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Sometimes You Just Hafta Go Crazy [Jun. 14th, 2012|12:23 am]
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I take voice lessons from our choir director, an exceedingly good teacher--enthusiastic, creative, intuitive, and tough.    But he has, quite a few times, told me to "think like a diva" or "pretend you're a diva" rather than my obviously timid (in the singing situation) self. 

So there I was at A-Kon, and there was a seller of wildly colored wigs.  Including lush, long ones with curling tendrils and things.   And on the last day...I still had money in my bag and I'd been thinking about choir (which I was missing, being there) ...and temptation called.   There are probably few things more ridiculous than a woman my age with a big, full, "Texas hair" type bright (!!!)  turquoise (!!!) wig...unless it's that woman dressed up to surprise her voice coach at a lesson, in a shiny royal purple robe (it was our son's high-school graduation robe--the school colors are purple and white.)   The wig is definitely a diva sort of wig.   It lacked only a Miss Piggy nose and ears and tiara (had no time to hunt for them, sigh.)  

When I got to the church, I put on the wig and robe in one of the downstairs women's restrooms, and then went upstairs toward the choir room, where my lessons are.    Choir director's office door was open a little, and I heard his voice, talking to the organist, so I glanced in...and he caught site of the turquoise and purple apparation.  Jaw-drop and confusion...I waved airily and sauntered off to the choir room.  It wasn't long before he came looking--he hadn't recognized me, and the jaw-drop happened again when he discovered who was inside the costume. 

Sometimes you just have to go a little crazy.   It's been a tough week for me and a lot of my friends, due to the suicide of a friend, but this...sorta kinda helped. 





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[User Picture]From: galeni
2012-06-14 06:27 am (UTC)

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Brava!!!

You're awesome.
[User Picture]From: fluidsparkles
2012-06-14 07:41 am (UTC)

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that's great I hope he appreciated the effort you went to . :)
[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2012-06-14 04:54 pm (UTC)

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Judging by the wide grin, yes.
From: (Anonymous)
2012-06-14 09:55 am (UTC)

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absolutely brilliant!
[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2012-06-14 04:56 pm (UTC)

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Thanks!
From: 6_penny
2012-06-14 12:50 pm (UTC)

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And how did you sing in your divadisguise?

Edited at 2012-06-14 12:50 pm (UTC)
[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2012-06-14 04:56 pm (UTC)

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I didn't keep it on during the lesson (the room was warm and a little stuffy, and the wig is HOT...even the thin graduation gown is hot--both are synthetic and breathe about as well as concrete.)

However, I can accomplish a Miss-Piggyish stentorian and unmusical bellow in it.
From: 6_penny
2012-06-14 07:28 pm (UTC)

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Too bad it is hot - it would be a splendid disguise for readings! Perhaps with Brunhilda breastplate and spear!
[User Picture]From: gifted
2012-06-14 01:03 pm (UTC)

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That's fantastic, had me grinning.

Though I'm so very sorry to hear about your friend.
From: geekmerc
2012-06-14 01:30 pm (UTC)

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I'm glad you enjoyed A-Kon, and as my young cousin would say, it's the uptight, serious, and self centered people in the world who are crazy. She's just imaginative and expressive. I'm sure some of that is her youth, but I hope she doesn't lose it as she gets older. We need more laughter in life.

I'm sorry to hear about your friend. I hope you continue to find moments to laugh.

On another note, I am going on a cruise in August. I have a problem. Your new book isn't out yet, and I doubt it would take me a week to read it. I'm thinking of Vatta's War or perhaps the last four of the Familias Regnant universe. I could, of course, reread Paks (for the fourth time this year?) again. However, being on a cruise, I think I'll want something fresh and new to savor.

Know any good cruise literature? Wild sea escapades would be fun. I won't imagine our ship caught in a storm or sinking too often. :)

I hate to do it, but I might end up making these the first DRM e-books I get, as carrying a bunch of hardbacks on a cruise is just asking for trouble. Which is why I'm leaning towards Vatta's War. I don't own any of the series, and I have never had the desire to get rid of your books to date.

Edited at 2012-06-14 01:31 pm (UTC)
[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2012-06-14 02:52 pm (UTC)

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Having never been on a cruise, I don't know what makes good cruise reading, but Vatta's War--though not wild sea escapades (wild space escapades instead) might work for you. So might Sharon Lee & Steve Miller's Liaden books, which I enjoy a lot. I don't know if the e-versions are the singles or the later omnibus versions, but I really enjoy Agent of Change, Carpe Diem, (the omnibus is titled Agent of Change), Plan B and I Dare (that omnibus is titled Korval's Game.) There's also Jack Campbell's Lost Fleet books (though they are less swashbuckling, if swashbuckling is what you're after.)
From: geekmerc
2012-06-14 03:04 pm (UTC)

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I've never been on a cruise, either. My grandfather is taking his last cruise in life and a lot of family are going. Not only will it be a great experience for my family and I, it's a good chance to spend some time with the extended family.

Thanks for the pointers. I'll check them out. I have slowly been catching up on your older works. Of new series that I read, all the next books seem slated for 2013. This has been a slow year. I'm craving new literature that is dependable. I'd love to read A Song of Ice and Fire, but I am waiting for him to complete the series. He's too unreliable in publishing, and nothing aggravates me more than having the author die during an epic. I think Sanderson has done a wonderful job completing Robert Jordan's work. Frank Herbert's children were a real disappointment. I finally quit reading the Dune series when I was 12. I occasionally do reread Dune itself.

Sorry, I'm rambling again. :)
[User Picture]From: reading_angel
2012-06-14 08:37 pm (UTC)

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I would very much recommend the Vatta's War books.

Also, Remnant Population is my absolute favourite Elizabeth Moon book. If you haven't read it yet, you really ought to!
From: geekmerc
2012-09-05 04:43 am (UTC)

Thank you!

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I absolutely loved Vatta's War on the cruise.

I checked out Remnant Population from the library (I love this local library! It actually has Elizabeth Moon books!). I finished it around 5:30 in the morning. I couldn't put it down. I immediately told my best friend that he should make a movie of it (He's a writer/director). Most books are hard to make into a movie, but I think it has the perfect story for one; a very unique one.
[User Picture]From: yerfdogyrag
2012-06-14 01:30 pm (UTC)

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And you didn't wear it to choir practice? Awwwww...

Gary
[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2012-06-14 02:54 pm (UTC)

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Well, the wig's HOT. Also, we were having guest singers at choir practice, working toward a concert later this month. I'm willing to startle the regulars, but we don't need to scare off the visitors by demonstrating there's a wild woman in the midst of the altos.
[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2012-06-14 04:57 pm (UTC)

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Later in the year maybe. On a cold day (if we have one.) I think it should come as a surprise...well, it won't surprise David anymore, but it may startle some others.
[User Picture]From: shockwave77598
2012-06-14 02:41 pm (UTC)

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I am sorry about your friend. But yes, a little silliness goes a long way into making life fun for yourself and others. (Me, I use puppets and record silly filks.)
[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2012-06-14 04:58 pm (UTC)

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Puppets? What kind of puppets?
[User Picture]From: orionsmom
2012-06-14 02:52 pm (UTC)

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Sometimes the only way to stay sane is to pretend to be insane.
Good for you! :)
[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2012-06-14 04:59 pm (UTC)

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Thanks! It was fun...and the lesson went very well after that.

By rehearsal, though, I was tired and had much more trouble producing a tone that didn't sound like Darth Vader's breathing.
[User Picture]From: made_of_paradox
2012-06-14 06:00 pm (UTC)

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I'm grinning at the account of your escapades. :) Thank you for sharing!
From: otterb
2012-06-15 11:09 am (UTC)

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I'm connecting this to your Paksworld post about register. It's a change in interaction pattern, not based so much on who you're interacting with, but on who you want to be. I'm a quiet sort, and when I need to let loose my inner diva, it helps to become someone else - including, maybe, dressing the part. Then I can think, what would I sing like (or how would I act at this party, or how would I confront this person) if I was DivaWoman instead of plain old me. :-)