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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Saturday, 16 February 2013

cycling, misty morning, catching up, moss, nests, ace reviewed, weekend

Good to be cycling again. Ice and work commitments have meant I've not been out on the bike for a couple of weeks.

Today was misty--thicker in some places than others, as the two pics above show.

Yesterday, I enjoyed catching up with two friends who I first met when I worked with them on Oxford creative writing courses. Lunch at Brown's with one and drinks at the Randolph with another. It was great to see them and hear their news. I say 'first met' but in one case, yesterday was the first time we had met face-to-face because the course I taught was online and we have only kept in touch by email and Facebook since. Wonderful to see him and hear his voice.

Meanwhile, when I went to the shed to get the bike this morning, I noticed clumps of moss scattered across the path. Evidently excellent nesting material!

On Thursday there was a good review of A Conscious Englishman in the Oxford Times--also online. Great that the novel is selling well and that there is already a lot of very complimentary feedback from readers. All down to Margaret Keeping's wonderful story-telling and gift for natural description.

Some online teaching and assignment marking this weekend. Also a Skype tutorial with a student in Japan. Plus some time for relaxation, of course!

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