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 27 June 2015

godstow-binsey-oxford walk, indoor end-of-year parties, creative writing work, orcid

I was in good time when the bus reached the Woodstock roundabout this morning, so did the Godstow to Oxford walk via Binsey. Then had an Americano at Caffè Nero before working at the Taylor.

The walk was a beautiful start to the day.

Excellent - though indoor - end-of-year parties at the Latin American Centre and ContEd ('gradschool') yesterday. Both originally garden parties which got rained off by the unexpected downpour (great for the garden and allotment, though!).

Lots of creative writing reading, commenting and marking this week and next before the MSt Guided Retreat and the undergrad marking deadline. Rewarding experiences.

Attended an interesting ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor ID) training session organised by the Bodleian Libraries midweek. Have since created my own ORCID profile as I'm going to be doing a little Digital Humanities research in the coming year. (Am hoping it's OK to include one or two works about my works, so long as they are clearly marked - we'll see.) Here's my ORCID QR code (also, http://orcid.org/0000-0001-5520-8245):

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