I started WritingTime on Typepad eight years ago with the help and insistence of my daughter Brooke who said if I was a writer I had to have a blog. My early readers were coerced students, about 18 of them, and some of my first posts came from my just published book, Courage & Craft. It was all strictly business, all about writing, but then I began including my own trials and tribulations of being a working writer. And then my husband had a heart attack and quadruple bypass and I wrote about that too, and things got much more personal.
When my horse died and I wrote what it felt like to lose him, one of my readers, Dr. Robert Goldman, wrote in a comment that there should be a book by writers about losing an animal. And that was the beginning of Cherished: 21 Writers on Animals They’ve Love and Lost. (Dr. G., friend, student and my animal’s vet, wrote the Preface for it.)
Along the way I discovered I really loved writing short pieces about the craft of writing and my writing life and my fourteenth book, A Year of Writing Dangerously, came out of that love and the practice I had writing this blog.
I’ll continue going on and on about the writing life but I’m going to do it now on my website, www.BarbaraAbercrombie.com In eight years there’s been a huge difference in website/blog hosting and I’m moving to WordPress because I can figure out the technical stuff so easily on it. (Has anyone noticed that the books on my bedside table in this sidebar haven’t changed in eight years? I never could figure out how to do it.) I’ve also had problems with the comment section being closed.
So onward. Please come subscribe again to WritingTime on my website. All the old posts have been moved over to it, thanks to Rob Daly.
And thank you, dear readers for your loyalty to this blog and your wonderful comments over the years. Please stay tuned. And keep writing.