The Classical Girl turns five

The Classical Girl, as you longtime readers might know, was a concept I’d created on the eve of 2013. A New Year’s resolution of sorts. My ballet novels were long completed, out being shopped, and I missed researching and living inside the dance world terribly. I knew, as a writer, that it was good to enforce … Read more

It’s Acoustic Neuroma Awareness Week

Acoustic neuromas seem to want to feature into my extended family. If you’re one of my regular readers, you’ve likely heard the story of my sister and her acoustic neuroma, but a different sister found herself with an extra chapter to the story. Two years ago, she and her husband had an appointment with an ENT specialist following up on his own symptoms … Read more

Ballet terms made simple

To help celebrate Mother’s Day all month long, enjoy the books of the Ballet Theatre Chronicles (Off Balance, Outside the Limelight, Ballet Orphans) for 99 cents, through the entire month of May, including the recently released Other Stages (“Motherhood meets the performing arts”)   Just click on their titles! In putting the final touches on my novel, OUTSIDE THE … Read more

10 ballet novels [for adults] you’ll love

To help celebrate Mother’s Day all month long, enjoy the books of the Ballet Theatre Chronicles (Off Balance, Outside the Limelight, Ballet Orphans) for 99 cents, through the entire month of May, including the recently released Other Stages (“Motherhood meets the performing arts”)   Just click on their titles! For a long time, “ballet fiction” meant the books … Read more

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