Let’s start with this week’s work-showing. I really wanted to get the second movement of Mozart K332 performance-ready, as it were — and I almost thought it was, but as soon as I put it under the pressure of “making a recording,” I realized there were still some uncertainties in the recapitulation.

This is still astoundingly more specific than it was last week, specifically because I am using some new practice-and-problem-solving techniques that I will write about next week.

But the ending is still… well, you can hear the moment at which it becomes uncertain. This wasn’t a nerves-related fluke, either; I played this piece for Marian Call over Zoom last night (I feel like I ought to restate that as “I played this piece for Alaskan singer-songwriter Marian Call, whose music you should immediately listen to and/or buy”), and the uncertainties appeared again, right in the same place, even though they didn’t show up when I was just playing the piece for myself.

Some of this may also have to do with the whole “I’m getting to the end of the piece, I’ve played it so well, I really really really don’t want to mess up” thing, because of course when you think “I don’t want to mess up” that leads you to think about “messing up” instead of “doing anything else but messing up” and OF COURSE YOU DO.


More on all of this next week.

Before I share where I got published this week, I should let you know that I finally caught up on Beth Jusino’s Market While You Write class (I should probably restate that as “I caught up on the marketing class taught by award-winning writer, editor, and book publishing consultant Beth Jusino, who is based in Seattle”) and Beth suggested that I start collecting your emails for a mailing list.

I have done mailing lists in the past; right now I kind of count this blog as a “mailing list,” since you can subscribe to it by email, but Beth suggested (directly, to me) that not everyone will want to subscribe to a daily blog post but some people might like to subscribe to a weekly blog roundup or a monthly announcement post.

Which is, in general, the opposite of what I want (I tend to delete announcement emails on sight, because if I’m already following the person through their blog or social media feed I already know what the announcement is going to be).


I am but one data point, and you can provide many — so let me know if you want me to create a separate mailing list that isn’t just “subscribe to my blog via email.”

(Bonus data points if you let me know what you’d like that mailing list to include and how often you’d like to receive emails.)

Let’s take a look at where I got published this week!


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  1. As another data point: I hate the current newsletter trend. I appreciate it being a way for people to return to “self-publishing” their medium-to-long-form pieces. But I refuse to have it in my email. I try to treat some of the newsletters like blogs, though the failure to have accessible/browsable archives is a disappointment when I stumble onto someone new to me. (Pateron is a weird in-between space with the way posts get emailed out. I’m happy for many of those, but still don’t really want them in my inbox.)

    All to say, I will not sign up for the mailing list. But I will keep visiting nicoledieker.com and texting my sister about favorite posts.

    1. Excellent, thank you! (I agree about newsletters and email — I’d rather not have them pushed towards me, and if a newsletter is good enough to remember to check on a regular basis it’s good enough to read.)

  2. I have similar performance issues – both playing a new song for an audience and (now that I’m an actor) doing Zoom acting auditions, the failure mode I most often have to fight against when I have an audience is wanting to *increase the pace* so as to get it over with. I’ll accidentally find I’m going a bit too fast and then because I’m going a bit too fast my fingers or tongue or brain are likely to trip in areas that shouldn’t have been a problem had I stuck to a more leisurely pace.

    For guitar, practicing with a metronome helps a lot with this – I should do that more.

    Question: How often do you tune your piano? Is it possible you’re being thrown by it not quite *sounding* right in a few places for reasons that have nothing to do with what your fingers are doing?

    I read nicoledieker.com using a blogreader (Feedly) which is fine for my needs – an email wouldn’t add anything to that experience. But you might be asking the wrong people! I mean, by definition people who are currently reading and interacting regularly with your blog are people who didn’t need an email reminder to find your content so the question should be whether there are *other* people who would benefit from being on your mailing list.

  3. I know we need the piano tuned, something something pandemic, and I don’t think the out-of-tuneness is quite the issue here. Not as much as it might be if I were playing guitar, for example.

    And agreed, the people who are interacting regularly with The Blog are probably not the people who need reminders to read The Blog.

    So the real question is how to get more people to interact regularly, and I’m not sure that “email” is the answer.

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