What kind of image do you get with that?
Well… whatever you just thought of, that’s your imagination at play or at the work of play.
For me, chair dancing means dancing in my chair.
Why? Well, I injured myself last November and I’m still healing. When I look at that last sentence, I wonder, when did I get so impatient with the miracle of the physical resilience of this body God gave me? I don’t know, but I think I’m even more impatient than I was as a teenager.
I fell down in November, bruised bones, gave myself massive swelling and edemas (water-filled swellings) in my knees, especially my left knee, and a bit in my right hand. And it is February, four months later and I am healing at a slower rate than I had hoped.
I love to dance, which is difficult when I have been told to rest my knees and sit, or ice and elevate, or possibly do physical therapy exercises, but not too many because… I made my swelling worse by doing too many. Grr.
So, given that I love to dance and sing, and I think both of these activities work best from a standing position, what can I do? (BTW, this does not mean I am particularly good at these activities, but I love to do them.)
But even if I can’t stand up, I can chair dance, which is essentially like car dancing, except with more freedom of movement. I can shake, shimmy, wave my hands in the air like I just don’t care, and do the wave. (Yep, I used to breakdance back when it was newish in the early 80s, and I never injured my back that way – I have scoliosis and actually had stronger back muscles thanks to dance, which kept me out of a brace, but I digress.)
And no, there will be no video evidence recorded.
For some reason, I didn’t even chair dance the first few months of my injuries, partly because I threw my back out when I fell, and partly because I just felt exhausted. Today, though, I definitely did some chair dancing because I am slowly feeling better (despite the exhaustion post last Friday).
So, today, I am thankful I feel good enough for chair dancing. And I dare you to try it. Turn on some tunes you like, or create your own rhythm, and go for it.
Doesn’t that feel good?
Now, onto why I created these posts:
The Reading Challenge
I have been reading non-fiction and poetry, but mainly, I’ve been reading fiction by Indie Authors.
16. Wild Swans by K.M. Shea is a fractured fairy tale, the second of three in Shea’s compilation Timeless Fairy Tales: Books 1-3. I enjoyed this story, partly because I love this fairy tale, and partly because in this version, the main character had more agency. However, I wasn’t sure I liked how much she put up with the bossiness of her stepbrothers.
17. Cinderella and the Colonel by K.M. Shea is a fractured fairy tale, the third of three in Shea’s compilation of Timeless Fairy Tales: Books 1-3. I enjoyed this more than I expected to, and I had a lot of fun reading this story. Again, Cinderella had more agency in this version of the story. All of the characters received a better treatment and I plan on reading this version of the classic a few more times, because there were some really interesting additions to this version.
18. Shield of Shadow by C.F.E. Black is a YA romantic fantasy, and also a coming-of-age story about a young woman who discovers that the power she’s been trying to suppress and use sparingly is actually a sign that she’s one of the most powerful sorcerers of her land, but she’s heard her power could be evil most of her life and so she fears using it. The romantic interest in this particular book didn’t work for me too well, but I did like the main character enough to purchase the next book in the series: Blade of Ash, which I haven’t finished as I write this post.
We finished watching The Recruit as a family, and aw… that cliff hanger. Despite that, we are all sure we want to come back to it when it returns. It’s well-written with great acting and direction. Not sure I loved all of episode 7, but still good. BTW, my family is comprised of YA and adults, and I don’t know if I would watch The Recruit with tweens or younger.
We also started watching Lockwood and Co, which has a slightly creepier vibe than I normally like, but the acting, direction, and dialogue are great. It’s hard to just watch one episode, so we try to keep aside time for two, and then stop.
These are both Netflix shows, and I have to say, Netflix is doing a great job with them.
Shotgun Wedding on Amazon Prime was a fun watch, but despite the talents of the stars and the full cast of known names, it felt very fitting for a streaming show.
Mainly old music again, to get my groove going for chair dancing, or instrumentals for writing. Favorite songs this week: “I’ll Be Alright” by Beckah Shae, “Rhapsody in Blue” (Gershwin), “Me Without You” by Toby Mac, “Good Day” by Nappy Roots, “Ain’t Nobody” by Chaka Khan, “Superstition” by Stevie Wonder, Phil Whickham’s “My All in All”, and a number of Jesse Cook’s guitar solos, along with a writing soundtrack I found on Spotify created by another author. I guess the theme has been mainly upbeat, jazz-funk, with a little flamenco and faith (trying to get myself in the mood to write, dance, and sing).
In middle age, I didn’t think I would be relearning to walk correctly, but I am. I have to remember to keep my knees over my feet. I take small steps. I consider going to Costco a marathon level event. My long driveway is enough of a workout for me, even if I do it separately from my Physical Therapy exercises.
Writing News and Events
I’m not sure I’ll be going to the Litfest at Lakewold Gardens. I intend(ed) to, but the leg has been hurting today, so it’s going to be on a “see how I feel” basis.
I’m enjoying the class I’m teaching: Writing Short Stories Weekly, and I hope my students are getting some motivation, life, and skill out of the class.
For writing life, I have Dark Blade: Tempered releasing one episode a week, Dark Blade: Forged is with a trusted editor, I am uploading a new story under a pen name for Kindle Vella and there’s a story behind that story that I’m not ready to share, but the writing is going well for those and the non-fiction project, and the poetry. My journal is very full and that’s a good thing.
Until next week, why don’t you all do some chair dancing with me? Turn on whatever music you like and go for it. Wave those hands. Shimmy those shoulders. 🙂
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It’s hard to be patient with healing, but you gotta do it so you’ll get back to dancing standing up faster than if you tried to rush things.
As for me, I have no tried chair dancing. I am a bad posture sloucher when I sit so not sure I’d manage many moves. LOL