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11 November 2013


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That was wonderful! I loved reading about how one 'teaches' others to write. What a satisfying and interesting job you have.
In terms of writing the blog, the way I look at it is like letters in older days. Sometimes a friend would write once a week, and other times I might not hear from her for months. I have no expectations from fellow bloggers. If someone writes daily or weekly or monthly, I read their posts as often as I can, and am always glad when I stop by and see what they are doing.

I can attest to 60/16's wonderful ability to set the creative spark alight. There is something in the way that she puts a session together that opens mental doors (often long closed and forgotten) and gets the ink flowing across the page. I am always left with vivid images, inspired by her prompts, that I had no idea were part of my mental jigsaw puzzle and which keep me thinking and writing long after the session is over. She's a truly inspirational teacher and mentor.

The idea of a post-retirement career makes me smile and I very much admire the way you have nourished the teacher within to share your love and interest in creative writing and inspire others. As to the blog, I think that one of the pleasures of following a blog is joining in the journey of discovery, hearing how people's interests and lives change over the years, and being stimulated and, quite often, supported to make changes in one's own life.

All power to you, D.

Whatever you choose to do, make sure you preserve your past posts for your future self to look back on and marvel at who you were, way back when.

From across the pond, your words in this post inspired me. What is the charge to get more?

Hooray for you dear Boots. I wish I were closer to Devon to share your inspirational sessions. You obviously light up some lives.
Our similar backgrounds coincide again - teaching experience segueing (is that how they spell it???) into writing and the inevitable pleasure of 'teaching' (maybe rather 'enabling') writers to relish and develop their writing. I too use images and paintings and sounds to come up with spanking FRESH inspiration. I am sure so many people will answer your vivid call, warmest Wendy
And I too have just written a post about writing your blog for the pure pleasure of writing it.WX

Your courses sound wonderful, exactly the sort of thing I need. Next academic year (2014-15) I should have more time to myself, and would be very interested in hearing more about a distance learning course...

Meanwhile it is always a pleasure to see a new post from you. I hope you will keep blogging, but it's not like a newspaper column: the lovely thing about a blog, I think, is the freedom to write, or not, about just what you want to write about. No pressure.

I’ve so enjoyed your blog for the past several years. You helped me relive wonderful memories of seventies England and London in particular, and I always enjoyed your music selections. Your pithy take on so many current events and trends were always right on! Your blogposts on your cancer journey were particularly memorable and must have helped many who were fortunate enough to read those posts. I understand your need to devote your energies to other things now - your creative writing classes sound very inspiring - I will keep the distance learning courses in mind for the future. Of course you can always blog whenever the moment hits, any month, any year, however if this is goodbye so be it, and thanks for the memories D! My very best wishes.


I'm so glad to see another post from you, D...I was beginning to wonder. I see now what a fulfilling and interesting time you've been having in using your writing and teaching skills. I love the way you write - almost like listening to you in the same room. And how valuable to me is your list of books because down here in the forgotten corner of Spain I have limited opportunities of browsing books.

You have voiced my own uncertainties about continuing to blog and I do so infrequently now. And you're right: being on line eats so much into our time. We have had frequent power outages this week (another facet of living here) and I've got so much more done.

As another commentator wrote, I have no expectations about how frequently people blog. It is simply a pleasure to stop by and read yours whenever you've felt moved to blog.

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Thought for life

  • The House of Breath, William Goyen
    We are the carriers of lives and legends - who knows the unseen frescoes on the private walls of the skull?

Thinking about . . .

  • Daniel Klein, Travels with Epicurus
    I too listen to music more and more. Throughout my life, music has stirred me more than any other art form, and now, in old age, I find myself listening to it almost every evening, usually alone, for hours at a time.
  • Julia Blackburn, Thin Paths
    I began writing because I liked to write things down. I learnt foreign languages because they seemed to enter my head by a process of osmosis.
  • Joan Bakewell, Stop the Clocks
    I live contentedly alone. It's better that way and I am often thoughtful about what has been and what might have been. There are many like me.
  • Patti Smith, M Train
    Oh to be reborn within the pages of a book.
  • Patti Smith, M Train
    Why is it that we lose the things we love, and things cavalier cling to us and will be the measure of our worth after we’re gone?
  • Judith Kerr, Observer Magazine, 22 November 2015
    I don't believe in God. I find it much easier to believe in ancestors. I like to imagine they are pointing us in the right direction.

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