Happy 1 July everyone!
It’s been a whole year now since I went live with this blog. And I’ve decided it’s time I stop trying to publish a new story each week. Here’s why: I don’t actually have an ambition to be a short story writer. I would like to publish the occasional opinion piece, but mainly because I’m never knowingly without an opinion. My real ambition is to write novels and screenplays.
The blog has been great for helping me get disciplined, and for learning that I am capable of engaging a reader. If you’d told me this time last year that my work would be read by more than 6000 people, I wouldn’t have believed you. But I’m not making progress on my longer projects while I’m spending the little time I have to write feeding this insatiable beast.
So I’m going to take a break to concentrate on those longer pieces for awhile. I’ll still occasionally publish shorter pieces, but I’m taking away the self-imposed pressure to create something new every week. If you have enjoyed that, I hope you’ll understand my decision.
I want to say a massive thank you to everyone who has read and commented here. I cannot express how much pleasure it gives me to have people read and respond to my work.
Here’s one last installment of weekly pieces, A Small Glass of Sherry, a (slightly) tongue-in-cheek rant about plans to reduce alcohol limits for old people. Enjoy it with cheese, or a small dish of olives.