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 23 April 2016

so chilly, magnolia, rus like everyone else by bette adriaanse - albion beatnik launch, facing the strange by s b sweeney

Beautiful sunlight when I was cycling earlier - though it was SO chilly!

Magnolia in flower beside the bus stop in Alvescot.

Sad not to be going to the launch of Bette Adriaanse's first novel, Rus Like Everyone Else, this evening, which is taking place at the Albion Beatnik Bookstore in Oxford at 7.30 pm.

A book on my reading list, from a former MSt student. Published by the Unnamed Press.

Preparations for the StreetBooks publication of SB Sweeney's excellent novel Facing the Strange are gathering momentum.

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