Last October I attended a Writers’ Day for the first time since I was a student. I mentioned it briefly here.
Another post tells the story of how I felt after a whole weekend in the company of writers.
I recently made a trip to visit relatives and attend the Writers’ Day in London. One of the speakers was Amy Boucher Pye, who has written Bible Reading notes for New Daylight, which I have been using almost continuously since its inception. (I have tried other notes as well.)
The other speaker was Andrew Chamberlain of the Creative Writer’s Toolbelt.
It was good to see some familiar faces and to meet some new people. I found the talks interesting and learned some things about my writing habits in the workshop led by Amy. The standard of the pieces which participants read out was very high. I felt like a beginner in their company.
It was also good to hear a presentation from Sophie Neville about the Bible Society. She was so enthusiastic that if I were happy to drive myself around, I’d be volunteering at once. (I think I have got over my fear of public speaking.)
I bought some books, which I have read and intend to review in my next post.
I had to leave early to catch a train home, so missed the discussion at the end.
So what are the changes of direction?
My original blog, Sue’s considered trifles, has not had any new material on it for some considerable time. However, due (I think) to the way WordPress links a user name to the first blog, it is still attracting new followers. I signed up for a poetry course from WordPress and decided to post my efforts on Sue’s considered trifles, rather than interrupt my weekly posts here.
I also found myself lured into Goodreads. I was attracted by a giveaway of a sequel to one of the books I bought.
I find the autumn challenging, with the shorter days and lots of pressures on my time. Hopefully I will be able to find a balance between writing on- and off-line and life in general. Social media also need to be kept within reasonable limits.