Welcome to justthoughtsnstuff

I started posting to jtns on 20 February 2010 with just one word, 'Mosaic'. This seemed an appropriate introduction to a blog that would juxtapose fragments of memoir and life-writing. Since 1996, I'd been coming to terms with the consequences of emotional and economic abuse that had begun in childhood, and which, amongst other things, had sought to stifle self-expression. While I'd explored some aspects of my life through fiction and, to a lesser extent, journalism, it was only in 2010 that I felt confident enough to write openly about myself. I believed this was an important part of the healing process. Yet within weeks, the final scenes of my family's fifty-year nightmare started to play themselves out and the purpose of the blog became one of survival through writing. Although some posts are about my family's suffering - most explicitly, Life-Writing Talk, with Reference to Trust: A family story - the majority are about happier subjects (including, Bampton in rural west Oxfordshire, where I live, Oxford, where I work, the seasons and the countryside, walking and cycling) and I hope that these, together with their accompanying photos, are enjoyable and positive. Note: In February 2020, on jtns' tenth birthday, I stopped posting to this blog. It is now a contained work of life-writing about ten years of my life. Frank, 21 February 2020.

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Thursday 14 June 2012

rose solari's a secret woman, chris andrews, warm friendship

Just heading out of Oxford on the S1 after going to the launch of my friend Rose Solari's novel A Secret Woman (Alan Squire Publishing in association with Sante Fe Writers Project, Chris Andrews Publications Ltd, and Left Coast Writers--now there's a challenge for a former library cataloguer!). See also my 7th June post below.

A great evening, held at the Old Bank Hotel. Three beautifully written excerpts read by Rose in the aptly-named Gallery Room, which was en-studiod by Chris Andrews' magical photos of Oxford and its environs.

Lovely to see so many old friends too.

A warm evening after a cold and progressively wintry day. What happened to that heatwave friends taunted me with when I was in San Francisco!
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