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Last fall I took a writing course at our community college. I learned a lot and really enjoyed myself.  I discovered that writing gives me freedom.  Freedom to create whatever I want. I can tell a true story based on actual people, places, and time or I can make up or invent characters and places, and put them in a make-believe world.  My choice.  But no matter what I create, it is mostly for my own enjoyment and accomplishment.

You are probably thinking "How do you know if you are becoming a better writer?"  Well, I've joined a local writer's group here in Carson City, Nevada.  I's a splendid group with a very diversified collection of backgrounds, education, and opinions.  We meet every two weeks and we usually critique four works from submissions within our group.  It is a great way to get feed-back on your work and style.  The group is known as Lone Mt Writers.

Within the next few weeks I will be sharing some of my thoughts as a new writer.  As with any new venture, there is a lot to learn, but as many will agree, learn by doing!





I've always enjoyed music.  All kinds.  But when I got my first real guitar, I was hooked on rock & roll.  My next door neighbor and I took lessons for several years and learned to play the classics (not "Classical Gas"), the real stuff..."Raunchy"..."Walk Don't Run"...."Apache".


Here I am, all of thirteen, and pickin' at my neighbors.  We had fun.

Today, I my next door neighbor is a man who not only plays the guitar, but builds and repairs them. So that got me thinking about an old guitar that was my father's when he was a teenager.  He never learned to play but was always interested in my progress when I took lessons in Jr. High.  Here is picture of Dad's 1920-1930 Melophonic.

Front of my Melophonic showing all the hardware as well as the original lacquer finish.
Front of my Melophonic showing all the hardware as well as the original lacquer finish.






This guitar was difficult to play and really had no sound quality.  So I took my first lessons on another old acoustic that my parents bought from my music teacher (which wasn't much easier to play, but at least it produced some sound).

More on the fate of Dad's old Melophonic in my next post!

Hello, and welcome to Dubious Tea. Like many websites that deal in leisure activities, this one will feature music, photography, and writing. That doesn't mean there won't be other interests, it means as the site creator, I am actively dabbling in the featured ones, and would like to share my experiences with you.

As for the Dubious Tea.  Mystery writers enjoy characters who offer it to their guests.  Sometimes its innocent, other times sinister.  Check the book site category and see what's brewing!