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.

Sunday, 31 July 2016

cycling early, boiled blackcurrants, pernicious bindweed?, exeter summer school, indie presses 2016/17

Cycling early this morning, after sipping a cup of tea at the top of the garden and eating spoonfuls of boiled blackcurrants with nectarine. Delicious.

Came across this amazing bank of pernicious bindweed on the far side of Mount Owen. Pernicious? In a garden or on the allotment. But in a hedge maybe benign and rather beautiful.

Meanwhile, enjoying the Creative Writing summer school at Exeter College and am preparing my talk for Tuesday on digital innovations and the creative writer - including digital printing and the growth of small presses. In this context, check out the Mslexia publication Indie Presses 2016/17!

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