Why I’ve Been Away

WORDS BY
Jacqui James

IN AUGUST LAST year I underwent major surgery and the recovery period can be three months to a year. Before the surgery, I wholeheartedly believed I would be back to my normal within six months.

RIP Rod Davitt aka Monkeytin. May you be rockin’ up there!

Then my unrelated chronic nerve pain ramped up to a cruel level in December, so I was prescribed stronger medications. These medications cause me to make stupid mistakes. I would never want to make mistakes in my writing, especially when I’m writing up interviews for artists/bands who count on me for publicity. So I’ve made the difficult decision to rest for now. I still dream of interviewing people like Charles Esten aka Deacon from Nashville who’s been in Australia for “Australia’s Biggest International Country & Roots Festival!”. During my recovery I’ve had lots of time to read books and watch TV series and I’ve just started watching Nashville (thanks to Ronan Keating’s recommendation at his wonderful concert last year)

Anyway, I just wanted to say I haven’t abandoned my proudest creation Gigs ‘n Interviews. I often think about starting up again, but even though my mind’s willing (kind of), my body’s definitely not.

On a very sad note, one of my very first artists I reviewed, then befriended lost his silent battle with cancer last month. He didn’t advertise his battle, so when I found out he had passed it was a huge shock. I had a heavy heart for a few days. Rod Davitt was a great guy who loved to rock out with anyone, but he was a really sweet guy who saw something in my writing and encouraged me to follow my dreams to become a journalist. RIP Rod!

 

Jacqui James

I'm an Australian author and music journalist from Melbourne. I've had articles and poetry published in several magazines and newspapers since finishing my Diploma in Professional Writing and Editing in 2001. In 2010 Gigs 'n Interviews was born. I launched it with my first big named interview and that was Vanessa Amorosi and then in 2012 I felt unbelievably privileged to interview Ronan Keating. I'm extremely proud of what Gigs 'n Interviews has become as it's seen as a platform for emerging artists and entertainers to be heard.

Looking forward to writing more children's books, I hope to change the wrong perception of children and adults with disabilities as I was born with Severe Cerebral Palsy (like Christy Brown who wrote My Left Foot). People can view my books at www.jacquijames.net

If you would like to know more about myself, please visit http://www.jacquirogers.com.au/

Thanks for dropping by at Gigs 'n Interviews

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