Hoppy Easter!

I hope everyone has had a safe and wonderful Easter Holiday.

I know that things have been a little crazy lately…at times I don’t even know what to think. These recent events have been pretty sad, and I’ve been constantly worrying about my family, many of which are front line workers.

I am so thankful for them, and know that they have all been working incredibly hard. They are doing their best to stay optimistic, despite the days where things seem hopeless, and that is an incredible strength.

This was the first Easter…I think in my entire life…where we didn’t have at least fifteen people in our house. It was weird. We still ended up making too much food, since it was just four of us, but on the bright side we probably won’t need to cook for the rest of the week. Hot Turkey Sandwiches and apple pies are definitely a delicious, comforting food to have.

I haven’t been working, which is incredibly weird for me. I had all these things planned out for March and the end of April….I was going to travel this summer, work on some shows, hopefully book some more commercials, master that B chord on the guitar that mocks me constantly…I’m also pretty sure my book release is also going to be delayed. I haven’t discussed this with my editor or publisher, but based on what’s happening right now, it seems more than likely.

Still, it gives me time to edit and work on the sequel, which is going well so far. It’s significantly longer than book one, but I’ve decided not to let it bother me too much. It’s easier to cut things out than to add things in. At least that’s what I’ve learned as a performer. You’re better off giving more in a performance and being asked to pull a little back, than trying to muster up more. I decided I’d apply that same advice to my writing. I wish I could remember who gave me that advice honestly…it was either my coach or a director I worked with. Well, whoever it was, I remembered it so thank you! It was very good advice.

I’ve been on a bit of a break from writing since my birthday, but I’m going to try and get back into it this week. I think with all that was going on, I needed time to come to terms with what my new normal would be. I think everyone has had to adjust, and are still adjusting…but that’s okay. We’ll get through this, despite us all being apart, we are still a team, and as long as we each keep doing our part and do our best to stay positive, I think we’re going to pull through.

I wish everyone the best during these times, my thoughts and prayers go out to you and your loved ones.

–Ardin.

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