Revisiting the Solstice – A Year Later

Today marks the anniversary of my first post, Merry Eve of Winter Solstice, on this blog.

It is a good day to reflect on the blogging I did this year, the comments I made on other blogs and in tweets, and the impact I think these made on me as a person and a writer.

Stefras’ Bridge is still a young blog. I continue to discover what I want this blog to be, and to adjust to posting. So, my posts are few and distant. Yet, I am proud of the posts I have shared so far.

I published a couple of prompt posts, What if you came across a magic gate? and Story of My Name, which I have used to acclaim in Write Group meetings to inspire writing. These posts were fun to write. More I’m sure will come.

I published one of my poems and will likely publish some more. The poem I published is an amusing one about the Write Group that people still enjoy, particularly since the “attic” where the Write Group meets monthly, though really a top-story room in our local library / town hall, is real.

In fact, the Write Group features prominently in this blog. It is after all the primary means by which I socialize and share with other writers. My mentioning of the group here reflects my joy and pride of being a member in it.

I even posted about my inaugural experience of recruiting writers to our club. This was the first active recruitment the Write Group undertook in years, so, fortunately for me, it was a resounding success and exhilarating experience.

In that post, and others, I referenced posts in my professional blog. I find my writing blog and my professional one intertwine. Perhaps it is because writing and teaching dovetail in so many parts of my life. Perhaps it is because Stefras’ Bridge and Digital Substitute began on the same day, a year ago. Or perhaps it is because I am writing both blogs simultaneously and have yet to learn to separate their contents. Several of my posts in both blogs have reflected this interrelationship, and I expect will continue to do so.

My latest post, Moving the Quill, is a response to a series of interactions I had with one of my friends, fellow teachers and fellow artists, Malyn Mawby, about creativity, our pursuit of it and hiatus from it, and the inspiration sparked by honest and altruistic camaraderie. The best we can do is inspire others to be inspirational.

In all, this has been a fun inaugural year of blogging. I look forward to more.

One post I am thinking of publishing is a review of Malyn’s latest work in progress, a wonderful sketchbook inspired by a world sketchbook project. Her work is awesome and deserves recognition.

Merry Eve of Winter Solstice

Merry eve of Winter Solstice. And what a great time to begin a new blog. Not only is it the eve of Winter Solstice, but tonight the moon rises full in the sky and the Earth entirely eclipses it (over North America). NASA has offered a website to watch the eclipse, for those who are interested. And I plan to do so.

 

 

Now that is how one kicks off the Winter / Christmas / Hannukkah season. (Yes, I know Hannukkah is already passed, but I hope the sentiment still lingers.) So, before I forget, I wish one and all, of whatever religious or secular practice, throughout the networked world a very peaceful, joyful and wonderful season.

This is my inaugural blog on one of my favorite pastimes: writing. In this blog I will discuss writing in general, my writing in particular (with snippets and vignettes provided) and other writer’s blogs. I will also provide writing exercises and prompts for those who are inclined to write on the fly.

Since writing isn’t my only hobby, I might also include posts on oil painting and ecology or nature adventures, both of which are also pastimes I enjoy.

If you take a look at my second blog, Digital Substitute, which I am also beginning today, you will discover that I used to be an ecologist while now I am a teacher.

Digital Substitute is my professional blog; you can jump to it using the link I provided in my blogroll.

Thank you for visiting Stefras’ Bridge. I hope you enjoy my blog and visit regularly.

Truth be told, I hope to use this blog to also spur me on with my writing.

Merry Christmas everyone, and welcome to Stefras’ Bridge.

Updated: June 25, 2011.