10 ballet novels [for adults] you’ll love

Interested in my dance-related fiction? Check out Off Balance  and the award-winning Outside the Limelight, Books 1 and 2 of the Ballet Theatre Chronicles, as well as my newest,  A Dancer’s Guide to Africa. Just click on their titles! For a long time, “ballet fiction” meant the books that catered to young girls, slim tomes with pink, … Read more 10 ballet novels [for adults] you’ll love

Learning to fall: in dance and beyond

My friend Anne Clermont’s debut novel, Learning to Fall, is coming out the first week of August. Set in the equestrian world of competitive show jumping, it chronicles one young woman’s search for healing, hope, and what it means to love. About two weeks ago I went to check on Amazon to see if it was available for … Read more Learning to fall: in dance and beyond

OUTSIDE THE LIMELIGHT’s new first line

Well, I am very excited right now about a very small (to you), writerly thing. I came up with a new first line for the opening chapter of my forthcoming ballet novel, Outside the Limelight.   The old first line was sending the story in sorta the wrong direction, and it was using the wrong authorial … Read more OUTSIDE THE LIMELIGHT’s new first line

10 bits of wisdom [to self] for the New Year

I’ve gleaned a lot of wisdom over the past two years, most of it the hard-earned, head-shaking kind. During this time period, coincidentally [or not], I recommenced a daily mindfulness meditation practice. You wouldn’t think that sitting on a pillow at 4:45am for twenty minutes, doing nothing but observing the rise and fall of your … Read more 10 bits of wisdom [to self] for the New Year

Finnish perfection: the Sibelius Violin Concerto

It’s complex, gripping, devilishly complicated, and sounds like no other concerto in the violin repertoire. Listening to Finnish composer Jean Sibelius’ violin concerto, you hear dark, wintry night; pure, crystalline melody above a cushion of pianissimo strings (starlight has a sound!); brooding motifs; a violin that laments but never stops singing. In the second movement, … Read more Finnish perfection: the Sibelius Violin Concerto