December 26, 2017

Now

What I’m Doing Now

  • Weddings. After a very busy May, I have very few weddings booked over the summer, which is to be expected for Phoenix. I am still getting a regular flow of incoming requests, and have met with several interested couples recently.
  • Desert Overture and Desert City Jazz. As of June 30, I have concluded my term of the board of Desert Overture Live Cultural Entertainment, Inc. All of my duties have been transitioned off to others. I am relieved. I don’t plan to participate in Desert Overture in the foreseeable future, but I am continuing with Desert City Jazz.
  • Writing. On July 16, RetireFabulously.com turned 5 years old. I celebrated by publishing a new post – my first in about six months. Now that my commitments to Desert Overture are over, I am stepping up my writing, both for RF and for a novel. I am now back in the habit of reserving two hours a day in a study room at the Chandler Library.
  • Playlists. After years of talking about it, we finally retired my 400-CD disc changer and have transitioned to using a dedicated computer for our music storage. For the past couple months, I have been creating playlists to use when we’re in the pool, hosting parties, enjoying brunch, etc.

What I’m Reading Now

I finished Bird By Bird,by Anne Lamott. It’s subtitled, “Instructions on Writing and Life.” Overall, it was a good book and she offered some excellent advice on writing. There were times I felt like she went off on tangents of personal stories for too long at a time, without sufficient justifying value. But overall, I liked it.

Now I’m focusing on working down my 1 1/2-year stack of magazines.

What I’m Listening to Now

I do most of my listening while I’m driving. I have several artists in rotation. I will go through my entire collection of CDs by that artist, then move on to someone else.

Here are the artists in my current rotation:

  • Chicago
  • T-Square (Japanese fusion band)
  • Randy Brecker
  • Stan Getz
  • Andy Narell (steel drums)
  • Hendrik Meurkens (harmonica)

Last updated July 22, 2018  |  This “Now” page was inspired by Derek Sivers.