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 25 June 2016

first fruits, relaxing, oerc10, ugdip readings, lac summer party

First fruits!

A relaxing time spent on the allotment earlier, followed by a bike ride to Mount Owen.

A lovely start to the weekend after an exhausting project-focused week.

Though there were some fun times too! Loved the OeRC tenth anniversary celebrations on Tuesday at Keble Road and the Ashmolean. Terrific end of course readings at Rewley on Wednesday - high standard of work from the Undergraduate Diploma in Creative Writing finalists. Yesterday, I rushed from the Taylor to the Latin American Centre summer party and got there just in time to enjoy a glass of wine and chat to friends.

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