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.

New blog: morethoughtsnstuff.com.

Saturday 26 January 2013

thaw, a conscious englishman on sale, look inside, burns night, cairn o'mohr spring oak leaf wine

The thaw began last night and this morning, after a lot of rain (flooding predicted in some areas), there is hardly any snow left.

Another rather hectic week. Lots going on at the libraries, there's teaching and marking to do, and the publication of A Conscious Englishman is imminent.

Talking of the forthcoming novel, you can now buy copies from the StreetBooks website and Look Inside on Amazon. (There's also a nifty £5.58 Book Depository copy available on Amazon, I notice. As has been widely noted, the ways of Amazon and pre-publication copies are a mystery!)

Meanwhile, having some friends round for a Burns Night (well nearly) supper this evening. The Cairn O'Mohr spring oak leaf wine arrived yesterday and the Rough Guide to Scottish Folk has been downloaded. Btw the original box of spring oak leaf was damaged--all thanks to Cairn O'Mohr for getting a replacement to us within a day!

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