FINAL BLOG – FOR NOW
I found This NovBlog challenge a bit like quitting smoking. Writing a daily article was something I’d often thought of doing but wasn’t sure if I’d have the discipline.
I was highly motivated to stop smoking (financial rather than health issues, though I never felt comfortable smoking standing up under an awning trying to avoid the drizzle and the nagging was become intolerable) but, as for being motivated to write non-fiction: well that was another story.
On reflection it was the competitive element that did it. I am much more competitive than I like to admit. That’s why I hate snatching defeat from the jaws of victory at the bridge table. It is thus very satisfying to be writing this, my thirtieth blog, one for each day of the month of November.
I have learnt a lot from having written these short articles not least that it’s very difficult to maintain the high standard I usually set myself. Time-managment is not one of my strong points. On re-reading some of them I have noticed spelling and grammatical mistakes that make me tut and I also am cross that not all of my reasonings have been fully explained.
Although sometimes it might look as though I missed a day (two blogs being posted on the same date) that was not actually the case as I wrote during every twenty-four hour period. I am not a creature of regular habit, so some days I rose late but wrote in the early hours of what was technically the following morning but in my mind-set was still the previous day.
PURPLE PROSE ALERT
(That previous sentence is typical of the sort that niggles me as it is not well constructed but is rather like the way I talk – running off on a tangent in the sort of rebellious way I should long have grown out of. And that also is annoying because not only did I end the last sentence with a preposition but have started this one with a conjunction.)
I think the above indicates that for the time-being I ought to give blogging a rest. I’ve a piece of flash fiction that needs to be finished by midnight (sigh: unlikely) and a play that I want to write (an excerpt of which might be performed in a fortnight’s time) so I’ve plenty of literary projects to keep me busy.
Over the next few weeks I intend to “cull” the blogs on this, my acting site, mostly leaving those that are to do with performing, and to transfer the political/opinionated ones to a new site which I hope elder son will set up for me shortly. In 2015 the British public will have the opportunity to elect a new government and I thus expect most of my future blogs to be on this topic. It is no secret that I am a Labour Party supporter so if you are not interested in left-wing views then still, please, read what I write just in case I can convince you to come over to the correct side!
But sorry, to be contrary, don’t even attempt to change my mind; this lady will never be for turning. Socialism is ingrained in me as strongly as my love of theatre and, as I have written before, my support of Labour is based on the fact that I agree with more of their policies than all the other parties put together. There are some elements of Conservatism and Green that have merit but long gone are the days when I can have any respect for the yellow-livered Liberals. (I lived through Thatcherism which in my opinion, was continually shored up by David Owen’s cohort in the same way as Clegg has allowed Cameron to dismantle the NHS and instigate such horrors as the bedroom tax. (In theory BT not a bad idea, were there to be sufficient smaller places to rent in the same catchment areas.)
I refuse to give “air room” herein to the other party which is currently the darling of the media.
I cannot end this series of blogs without giving many thanks to our son Terry Eden for setting it up (and indeed my website), for his encouragement and for the re-tweets. In BAFTA Acceptance Mode I must also thank my husband for tolerating my tapping away on here in the early hours; writers are not easy people with whom to live – allegedly!
I have yet to learn how to properly link websites but when I do I will direct you to our younger son’s fire-spinning and devil stick videos on youtube; we are a talented family! (This might work!)
I haven’t opted for comments to made on these posts because I wasn’t sure about moderating them but if you want to message me then my twitter name is @carrielondon and I occasionally check an old email account edendotcarrieatyahoodotcodotuk.
Meanwhile thank you for reading and I will leave you with my two favourite sayings:
- If I laugh at any mortal thing, ‘tis that I may not weep. (Byron – poet)
- When in doubt, either add garlic or glitter depending on whether you are cooking or off out socializing. (Carrie Eden – flibbertigibbet)
Oh, one more final thing. I had a great time at the posh do and here’s a photo of me having scrubbed up well!