Welcome back to another week of my hobby adventures! The past 2 weeks I took you all on my nail art adventures, this week I’ll be sharing my adventures with playing instruments and writing.
Throughout elementary and middle school I played a few instruments. Recorder, cello, bass, violin, with violin being my favorite to name a few. I played the violin quite well in middle school. We went to competitions, and I even participated in an audition in my orchestra class for first chair (the violinist that plays in the front and leads/starts performances. Sometimes has small solos) and guess who got that chair?
Yes, I did!
Our teacher sent us all to the back in her office, and made us close the door so no one could see who was playing or show favoritism. Everyone was able to judge with their ears.
You’d think as shy and introverted as I am I wouldn’t want to be first chair but I loved the orchestra so much and I knew that I was good at playing the violin. It made me feel good. We had orchestra, chorus and band, as most schools do I believe. Around the holidays or other school events we would have concerts during and after school for our parents/guardians to come see. Sometimes all 3 groups would join together for one massive performance. I remember one specific concert for Christmas the chorus sang Silent Night while the orchestra and band played along. I remember another time in elementary for the talent show we had to perform. I was also a cheerleader, the cheerleading team had to perform, and I was one of the talent show hosts for half of the show. Good times. Good times. Auditioning for host was actually a wonderful experience even though it was just a little in school thing. Thinking of doing it today gives me anxiety lol. But that’s all another story.
Going to music class was my favorite part of the school day each year until moving onto high school. My high school didn’t have a good orchestra program, and I was embarrassed to even join. I think it would have been the same if the program was bigger and more popular. This is one of those hobbies I wish I would have kept up with. I can only imagine how much improvement there could have been by now.
Two instruments I would love to play are the piano and guitar. My daddy played the piano for a little while when he was in school. I don’t think he’s into it or remembers much now. I know I can barely remember how to play a violin or read sheet music.
In 2015 I started writing a book (more like an urban story that was full of drama and all over the place, it also rhymed a little) the story was getting a lot of attention and love on Facebook and Wattpad. This was at a time where short stories (mainly urban) on Facebook was popular. I eventually talked to an author/publisher. But I got scared, is why I didn’t go through with everything. I realized I wasn’t really ready for all of the attention I was beginning to receive.
If I didn’t post the next chapter quickly enough soo many people would be commenting and inboxing asking questions and it just became overwhelming. I felt rushed but I can say that I learned a few things from the experience. One thing being to have the whole story complete before sharing parts every so often because if you get stuck one week you’re going to have to push back and all of your readers might not be as patient. Another thing being you definitely have to be ready for that kind of attention. Sometimes you can think you’re ready for it and you’re just not. The same can apply to blogging.
I did finish the draft of the story, I just never edited it for an actual book. I didn’t plan to have the book rhyme. I also wanted to begin a sequel type, which I did. But again, that never got finished. I’ve thought about posting it here or the Wattpad link but I look back on the story not being so proud of it because I don’t see myself being the same girl who wrote it. And I definitely wouldn’t write that story today. Who knows, maybe one day I won’t care as much and say hey have a look.
I’m more focused on starting over and trying again. I am currently in the process of that with my poetry book I have been working on. I can’t wait until it’s complete and I can share it! This is a goal that’s on the top of my list so I am determined.✨
I hope you enjoyed this week of my hobby adventures. Have you played any instruments? Have you written any books or short stories? I’d love to know.💖