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 30 April 2016

brrr! don't do it! wait! life-writing in the digital age

Brrr! A pretty sharp frost this morning. Amazing how plants survive - the bluebells and cowslips above, for example.

Am worried about the pear blossom in the garden, though it continues to look OK - despite the fencing it is against being covered in frost on at least three mornings this week.

I hope it really is OK.

One of the apple trees is coming into flower. I want to say, Don't do it! Wait!

An exciting Life-Writing/Digital Humanities event coming up next week - though sadly I don't think I will be able to attend... There is suddenly SO much to do this term! See Life-Writing in the Digital Age.

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