Camden Writers – “What I Wish I Could Tell You”

Transitions.

The officially stated theme for the 2016 Camden Writers Anthology #2.

Starting in January, I pulled about four pieces from my stash of vignettes relevant to the 2016 anthology theme – some started but unfinished, others already firmly written and in need of my critique group’s keen insights and suggestions, still others with germinal ideas and notes-to-self on how to proceed.

I discovered early on during critique presentations that even the one piece I thought was 99.9% ready to go, wasn’t. And that really was fine with me.  I decided I’d use the submission deadline as the catalyst for getting those pieces and ideas in shape for publication.

Meanwhile I was deeply ensconced in a regular routine spent on the practice stool prepping in anticipation of upcoming recording sessions for my Swimming with Swans: the music project.

Progress towards both project milestones were rolling along smoothly. However, I didn’t factor in the possibility of Dad entering into hospice care in April.

Transitions.

Thus began my precious Summer of Dad.

The first trip out to see Dad during the beginning of my Summer of Dad I brought along the hard copies of those critiques to begin further re-writes on two of the original four pieces. I also planned on keeping my chops up for when I could continue on the recording project.  I thought I’d work on the vignettes and practice during my ‘down time’ – those days not spent with Dad.

The importance of those projects quickly faded along with my own ability to maintain the focus necessary to do such work. While in the midst of a major transition – an end-of-life journey with Dad – the irony and timing of the Camden Writers Theme was not lost on me.

Transitions.

Transitions are life evolutions: beginning-middle-end to another beginning-middle-end to yet another until one reaches the Final Transition. That being: beginning-middle-end to new life in another realm; which was where we were with Dad during my Summer of Dad.

His ‘end’ was his new beginning outside our realm of being an active part of it.

As diligent work was being done on the anthology in South Carolina,  Jayne and Kathryn of the Camden Writers graciously allowed me to submit two different pieces (both poems) during my time in Colorado. They hadn’t been critiqued by the group but fulfilled the thematic aspect of the ever-growing manuscript.

What I Wish I Could Tell You book coverA few days ago, I went to my first writers group meeting since March. It was a marketing meeting where we discussed details of the two book signings we have this month for our newly published anthology “What I Wish I Could Tell You.”  The book’s cover art puzzled me since it didn’t seem related to the transition theme.  Turns out, submissions migrated towards end-of-life transitions and the photo is of a local hospice out-reach fair.

Many of the published pieces are familiar to me as I helped critique them early on in this project. But the group’s hospice and end-of-life stories will be fresh reading for me as they emerged while I was away during my Summer of Dad.

 

Note: I’m offering a free copy of “What I Wish I Could Tell You” to one lucky winner to be selected at random. Just comment below to be entered in the drawing. Winner to be announced a week from the date of this posting.

Transitions.

‘Tis the season for taking a blogging break. This website/blog has been in need of revamping for quite some time, but the learning curve for doing that was just too time consuming.  It seems I’m running out of hostgator storage space for the blog. As it stands, as long as I don’t upload too many photos, I’ll be fine for a while, but it’s hard to not decorate posts with graphics!  As a compromise and in order to buy some time to figure out how to best utilize available space, I’ll be limiting my post frequency for now.

In addition, I’m re-starting steps towards finishing the recording of my Swimming with Swans: the music which includes finding a new recording studio and perhaps making revisions to the present set list of pieces. I’m also researching options for building my own music specific website and am getting pretty excited at the prospect of doing this.

In general, things that have been on hold for the past seven years are beginning to open up again. Opportunities on the horizon are inching nearer and becoming more visible to my husband and myself…close enough to taste…

Transitions.

Reminder: I’m offering a free copy of “What I Wish I Could Tell You” to one lucky winner to be selected at random. Just comment below to be entered in the drawing. Winner to be announced a week from the date of this posting.

13 thoughts on “Camden Writers – “What I Wish I Could Tell You”

  1. Deborah Brasket

    It sounds like things are moving forward for you in so many different directions. I am sorry about losing your father, but so glad you were able to be there with him. Wishing you all the best with your anthology and your music. Looking forward to hearing more about it, even as you blog less :)

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    1. laura bruno lilly Post author

      Thanks for stopping by, Deborah. As someone in the midst of a blogging break, you know a thing or two on what it opens up in multiple life-realms.
      Wishing you all the best in your new and renewed artistic endeavors.

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  2. Joseph Finnerty

    Laura,

    I enjoy reading your blog posts, many of them filled with inspirational, graceful and sometimes spiritual words of wisdom that leave me in a musical trance. I suspect there is a touch of “saint” in you.

    Speaking of music, I am still singing with the Broadway Babies, entertaining residents of assisted living places all over metro Phoenix, now in our eleventh season. Saturday we will perform at an Alzheimer facility. During our previous appearance there, many patients sang along with us, while a few stood up and began to dance. I venture to say they would join you while “Swimming with Swans.”

    Enjoy your blog break. Come back with renewed vigor. Keep your little circle of friends posted as you transition to a higher level of accomplishment in all your worlds.
    Joe

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    1. laura bruno lilly Post author

      What a delight to hear from you, my dear Bard of Scottsdale!

      Your comments are embarassingly high praise from one such as yourself – I consider it an Irish Blessing of sorts. ;-)

      I know your Broadway Babies performances touch all who hear/see them…in somber, but mostly raucous ways. HA! I would love to share the dance floor with any of those patients. When Dad took me polka dancing several years ago, it was tough keeping up, but my, what fun!

      I will keep all my little-listers updated, thanks for the encouragement in that. And you, please drop a link to any youtubes of your performances via e-mail. I remember the one video your son (?) captured and it was great seeing you in action.

      Ho-ho-ho happy melodies to you, Joe.

      (you are officially entered in the drawing)

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  3. Andy

    Things seem to be building for you, Laura, creatively. Sometimes it just seems that the ‘time is right’. Good to hear you’re branching out into poetry, too. What other music have you produced before now?

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    1. laura bruno lilly Post author

      The music has always been there in one form or another. As to your question I assume you mean specific to recordings. A few examples include (but are not limited to) numerous demo tapes (not so much of a big deal these days and yes, they were tapes!), as a member of various ensembles/groups (both old and new: some of those recordings are long out of press), as background music for several marketing dvds/infomercials/book promos, of course my cd ‘unexpected’ released in 2007. Not a whole lot, but all pretty typical fare for a working musician.

      (you are officially entered in the drawing)

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  4. Alison Reynolds

    Hi Laura,
    Boy, do I know what you mean about the learning curve. I think that is a daily occurrence for me!
    I am so happy that you are able to pick up the pieces as it were, from your Summer of Dad. Your words are so inspiring! I know this last year has been traumatic for you (been through much the same with my mom) and I am so happy that the future looks so much brighter for you.
    I hope the Holiday season brings you comfort and good memories!

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    1. laura bruno lilly Post author

      Hi Alison,
      ‘Pick up the pieces’ great unintentional pun, that! :-)
      I’m ready for 2017, how about you?

      Looking forward to your new cd – enjoy the process!

      (you are officially entered in the drawing)

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  5. Linda W.

    Laura, this year has been so transitional for you. I pray that God blesses you during your blog break. You’ve got so much going on. I’m excited about your return to recording.

    Your writer’s group’s anthology sounds great. What an accomplishment! That’s another transition.

    I hope you have a wonderful Christmas!

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    1. laura bruno lilly Post author

      I will definitely keep you in the loop about the recording!

      I hope your Chicago Christmas brings lots of good memories to mind while surrounded by all those ‘aunties’ (and other assorted beloved relatives) at the table and in the kitchen.
      ;-)

      (you are officially entered in the drawing)

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  6. Janis

    Nothing like a deadline to get oneself motivated!

    It sounds like you are in the midst of several transitions right now: “Opportunities on the horizon are inching nearer and becoming more visible to my husband and myself…close enough to taste…” How wonderful for you!

    Enjoy your blog break… I look forward to reading about (and maybe seeing) all that you’ve accomplished!

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    1. laura bruno lilly Post author

      Ain’t it the truth about deadline motivation. HA!

      Thanks for the supportive response on my ‘blog break’…hope you have an enjoyable holiday season.

      (you are officially entered in the drawing)

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