Saturday, March 24, 2012

Dancing Like The Stars

First, we'd like to apologize for not posting as regularly as we once did. Our excuse is that over last few months we have been up to our elbows in things that are so exciting that, at times, it's difficult to concentrate on what day it is let alone sit still long enough to write.

Let me reinforce our excuse by also saying there are many things of which we are grateful. First of all, the Master of all things has granted us good health, without which we would not be able to enjoy all the things we love to do. Health has given us strength; the strength to do things like publish novels, now both electronically and in print. This is partially why we've not been blogging as much—mostly because the print part is more labor intensive.

For those who don't know yet, late last year we began offering our authors print versions of their novels. But there is also a second love, beyond the deep love we share for each other, and that is the love of dance.
Those who follow us on Twitter and our Facebook friends are possibly aware of this second love, but for those who would like more details, here is the rest of the story.

The subject is literacy. What does that have to do with dancing? I'm glad you asked, because our local Kokomo Literacy Association is sponsoring their version of Dancing with the Stars. At the beginning of the new year, this foundation began a recruitment drive that included sponsors, an announcer, judges, a facility, catering, a photographer, video tech, a dance instructor with dance studio, a DJ, volunteers, and last, but not least, volunteer dancers because what would Dancing with the Stars be without dancers? The volunteer dancers would receive 8 weeks of dance training, one hour per week and at the end of that time would compete for a first place trophy and a night of free food, music and of course more dancing. The culmination of all of this will occur today, Saturday, March 24. 2012, to be exact.

Being neck deep in publishing and having a deep affection for dancing of all forms, Sharene and I decided to volunteer. We will dance International Waltz, representing the Kokomo Dance Club.

Little did we know about all the other stuff above—the video, pictures, makeup, lessons and having, at the end of it all, to dance in front of an audience of 250 people who are paying money (the money goes to teaching people to read) to watch us dance. Little did we know also that there would be press interviews, news releases and all the challenges of being treated like a local celebrity? Wow, if we had only known. But it's been loads of fun—so far. Last evening was our onsite rehearsal. This evening we will do our schtick. If all goes well and we don't literally break a leg, we'll report back on how it went. The butterflies are chewing on our insides as we speak. Please wish us luck