Countdown to Scintilla

Well, I think we can safely say that my good intentions to participate in Reverb11 were well and truly scuppered by a bout of illness garnished with a hefty soupcon of real life. At the time I did feel a vague and nagging sense of regret but really, I had so much other stuff going on that the whole project seemed to sneak by without me noticing.

BUT! A few weeks ago I learned that some of the jolly people who took up the hastily-dropped Reverb 11 baton had created a new project which sounded just as – if not more – exciting. It’s called Scintilla, and it starts tomorrow, so hurry on over there now and sign up. You can use the #scintilla hashtag, too, if you like that kind of thing. There’s a part of me that can’t wait to get back into the swing of regular blogging, and another part that’s just the tiniest bit scared, because I haven’t been writing that much lately, and what I have been writing has mostly been rudimentary Welsh.

In a roundabout way, the writing Welsh thing is actually a good thing, because one of the things I was doing when real life got in the way of my Reverbing was plucking up the courage to leave the job I was doing, the one which was making me miserable and ill and not a nice person to live with. In the end, it turned out that I didn’t actually need the courage, because I found something I wanted to do more – which was to take an intensive Express Welsh course. (I should point out that the ‘express’ bit refers to the unnatural speed at which we’re learning – I’m not learning how to right schlocky newspaper articles about Lady Di conspiracy theories.)

Learning a new language is blooming hard, even when you’ve been surrounded by it for the past ten years and picked up little bits (helpful phrases like, ‘My breasts are like the mountains of Snowdon‘ and suchlike), but I’m enjoying it. I’m enjoying not doing the Job of Doom and enjoying not feeling like I was selling a little bit of my soul every time I walked through the doors of that place.

Anyway. Onwards and upwards, as they say. And plenty of Scintilla excitement. And lastly, here’s a nice picture I took at the Hafod Estate last week, to show you all just how beautiful Wales is.



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