HAPPY BIRTHDAY DEAR BLOG

My first post was actually on the 10th July 2009, but let’s not quibble, shall we? I’d like to take a moment to wish my blog a very happy 2nd birthday.

I started this blog just as I finished my creative writing course. My aim was to develop my own fiction, share my thoughts about writing and connect with the writing community. After two years of being constrained by the academic treadmill, I felt it was time to break free and do my own thing.

I started with a prose poem Midwinter, and the first of many plugs of the month  being for my lovely sister Julia Williams, who is, coincidentally this month’s plug. Although I don’t manage to do it every month, I’ve been delighted to use this blog to advertise her work, the poems of my sister Joanna Clark and friend, Karen Annesen, and the fiction of my writing buddies, Catherine Chanter and Rachel Crowther.

I had high hopes of writing articles here, and intended to keep regular series going: Art and Craft, has featured Graham Greene and William Goulding; Sublime Screenplay: The Sopranos, ERFinding Nemo; Rave Reviews: Gilead and Oranges are Not the Only Fruit. I’ve got a whole bunch more I’d like to write, and add one on Children’s Classics, but alas, there never seems to be time.

The main purpose of this blog has been to experiment in my fiction. It took me a while to work out how best to do this until my husband pointed out #fridayflash to me. #fridayflash is a community of writers who post flash  fiction on their blog each Friday and advertise it via twitter. Although I don’t manage to write or read #fridayflash every week, in the last 18 months, it has become an indispensable part of my writing life. I love the discipline of capturing a story in 1,000 words or less, enjoy reading other people’s stories and the warmth of connecting with other great writers. I haven’t counted how many #friday flashes I’ve written, but here’s a random selection that I quite like. Alive,alive o is the voice of the anti-hero of my next novel (if I ever finish the current one), A Day In the Life an experiment in twitter that doesn’t quite come off, but was fun to do.  I like Tommy Rot even though it’s very sad, and Submission which is based inspired by a  holiday I took in Morocco. Golden Girl reflects my passion for running, whilst Protecting the Legacy seemed the only possible reaction to last year’s election. Moving Out is, I hope, a playful response to a particular curse of modern motherhood,  whilst Bad Weather Warning and On the Mudflats deal with some bleak political realities. I ended 2010 reflecting on relationships, loving in Night and Day, hard-hearted in Waiting for the Thaw, and comic in White Christmas. I’ve not written so much this year, but topical events have been a rich source of inspiration for Nobody’s Fault, Blast from the Past, A Saturday in March,  Breakfast News, Rapture, and The Sheriff Rides into Town. Though my anti-romantic side has also been to the fore with  After He’d Gone, Bad Timing, and Red Shoes.

All in all, I feel it’s been a productive two years – 98 posts, 30 followers, plus 300 on twitter who come and see me from time to time. I’ll never have the time to write as much or as often as I like, but I’m quite pleased with what I’ve achieved. So thanks to all my followers, visitors and commentators for turning up, reading and letting me know what you think. Hope to see more of you in the year ahead!

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