I needed a kick up the arse to get back into blogging and it came in welcome form yesterday.
Writing Competition Finalist, Ben Ward
Having spent a month in a campervan (an excusable reason for absence) and a month readjusting to life back in the UK (not so much of a good excuse), my good friend and biggest fan, Rob, has pestered me as to why I haven’t posted in a while.
That should have encouraged me in itself but yesterday, the travel writing competition I entered back in June were in touch informing me of my inclusion in the long list of finalists.
There’s a long way to go before I’m crowned the winner and with my first ever competition entry, I won’t hold my breath (although I must admit that I’ve lined up a nice camera to buy with the jackpot for 1st place).
Even if I don’t make the shortlist after this next stage of judging, I’ve been encouraged by this news as, and I quote the received email, ‘the level of writing in this year’s competition has been very high, so this inclusion is an accomplishment’.
I hope that I can at least make the shortlist. It sounds much better on a resume than ‘longlisted finalist’ but the important point is, it’s given me the aforementioned kick up the arse I needed to stop sulking, get over my post-travel blues and try to achieve something from something I enjoy!
Until winners are confirmed, I can’t mention the name of said competition but hopefully, the next news you hear on this will be positive!
My other blog, the site responsible for this one, has been completed, for now.
I guess that after such an amazing, surreal, insane year that finishing the final post from our trip around the world felt like the finale of the trip.
For this reason, I’ve put off posting it for a while and last night I finally wrote it and you can find that here…
Written Best Man Speech
For anybody who has been keeping up with my page, a few posts ago I wrote about the pressure in writing the best man speech for Alastair’s wedding.
Well, I performed the speech and can proudly say that I smashed it out of the park!
The nerves were there right up until the first laugh from the crowd and from there I grew in confidence.
It is possible that having had such a positive reaction from a crowd to something I had written was the first step back into this blog and it feels good to have had a positive week after the ups and downs of returning home, especially after football never managed to do the same!