The Culmination of Every Tear and Smile: How Do I Name It?


January 23, 2018

The climax of a thought – a moment – is never alone; it is the culmination of every tear and smile that came before, but how do you write it, call it…name it?

Not a label, but a power you give it by recognition, respect, and rest. Writing creates the story, but characters bring the moments. Take a peek into a character’s history.

A character in my manuscript played this instrument since her childhood after a forward thinking teacher settled it across the arms of her chair then turned on the crowd of teachers standing in a gaggle chatting and blasted them for accepting that a child in a wheelchair placed under a shade tree constituted recess. Within days the child found herself seated on a blanket with classmates coming and going to be with her as she played this elegant instrument. She would pause for a moment, to brush a doll’s hair or repair a tire on a toy truck with the skill of her delicate fingers, when the other children settled with her on the blanket, but mostly she liked to play.

The instrument and even the song has been part of the manuscript for a while, but I had no name for the instrument which the character modified from the one in the video and tied to it a history with as many threads as the instrument itself. Today I have a name: A Leguinzheng

Here is to balance in the cycle of life: finding it, adjusting with it, and honoring it with remembrance.





  1. Very interesting about the instrument. It sounds beautiful, the girl is very talented. Nanaoften

    1. Yes, it is beautiful Shirley. Thanks for stopping in to listen. 🙂

  2. Very beautiful and peaceful.

    1. Thank you Faye b. I appreciate you taking the time to listen. It is a beautiful song.

  3. All I can say is …beautiful, absolutely beautiful 💕💕

    1. Thank you Sherry for stopping by to read and listen. I enjoy seeing other writers here. 🙂 As you know, the weave of a story is the braid of a thousand threads. This is one of my favorites.

  4. Definitely inspirational, makes me long for my piano to be finished. I can’t wait until I am able to just sit and play. Playing the piano is a huge stress reliever for me. 🎹🎼

    1. Thank you Edwina for taking the time to listen. I hope you are able to get back to your music soon. Writing is my artistic outlet and I notice when I don’t get to do it.

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