Getting Away From It All, and a Weekend Concert…

How was your week? I got back from getting away from it all last week. Good R&R for me, and I was glad to get away from work–and now it’s time to get back into it. (I could call it W&W, but “west and wewaxation” probably wouldn’t catch on, even though a classic character made that accent extremely recognizable).

Last Sunday (which seems like a lifetime ago now), I went to a symphony concert, where they did a lot of cool music–including a song called Appalachian Morning that did a good job of capturing that, and another piece, Electric Shock March, that was found by a professor when he got stuck in Italy with not much to do. But the best part of it was…

Star Wars music. At the end (of course–couldn’t have the audience restless if the good part would have been done first). There’s something to be said for keeping people guessing about the what and when of something, but that’s a subject for another post.

Anyway, what made the Star Wars stuff even more cool was the lightsaber the conductor (Mr. John Armstrong, who I’ve written about over here) tried to use instead of a baton to conduct–which he tested slowly to see if it would hit anyone, and got it taken away from him by the trombone dude for insurance reasons. After that, Mr. Armstrong pulled out a lightsaber-keychain thing and used that for the first part of the piece. Hilarious–but that’s the kind of blast Mr. Armstrong really is to be around.

My brother pointed out to me after the concert that the whole thing was staged, but somehow that didn’t make it any less funny.

My point?

Well, doing the unexpected (within limits) can be funny. It can also be just what you need to get unstuck.

There are so many different ways to do so many types of writing successfully it would probably make your head blow off (same with how to do things badly).

If you have a fiction plot with a murder or a detective, how are you going to do things? With the likely thousands of novels out there, there are a lot of ideas about how to solve crimes, what types of character quirks detectives have, and what-have-ya.

What about an email? Write a good subject line–what will you use? Curiosity? Intrigue? Shocking facts? They can all work, depending on the connection you have to your audience, and the one they have to you.

Maybe like the kind a hilarious symphony conductor has with his orchestra and audience.

Until next time,



About Ty Mall

Thanks for stopping by. I've almost always been interested in writing, among other things. Along with discovering pop culture, I've uncovered a lot about the craft over the past 10 years. And whether you're a fiction writer or email copywriter, I'm here to pass on what I've found out. And have a ton of fun in the process.
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