Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Reflections on the A-Z Challenge and a Writing Life

It made me think, it made me write, and I thoroughly enjoyed taking part in last month's A-Z Blog Challenge. 

It was hard at times to post every day in April, except Sundays, but great fun writing and researching. I gained followers, people who visit my blog, and I made many new friends.

"There are a thousand thoughts lying within a man that he does not know 'til he takes up a pen to write." William Makepeace Thackeray (1811-1863)

There's the magic too of words in the research I've been doing for my novel set in the eighth century.

I was inspired by a talk I went to recently in Kenilworth. Simon Andrew Stirling said that research often leads to more books being written as in his "Who Killed William Shakespeare: The Murderer, the Motive, the Means?" and current work in progress about the Bard's son. 

I also bought one of Simon's earlier books "The King Arthur Conspiracy: How a Scottish Prince became a Mythical Hero". I am interested in his thoughts on Arthur's links to St Columba of Iona. Durstan, a Monk and the main character in my novel, is likely to have known the background to this story.

Is time spent on Google+ and Twitter wasted? my Twitter account From my experience, I enjoy writing posts and Tweets, lines of poetry in 140 characters, meeting old and new friends, being part of it all, and I'm writing too. 

I'm now compiling a second poetry Anthology whilst working on Durstan's tale. I read last week about Anglo Saxon beliefs, some of which will be in the characters I've created.  

And the hawthorn hedge which is flowering in the garden would have been considered magical in the early centuries, because of it's healing and protective qualities, but then some would still find it so.

I hope you have a great week! Thank you for visiting the Hope and Dreams blog.