By Jessica Duchen

The mystery of Beethoven's lost love – Immortal Beloved.

Wednesday, 18 March 2020

My London diary, going live on my blog

Dear friends and supporters,

I hope you are all keeping well, coping well and not feeling too anxious. It is a strange time and I've been hesitating to write updates because things change so rapidly, from day to day and sometimes hour to hour. 

I was hoping to invite you to some nice IMMORTAL concerts in late spring, but most of the planned events are being cancelled. In a way, this is positive because hopefully they can be rearranged for autumn or next year, once the book has actually come out. Losing my work writing programme notes for concerts has a silver lining in providing extra time to tackle the Beethoveny rewrites that will doubtless be necessary when the book comes back from its editor.

Meanwhile, I have just turned my semi-dormant blog site, JDCMB, into a coronacrisis diary. I'm aiming to write it daily, for several reasons: to chronicle what's going on, to feel connected to readers, friends and neighbours all over the world, and to make sure I write something reasonably creative every day. I used to treat it as a warm-up exercise, just as dancers take class every morning even if they are preparing to be Princess Aurora that night, and now I plan to do so again.

A colleague once told me that it's not enough to write: "You have to do something." Well, for writers, writing is doing. We write. That's what we do. And sometimes what we write makes other people do something much more effectively. 

You can find my daily diary at the blog site, here: I won't put an update on Unbound about it every day, but if you want yet another regular inbox delivery you can sign up for it in the box on the blog sidebar. 

I hope you enjoy reading it and that it is helpful in some way, shape or form. 

Hang in there, as they say, and see you soon.

Love and best wishes,
Jessica x

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