eluded me. Sigh.
I won't stress about it. I'll save video uploads for another time --- the next item to tick off on my writerly journey's to-do list.
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10/20/2014 12:17:42 am
Hi! Sounds like a fantastic time! :D We attended the Berkley Beantown Boston Jazz Festival last month and it was so much fun! I can imagine that the Blue Grass Festival was equally as fun!
10/22/2014 05:37:57 pm
It was delightful, Donna. Boston and jazz.....super combination. I'm glad adults and children can experience music's powerful, creative force.
Karen Emma Hall
10/23/2014 07:15:25 am
The best thing when you have a lot of work on, or if you have a lot to accomplish is to take a step back and do something soothing or relaxing. Then you are more focused when you do take it back up again. These musicians were the distraction you needed. All hail music for the soul :) I loved hearing about your relaxing time x
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