Birthday Blog Month Jan06 – Sandra Lindsey

Welcome to January’s Birthday Blog, with a post – or maybe more – a day for your entertainment and fun :).

cheerToday’s guest is SANDRA LINDSEY. Please show your appreciation for the post if you enjoy it, and all the author’s links are below for you to take forward. Watch every day for any Rafflecopter giveaways, and don’t forget there’s ALSO a Grand Prize Draw at the end of the month for ONE lucky commenter.

Many thanks for dropping in, and have a great January!

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Are You Dancing?

As a teenager, I did A Level Music. Part of this was a practical performance exam, and as I had been a little lax in practicing in earlier years, I found the move from GCSE to A level standard quite tough. At one point, my flute teacher said, “You’ve got an internal metronome, Sandra, but you need to turn it off.” His point being that, in order to progress, I needed to learn to feel the shape and emotion of a piece of music, not just see and approach it as a technical challenge.

Fast-forward about a decade, and in 2008 we moved from a middle-England market town to a small village in the mountains of Mid Wales. As we knew my husband would be working away from home all week for at least the first year of our being here, one of my priorities was finding ways to meet people and make new local friends.

dance-shoesSo I took up line dancing.

Now, I know, there’s probably at least half of you who will have laughed out loud at the thought of doing line dancing, and believe me it wasn’t top of my list of “things to do in my lifetime”. But the thing about small villages is that there’s not usually a wide range of social activities on offer.

Seven years on, and I’m still line dancing. Only once a week, and I usually stay for just the first half of the session these days, but most Wednesdays I’ll be across the road from my house, in the community centre, having a laugh and learning new dances.

There’s two things I’ve learned from taking up line dancing:

1) Even if something scares you (meeting new people), or you think it’ll never really be your sort of thing (line dancing), give it a go because sometimes it’s more important to have a place where you can just have a laugh and catch up on gossip than it is that the activity fits in with your usual self-image.

2) Just because something is a disadvantage in one area doesn’t mean it’s a complete negative. The internal metronome thing? Turns out that while it was quite a difficulty for me to overcome & get to the standard I needed to for my music A level, it’s exactly the right sort of attribute to have for dancing.

So, as a lot of you will be thinking about changing habits, or taking up new things, in this shiny new year of 2016, I’d like to encourage you to have a go at something you might never have considered doing before. For me, seven years ago, that was movidance-shoes-2ng to a small village and taking up line dancing. There’s one or two other social activities on offer these days, and this year I plan to add an extra one: I’d like to start up a model railway club.

In the meantime, if you see me sitting down when there’s music playing, you can always ask “Are you dancin’?”, and I might respond “Are you askin’?”

~~Sandra Lindsey~~

At Goodreads

 

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Follow the month’s posts at your leisure:

Jan 01: RJ Scott on her inspiration for a new series in 2016.
Jan 01: Temple Dragon on giving for free during December.
Jan 02: Chrissy Munder on an author’s passion for paper planners.
Jan 03: Meredith Russell on inspirational cop series.
Jan 04: Becky Black on her five-year anniversary as an author.
Jan 05: Alexa Milne on characters stepping outside their comfort zone.

 

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Clare London took her pen name from the city where she lives, loves, and writes. A lone, brave female in a frenetic, testosterone-fuelled family home, she juggles her writing with her other day job as an accountant. She’s written in many genres and across many settings, with award-winning novels and short stories published both online and in print. She says she likes variety in her writing while friends say she’s just fickle, but as long as both theories spawn good fiction, she’s happy. Most of her work features male/male romance and drama with a healthy serving of physical passion, as she enjoys both reading and writing about strong, sympathetic, and sexy characters. Clare currently has several novels sulking at that tricky chapter three stage and plenty of other projects in mind... she just has to find out where she left them in that frenetic, testosterone-fuelled family home. Clare loves to hear from readers, and you can contact her here: Website: http://www.clarelondon.com E-mail: clarelondon11@yahoo.co.uk Blog: www.clarelondon.com/blog Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/clarelondon Twitter: https://twitter.com/clare_london Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/clarelondon Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/author/clarelondon/ Google+ : https://plus.google.com/u/0/+ClareLondon/posts

19 thoughts on “Birthday Blog Month Jan06 – Sandra Lindsey

  1. Can I come and live with you? Dancing is in my blood, and I also have an internal metronome. I’m always the first up if there is music playing. This included yesterday’s wake, as the 94 year old late lady was also first on the dance floor inspiring others in the community.

    I started my big thing I never thought I’d do last year – international travel solo. It came out of necessity – it’s my life goal to photograph every country in the world, and I couldn’t find anyone to do it with me. I managed four last year, despite my disabilities. If I do it at that pace, it will take me 50 years. Hey, maybe you and I could find a new country that does line dancing events and join in. 🙂

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    • I think you’re in a totally different league to me with dancing! And your photography is amazing 🙂

      Not sure what my husband would say about you moving in – probably “Hey you’ve not finished decorating the spare room yet, Sandra!” but I’m sure it would be fun 😀

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      • I’m going to oppress my British self deprecating gene and take those compliments as gifts of prosperity. 🙂 Thank you.

        I’m a dab hand at decorating. Your spare room is in safe hands lol I do intend to move away from my middle-England market town into Wales and New Zealand, just as soon as I find either the health or the carers to do so.

        At the next UK Meet we’re both at, we can start our own story. I’ll ask you if you’re dancing, and you can have a moment where you think “Holy crap, she’s way out of my (dancing) league!” But you’ll say yes, anyway. I’m that persuasive…

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  2. I’m one of those that don’t have an internal metronome so I’m not very coordinated when I do take a dance-type exercise class. But it is fun to just do it. Line dancing sounds like a lot of fun. Being from the USA, please excuse my ignorance, but is your line dancing similar to Michael Flatley’s Lord of the Dance Irish dancing?

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    • The ability to have fun & not worry about getting things right all the time is far more important for enjoying dancing than an internal metronome 😀

      The line dancing we do is derived from US country dancing which there was a bit of a craze for over here in the 90s. These days it’s less about cowboy hats & more enjoying dancing where having a partner is not usually required, and dances may be to pretty much any style of music (though a large number are still country songs)… hope that answers your question without me blethering on too much 🙂

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    • erm.. I can at a future one if you want? I also have a clarinet, though I’m entirely self-taught on that…
      …and I’ve not played either for *years* (I keep being terribly British & worrying I’ll disturb the neighbours, which has not been helped by them now having a baby/young child…)

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    • I think any activity is fun if you go in with the expectation of having fun, and are lucky enough to find similarly minded people in the group 🙂
      It’s definitely something I would never have done when living in a town or city but in a village with a population of less than 400* I’ve had to step outside my comfort zone quite a lot more than I used to – and it’s a goldmine for writing inspiration!

      *the number of adults on the electoral register for our village is about 250, so this figure includes children and in all honesty it’s probably less than 300 even with them!

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  3. I actually think that sounds like a lot of fun. Unfortunately for me, I am the one traveling all week and so I’m pretty rough by the weekend to get in on “local” activities before I’m off to the airport at 4:00 a.m. on Mondays. I guess I’m going to have to save up all this stuff for when I’m retired – which I’m afraid won’t be for some years yet. UGH!

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    • Oh, that doesn’t sound very fun, I hope the job makes up for being away from home so much 😦 My husband used to be away with work all week which is partly why I had “get involved with village things” as such a high priority when we moved here…

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    • Everyone has their thing, though, don’t they? My husband refuses to get involved with my dancing – when we have village events & get up to join my line dancing friends on the dance floor, he just watches from the table with a bemused expression on his face!

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    • Oh, I’ve trodden on my own toes while dancing at least once (and it wasn’t when I first started either)! I think it’s far better to have a go at something and find it’s not for you, than to never try for fear of failure 🙂

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