Dear Reader,

I like words.

I like the sound of words, even in languages not my own, and the pictures they create in my head; perhaps that comes from being a child of the age of radio.  I particularly love the creative opportunities that come from using, and mis-using, my own English tongue.  I’ve always written, especially short stories, even at school.  My ability to write became a tool in my professional life, and for long periods my impulse to write was sublimated into professional writing (sometimes too much, to the frustration of colleagues and employers) and occasional ‘letters to the editor’.

In 2009 I joined a writing group and became a founder member of the Highland Literary Salon in Inverness.  Encouraged to write more I had a story performed as a radio play, by Monster FM in 2011 and, in 2012, had a 100-word story ‘published’ on the Readers Digest website (both competitions).  ‘Near Horizon’ is my first foray into the world of blogging because I’ve been persuaded to take my creative writing seriously and put it “out there”.  I’ve called it ‘Near Horizon’ because, despite spending much of my life scanning the horizon, metaphorically and literally, I have come to appreciate what has often been overlooked nearer to home.  Now I’m in another part of the UK.  I joined a new writing group, which precipitated a new stream of writing after many months of inactivity, and that has spawned another group of more dedicated writers which I have also joined.

As a consequence my ‘pile’ of scribbling grows weekly, some of it is posted here.  My autobiography is all but complete and I’m into my first novel; whether either sees the light of day remains to be seen, but I’m considering serialisation here or e-publishing.  The new group will, hopefully, help me decide.  ‘Near Horizon’ is organised into categories which you can search.  At the moment these are Writing (subdivided into Short Stories, Stories for Children, Poetry and Biography), Random Thunks (odd thoughts that skip across my brain), Rant (occasional blasts at the idiotic and unacceptable things in life), Politics, and Boring Legal Stuff, which is an attempt to address the thorny issue of copyright.  Boring Legal Stuff also points out that what I write here is my own work, my opinion, and is founded in my own experience.  This is important to note if you look at the tab called Lyme Disease, a condition  which changed the course of my life and which, if unlucky, might do the same to you. The posts I have published about Lyme Disease, its politics, diagnosis, treatment, and effects, has accumulated over a period of time.  During this time both my understanding of the disease, and indeed the science around Lyme and tick borne diseases generally, has developed.  Therefore nothing I have written should be taken to infer I recommend a particular treatment or a particular course of action: Lyme Disease is very ‘tricky’ and if you are affected by it, or know someone who is, then you should read widely, make your own decisions, and seek advice from trusted, science-based, sources of information such as the charity Lyme Disease Action.

If you read on I think you’ll find my writing is a bit ‘curved’: I don’t think in straight lines.  What I write is therefore often thought quirky, which I don’t mind. It is frequently allegorical, sometimes funny (I’m told) but I think it definitely has a ‘voice’.  I hope you’ll enjoy reading something of mine and, if you do, feel moved to post a comment.  Constructive criticism is always welcome.

AG