What a lot has happened in nine years! Nine years ago my son was at university, studying a science subject and with the intention of going forward into the science/maths field. My daughter was studying her A-levels and had no clear idea what she intended to do when she had finished them, except she was clear she didn’t want to go to Uni. Although I had given up the day job I was still involved in teaching but this time to adults at an English class for those people whose first language wasn’t English. My husband was still employed, in a school but not as a teacher any longer, as a music’art technician which he absolutely loved. I had recently visited Iceland for the first time and had loved it, I belonged to a couple of book clubs, and was thinking about starting a writing group – or maybe two, one writing in general, the other writing family stories and history. I had been thinking about writing a blog for some time, and none years ago today, I actually started, I actually write my first ever blog. now I have 2037 followers, and thank you every one of you, and I have written 8986 different posts.
I never realised when I started how important blogging would be to me, how much I would enjoy it, how much I would learn from it, how much inspiration I would gain, and how many “friends” I would meet. I can’t imagine not doing it, it’s become so important to me, and so very interesting, investigating and researching different subjects, exploring different aspects of writing, and being pushed to write in a variety of different and sometimes challenging ways. This is the first ever blog I wrote that Sunday in March 2012:
Hello and welcome to my blog!
Today, the 12th of March 2012 is an exciting day because today is the day that my first novel, ‘Farholm’, is published on Kindle. It is not yet available, but within twelve hours it will be on Amazon.
Farholm Island is the destination for Deke Colefox, on a mission to find the truth about her husband Niko. Another passenger on the small ferry which takes her on the forty minute crossing to the island, is Dr Michael Cabus who is also in search of the truth about someone he describes as ‘a beloved stranger’. When Michael leaves the ferry so does a young island girl… who somehow disappears on the small island. What happens to Deke in the next two weeks is beyond anything she could have imagined… but you will have to read the book to find out what exactly does happen!
There is no such island as Farholm, it only exists in the book, and in other novels I have written. However, there are many hundreds if not thousands of off-shore islands which are similar, including Steep Holm and Flat Holm in the Bristol Channel and Grassholm off the Pembrokeshire coast. These islands are uninhabited for most of the year although visited by tourists and bird spotters in clement weather. An island I am particularly fond of is Rathlin Island off the north coast of County Antrim in Ireland. Farholm, my island, is inhabited by a small population of maybe a hundred people at the most, including a hippy commune who have taken over an abandoned village.
I hope you will be interested in my novel and I would appreciate any comments or feedback!
PS My son finished uni and now works in finance, my daughter did go to uni, I no longer teach anything at all, and neither my husband or I do anything but our own work – me writing, him music and art, I still belong to my two lovely reading groups, and belong to two equally lovely writing groups and a writing collective, I did teach two writing groups as I planned which had to finish last February for obvious reasons, and I chronical my life and thoughts and ideas here every day!