Friday, December 2, 2011

The Orwell Prize

Having fallen last year as my writing attempted to leap the gap between the longlist and the shortlist, I hesitate slightly to put myself forward again.

The past year has been a difficult one, where my writing has been frequently disrupted. Throw in the loss of my word-processor and a blown central fuse and I do wonder if I have produced ten posts which are worthy of submission. Sans internet access, I also haven't a clue as to what I've written and cannot look it up. A strange situation.

The Editor will obviously have a prominent role in organising this year’s submission, although she will have to read my whole year’s output. as I did last year, I also invite readers to pop over to read the Orwell criteria and highlight any of my posts which they think may be worthy of submission.

I'd like to say that if I won, then I'd take you all out for a drink...

And as look back over the past year, I must thank you for your patience. How, and what, I write is obviously a reflection of the state of my life and the vagaries of my mental state. Neither has been at its peak this year and that you hang about reading what even the Editor has characterised as being crap on occasion, I can only count my blessings that I have the only real comfort for any scribbler - an audience.

As I regain my mental footing and refuel the fires in my belly, I hope that I may repay your patience.


  1. Con-gratulations Ben.

    Don't worry about the odd poor post, we can always skip it. Keep most of them interesting and the occasional one stellar and we'll be happy.

  2. I agree with Cirrocumulus. Please keep writing - there is something interesting in almost everything you write. Occasionally I don't like what you write but most of the time it is articulate and interewsting and above all thought-provoking. Well done.

    Have you moved yet?

  3. Hey Ben no worries, we love you and your blog. I'll ding you a donation, and put my money where my mouth is : )

  4. I look forward to reading it every evening, good or bad but more often than not they make me think and have opened my eyes for me.

  5. Mary, guess you missed my little message in comments the other day? Yes, Ben has moved and is now on the road to release. Ed.


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