July 22nd, 2009

Creative Joyous Cat

Family is good

My brother was in Chicago, briefly, to leave his dog with my sister for a week while he headed off to an event that he couldn't take said critter to; I headed in, planning (among other things) to get on the internet there to post.  I had good food with family, talked a whole bunch, played cards with the Aunt, supervised the sister's pretty dog and the brother's handsome dog in their interactions, dug up weed-trees where my sister's replacement fence is to go, helped her rearrange the living room, and did a good bit of writing, but never did see the internet, much less do my promised posting. 

Now my bath is waiting so I can stop smelling like allergens, so I'll post again later!
Creative Joyous Cat

Song: Longhair

Here's another song. This is the first song I wrote on the guitar, which sounds much more impressive than it really is, since I'd been writing songs on autoharp for years. I still really like the sounds of the chords, though once I got to be a better guitar player, and it was no longer particularly helpful to keep one finger or other planted on the guitar neck so I didn't lose my place, I realized that these chords are hard on the hand if you don't practice regularly. The fingers don't move enough to provide natural (if momentary) stretch breaks during the song.

As always, I'd be happy to play this song for you sometime. 

In the meantime, of course, you're welcome to say hi or start a discussion in the space provided below.

Longhair
By: Deirdre M. Murphy
D ... DM7 ...G&... G*
D ................DM7 .............Em ........................A
Young man, sitting there, brushing your long hair,
.....D ................DM7 ............. G& ...............A
A smile on your lips, but your eyes look so bare,
.............G ............. D.......................... Em7 ................. A... A7
Kicked out of your home--and you're glad you're not there.
....................Em Em7 Em6 ..................Em Em7 Em6
But you're alone . . . ............on your own . . .

.......................................G ....,,.....G& ..A ...... A7
CHORUS: .......And you wear your spiral colors
.................................D .........DM7 ......G&
.......................As a shield against the pain
....................................A...... A7* ..Em7 .A
.......................Their vibrant hues a symbol
...................................Am ...................D ... DM7 ...G& ..G* ..(x2)
.......................Of the joy you hope to gain.

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Notes: 
*In the last chorus, I play A instead of Am at "joy"
G& = 320033, which is an alternate G fingering
G*  = 320020 (or x20020 if your fingers don't want to stretch that far)
A7*= x02020  (which is one of the standard A7 fingerings)
A7 = x02223  (which is the other standard A7 fingering)
Em7 = 022030
Em6 = 022020</div>
 
 
Creative Joyous Cat

Filter, anyone?

There's a wizard anthology that just opened for submissions, and I have an old wizard story.  I like this story, but it's gotten some rejections from other markets, and I know I've grown as a writer since I wrote it.  The thing is, I've read through it so many times I just can't see it fresh any more.  Is it really the best I can do with this story?  Does it have some huge flaw (or even minor flaws) that I'm currently blind to?  Or do I mostly need to find a different market for it?

I'm willing to share this story with a few people here, in a private filter.  I'm looking for people who will agree to read it and to comment on it, to tell me what they like and don't like about it.  Especially what they don't like. 

If that's you, please comment below.