Friday, July 30, 2010

endless inspiration

This weekend Paul, my little fiddler, and I are headed over the mountains to the state fiddle camp. It's sort of a working vacation for me ~ him, too:) He's all ready to go and has packed "Lucy" as he calls his violin in her case. We're very excited as this is an amazing event where you take lessons from and play with master musicians from all over Washington State. Lots of great music, food, and dancing. Plus the weather is just right way over there ~ temps of 100 degrees or so and plenty of sunshine. If I close my eyes I can pretend I'm home in Kentucky:) When it's sunny outside, I'm sunny inside. I just plain love hot weather and always have.

I don't believe in coincidences, just divine instances. In this case, it was providential that I turned TCL in and am now off to fiddle camp. All that music is bound to provide endless inspiration. You see, one of the major themes in my next historical is music. You can probably guess what kind of instrument...

The violin sings but the fiddle dances. ~ Mark Twain

A table, a chair, a bowl of fruit and a violin; what else does a man need to be happy? ~ Albert Einstein

Bless you till we meet again!


  1. Laura, sounds like a fun time. Wish I could run up the highway and join you. Hope you and Paul are both inspired by soaking in great music (and for Paul, playing).

    But... you LIKE 100 degree temps? High summer is my absolute least favorite time of year. I feel like I've been drugged, and am dragging through my days. Give me cool weather and even some fog or rain, and my energy level soars. Amazing how we're all so different, and suited for various places on earth. :)

  2. I grew up with a Dad who played guitar, banjo, steel guitar, and a little mandolin. Other family and friends filled in with other guitars, mandolins and fiddle. So, you're talking right up my alley!

    Michelle V

  3. Laura, hope you both have a wonderful time. Have fun. I loved your line about being sunny inside, when it's sunny outside. So fitting.

  4. Ooooh, cant wait to hear about the next one! Have a great time at the festival....and glad someone enjoys 100+ ;) you'd be in heaven here this weekend ;)

  5. Music theme? Already, I can't wait to read your next work!

    Hope you have lots of fun at camp. :) It sounds perfect.

  6. Hoping you have a wonderful weekend, filled with as much sunshine and warm temperatures as your heart desires.

  7. It definitely sounds divine! And a well-deserved respite for you after slogging away at your book all these long months!

    We have a fiddle festival up here as well...towards the end of August and it's amazing to hear what wee little kidlets can play! Ours has a more Celtic flavour -- not sure if that's typical of fiddle music all around or just unique to us with our Irish and Scottish heritage up here.

    Enjoy the sunshine -- both inside and out. :-)

  8. Hey Laura! Praying you and Paul have a wonderful time at fiddle camp! I would love to hear you guys play- a fiddle isn't something I hear a whole lot of where I'm from ;) And music as a major theme in your next book?! I LOVE it!! Praying you find lots of inspiration on your trip :)

    Great quotes, too, as always! And YOU provided an awesome quote when you said, "I don't believe in coincidences, just divine instances." Amen!! That was beautiful and it's going in my journal, too :D

    Have a beautiful weekend and a safe trip!!

    Amanda Stanley

    PS- Philippians 1:3 right back at you, my friend :)

  9. Oh, what a nice break for you! Have fun!

  10. Have a wonderful time, Laura! Soak in the sunshine and music.

  11. Hope all goes well! I'm being inspired on my trip, too, and it's a wonderful feeling. :) And I absolutely love the violin and fiddle! I can't play them, but I love the sounds others can bring forth from them. I'm a big fan of bluegrass, so give me the fiddle, banjo, bass, and guitar any day! ;)

    Thanks for sharing, and may the Lord bless you with "endless inspiration," as you so aptly named your post. :)


  12. Oh, have a wonderful time, Laura! Being a pianist, I never got to go to camps - pianos aren't uber-portable, after all! ;)

    If it's 100 degrees, I hope you have low humidity! That's the killer, here. I don't mind hot weather, but when you can cut the air with a knife, it's a bit much.

    I can't wait to read about your next heroine who is a musician! Roxanne the fiddler? Heavenly.

    Bless you, and enjoy yourself!

  13. Hi Laura, I am a friend of Mary Baileys, who introduced me to your writing.....Which I love!

    Funny you should mention the violin...I've been feeling a yearning for about a year to learn to play the when I was visiting my brother last week (age 76) I borrowed my grandfather's violin so I can take lessons. So far I haven't found a teacher....but I pray I will.

  14. Love the Twain quote.
    Have fun:)

  15. Bless you all for your comments! I've been without my computer for the last 11 days or so and haven't been able to respond to comments here like usual but appreciate each and every one! Bless you all!