It’s been a year since I started this blog. Before starting it I had been writing for many years (on and off), but had never considered creating a blog. My only intention was to write a novel someday and publish it. But after some convincing from my wife, and some cursory Googling I had an empty WordPress blog staring back at me.
Desperate to fill it, my first post (A Journey) was a rather pedestrian reflection on my feelings towards writing and of following one’s dreams. I remember composing it early one morning with a feeling of trepidation, and not really knowing what to expect after I hit Publish.
Since then I have published a total of 311 posts. My original intention was to focus on developing my skills as a prose writer. Therefore, my early posts were about finding my own voice and style; these early pieces were mostly experimental absurd stories filled with jealous doppelgängers; desperate lovers and losers; and, in one story, a talking, scheming Dalek key ring. They’re not stories that I would necessarily write now. But I needed to write them in order to write the way I do now.
One of my early favourites is Zing — a surreal tale of one man’s experience with a new miracle antidepressant. Another is Fire Exit in which a man struggles to quit his stifling corporate job in order to pursue a career as a writer. Feel free to pay them a visit, they’ve been rather lonely and neglected these past twelve months.
Shortly after, I seemed to write haikus almost exclusively. They were fun for a while, but distracted me from real business of writing stories. I also wrote poems and articles on other subjects that interested me — mental health, mindfulness, music, the poetry of T.S. Eliot, and of course creative writing. But my core focus has always been fiction.
But my intention with this post isn’t just to reflect on where I’ve come from, but also where I’m going; to inform my regular readers that there will be some major changes shortly to the site — a new lick of paint here, a name change there to reflect my renewed focus and intent. It’s probably about time I took this whole writing business more seriously. After all I have a novel on the way now.
I want to thank all those readers who have taken an interest in my absurd nonsense over the past year. There will be more to come, and I hope you will continue to join me going forward.
Image: petradr via Unsplash.