More of Sydney’s Short Story, and Something to Make You Smile

Last week, I shared the first couple of pages of a work in progress, the Sydney Brennan short story Club Revelations. It’s funny—the day I posted it, I had a realization about what wasn’t working with it. (Other than it’s a short story, and I don’t do short well.) Maybe there’s some magical editing energy in cyberspace. I’ve got some more changes to make, but I’m going to continue posting rough story chunks on this dedicated page on my website every week. This week’s chunk is much longer than the previous one. I’ve set it up so you can read from the beginning, or you can jump to the point where you left off the previous week. (I did tweak last week’s beginning just a teensy bit before posting to the new page, but nothing significant.) One last time—click here for the story.

But that’s not all I’m sharing this week. I’m feeling pretty good right now, writer-wise. Things keep ticking along for Sydney, and I’ve been working on a new project that I’m looking forward to sharing with you sometime soon. However, I’m also aware that I haven’t been doing enough to recharge my creative batteries—something we should all be doing—and that’s not a sustainable way to live.

Ukulele by Pawel Kadysz from stocksnap.ioFortunately, this week has been better than most for recharging. My husband and I had a chance to eat our favorite Vietnamese lunch (spicy lemongrass tofu on a French roll) and snorkel at one of our favorite West Hawaii spots on Monday. And tonight, we’re going to a concert. Where people make music. Woo hoo! When we lived in New Orleans, we took the abundance of musical entertainment for granted. Not a lot of performers make it to the Hawaiian Islands, and not many of those make it to the Big Island. Most of the talent tends to be homegrown, but that doesn’t mean it’s any less talented. Which leads me to the gifted Jake Shimabukuro.

How many of you think the ukulele isn’t a real musical instrument? Uh-huh, I can see a few honest hands raising. Well, you have not heard what this four-stringed underdog can do until you’ve heard Jake Shimabukuro. Here he is performing The Bohemian Rhapsody… enjoy! I know I will. 😉

Ukulele by Pawel Kadysz from