I just couldn't resist it! The lure of the keyboard, the glare of the screen, the opportunity to share my drivel with other people.... A new blog. A proper one this time, not a fictional one, though if you want fiction, I have left my fictional blog up, I'm just not updating it anymore.
My intentions? To blog about life in the village, life as viewed from the bus into Oxford (or from alternative transport to elsewhere) and a general commentary on the literary life amateur-style. If I ever start to make money from it, I may have to come back and edit this mission statement. Other views/comments will be added as I think of them.
There may occasionally be pictures. I am not a professional photographer so the quality may be variable, but they might add some variety to the page.
For today, however, I simply wish to say the view from this village is one of sunny disposition, coming as it does on a day when many of the children have gone back to school and therefore the sun is shining. Oxford looked glorious in the sunshine despite St Giles Fair having finished only yesterday, Cornmarket was not too crowded and it was warm enough to drive back with the roof of the car down. Shame I was returning from the hairdresser...
For those of you with literary interests, there are a few competitions with closing dates in the near future: the Costa Short Story competition closes on Friday as does the Pighog Moss Rich Poetry prize. If those are a little soon, you could also consider trying to win a two-week stay at the Writers' Retreat in Spain via this poetry/prose competition, closing at the end of the month. I have done minimal writing of late as the builders are *still* winter-proofing my office but at least it now has stairs in it.
Let me know what your view is like and if there are any good competitions out there that need a little more publicity!