I had some short stories, poems and photographs to share ... and so here I am

Two Years of Shamelessness!

New Pen


I was so wrapped up in my computer hassles that I forgot to mark the second anniversary of this blog. (The computer is fixed now, by the way, but I'm in Dublin at the moment and so won't have her hooked up at home until I get back next week. I'm still not sure how much data I've lost, but my fingers, toes and eyes are all crossed!)

Anyway, blogiversary! Yayyyyyyy! Yippppppeee! The anniversary is hard to pin down to an exact date because this blog got off to a "toes-in-first" start. It really took off in the first week of March, 2006, when I decided that I would invest the time and try to keep it going. If you're here reading this today, then it hasn't been a wasted effort. Like they say: without you, the reader, this blog really would be nothing. Thank you so much for stopping by. I hope you've enjoyed reading this as much as I've enjoyed writing it. I've also loved reading all the other blogs I've discovered over the past two years and I look forward to a whole lot more of the same. Really, you are all wonderful sparks that fire a larger engine.

Now, why would I have a photo of a pen and writing books to accompany a post about my blog anniversary? Let me explain.

It's funny, but my blogging habits have evolved over the past two years. I started out posting daily, or at least every other day, but quickly realised I couldn't keep that up (there's this awful thing called "daily life" that gets in the way) and readers miss posts if they don't have the time to digest them. I now try to do about two posts a week related to my love of writing and reading, which seems to be just about manageable.

However, I also really want to have more time to do the creative writing that I talk so much about, some of which I feature here from time to time. I've had to really think about ways to guarantee that I have time for writing fiction and poetry in this age of distraction ... and that's where the pen and books come in. I decided to go out and buy a lovely fountain pen, so I can do a lot more writing away from the computer. I need to ensure that I'm not constantly tempted by all the amazing sites that dance and sing behind my computer screen. As well as a forest of superb blogs, there are deep valleys of unique information and entertainment.

A fountain pen? It couldn't just be any pen. I had to buy something that would be a pleasure to use, where the letters would almost appear by magic on the page, effortlessly, with strong, sure strokes. I've never been a fountain pen user, but my partner recently bought one and I was sold after a few tries. Now I have the tools, I just have to get on with it. I have to make sure that I switch off the computer and go and write in different places: lying on the couch, in cafes, in parks, places where inspiration is dripping. The new regime has begun here in Dublin!

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Speaking of writing, the latest instalment in Grace's story over at The Shameless Lions Writing Circle is up. Bonnie has done a brilliant job at preparing the stage for the final scene. The story is about to be wrapped up after an exciting, epic journey. Do go and check it out if you haven't already done so. It's amazing how something like this was possible, with so many different writers and styles blending together. I've seen these kinds of projects fall apart after just a few contributions, and I was thrilled to see this one go from strength to strength. The next project at the circle is in the pipeline.


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Someone also asked me in a mail about the Shameless Graffito series, and when the next one will go up. Wow, I'm thrilled it's eagerly awaited. There's been a slight break because of the fire inside the computer, and I'm really hoping the photos that were waiting in the wings haven't gone up in smoke. I will aim to have the next one up late next week, when I'm back from Dublin.

21 comments:

ChristineEldin said...

Happy Blogiversary!!!
Two years is a long time.
I'm fairly new to your blog, but enjoy it immensely. I love your photos, and my favorite writing piece of yours is the one about the dresses.
:-)

aims said...

Ah!! My favorite is the one about the dresses as well!! (It really is a good one Seamus!)

I'm impressed with the 2 years of blogging...and look forward to so much more from the master...

Julie at Virtual Voyage said...

Congratulations. Thanks for outlining some of the stages in the process along the way, and for your thoughts on fitting in creative writing away from the computer.

I've very much appreciated your humour and the live spark quality of the blog and the riot of the Shameless Lions Award...plus the Graffito, Martian video's, ....and encouragement to other bloggers generally....the list goes on.

Every best wish with the writing and with recovering the computer stuff.

Lane said...

You're in the right place for St Patrick's day! Enjoy:-)

Congratulations on two years. Two years of quality is some feat .. and your blog is pure quality.

I hope your handsome pen and new locations give you continued inspiration:-)

laurie said...

congratulations!

i read you every time you post; just don't always take the time to comment. two years is a feat, indeed. well done and here's to many more years.

Shameless said...

Christine - Thank you so much for your kind words. It's really nice to have you visit and I also like to browse your site. What a mine of information! I didn't see those two years pass!

Aims - I'm glad you liked the story about the dresses. It's been nice to get such a lot of positive feedback about it. Master, though? Simple Jack of all trades, me! lol
Good to have you visiting, Aims. :-)

Julie - You are a star. :-) Thanks for your kind words. I look forward to seeing more of your blog, too.

Lane - Ah, yes, the perfect St Paddy's spot. It's the first time I'm in Dublin for March 17. While I'm here I want to get some photos of the parade they have here. It's a real pleasure to have you on my blogroll and I also love reading your blog! Here's to lots more of the same! :-)

Laurie - Thank you. I'm the same on many blogs. I pop in and have a gander but don't always leave comments. It's great to have you on board. :-)

Marja said...

Congrat Seamus That's an achievement. I have a few fountain pens but no ink. They are fun to write with. Anyway I wish you a good trip and eh oh today is St patricks day Party time have fun

Eric Valentine said...

A happy two year blog anniversary to you also Seamus, such an achievement my friend. Your blog offers such a complete choice of pleasurable entertainment that can't be matched. I do hope your trip to Dublin is a as successful as you are here.

Climb aboard your fountain pen, go with it for the ride.. :)

Cailleach said...

Sh, hope you can make it to us after the parade for a lovely vegetarian meal. See you soon! B

noni said...

congratulations..
Best wishes......

Good writings....
Effective lion activities……

Tagged you to my blog….

Absolute Vanilla (& Atyllah) said...

Hey! Congratulations, Shamey! Happy Bloggaversary.

And er, don't even talk to me about daily life and blogging...

Minx said...

Happy Day, Shameless. I first caught up with you on Pundy's blog, I think.
My 2nd Blogday is the 21st - so not far behind you.
Amazing to think just how much has happened.

Billy said...

When Stepehn King strated writing Dreamcatcher, his electricity was off and he was in a lot of pain after being hit by a car, so he wrote with a Waterford fountain pen, which he claimed was the best word processor in the world. He also said it changed his style and put him in touch more directly with the language. He really opened up his prose and punctuation was shot to hell, but I think it worked.

Shameless said...

Marja - I've used the pen now for four days and absolutely love it! I think I've made the right move! And yes, St Pady's day was magic here.

Eric - Thank you, sir. You are very kind. It's a pleasure to write this blog, and I hope that is passed on to others. And surf with my pen. Yes! :-)

Cailleach (Barbara) - Wow, that was an amazing vegetarian dinner! What an absolute pleasure to meet you and your family and to be shown around your region. Such a wonderful bonus for St Paddy's day. I was spoiled rotten. :-) My first blogmeetle! Yayyyyy! :-) I'm back to Lyon tomorrow (Wednesday).

Noni - Hello and welcome! Nice to have you stop by. And thank you for your kind words. :-) I will check out your site soonest.

AV - Thank you! How time has passed so quickly while having fun! :-) Yes, daily life. What is that again?

Minx - You were one of the first to comment here - and, more importantly, to keep coming back! You have been a star in all of this. I will never forget those early connections. :-) Good that our bloggiversaries are so close.

Billy - What an interesting little titbit. I am delighted so far with the pen and already feel some power in its use. The man in the shop promised me this. :-)

Brian said...

two years! an achievement, given that your average blog sinks after just a few posts. will you move to advertising soon and make some cash?

Shameless said...

Brian - Ah, he comments! The blog just kind of happened, like putting one foot after the other without thinking. I started with one post and then went blindly on. And advertising? No, I'll just take the cash without the litle windows! :-)

Pearl said...

Happy belated 2 years anniversary.

L.M.Noonan said...

belated best wishes seamus. I've got a lot of catching up to do, my but you've been busy. The fountain pen is splendid and that's quite pile of moleskins? Go steady on the chokkies or you'll be in rehab with me.

Shameless said...

Pearl - Thank you! Only just got to this. :-)

Loretta - Thanks! Ah, yes, the moleskins. I love them! But the fountain pen is too dark for the paper. Drats! :-) And too late re the chokkies! :-)

Wanderlust Scarlett said...

*Happy Blogiversary!!!*

That's wonderful!
I'm very glad to know you've been up and running and writing for 2 years now!
PLEASE keep it up! It's one of my most favorite blogs.

You have done so much quality work not only here, but with the Lions cirlce... it's astounding what you have accomplished.
Very well done, sir.
Thank you for all of it, it is so appreciated more than I can express.

Scarlett & Viaggiatore

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