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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Friday 6 February 2015

inspiring meeting at oerc, mst promo video

Lots going on this week.

Libraries busy. A fascinating and inspiring meeting at the Oxford e-Research Centre about the Digital Humanities fiction project I'm interested in doing. Assignment tutorials during the week and tomorrow.

This week I also learned that the promotional video for the Master of Studies in Creative Writing has been launched. Loved seeing colleagues and former students on film. For myself - well, this was done before the sideburns came off. Quite weird seeing them again!

The above pic shows Stephanie Scott who won the AM Heath Prize and whose short story, Pulau Brani, recently won the Writers’ Village International Short Fiction Award.

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