Sunday, 19 September 2010

Downtime on the Blog…

I’ve lost count of the number of times during the course of the past six months that I’ve posted on this blog to apologise for my diminishing frequency of contributions. There are, in essence, several reasons for this trend. Firstly, the demands of my job have escalated (in a positive way, I must stress), meaning that I am left with less time to compose my thoughts. Secondly, the political landscape throughout the build up to the general election in May left me washed out as a commentator. Thirdly, one of the main reasons for me setting up this blog was to update Silver Knight readers with my progress updates and progress has been a little slow since the start of the year. Finally, however, (and most significantly), we have been expecting the birth of our first child since January and the emotions surrounding this event have consumed my ability to write productively.

Many of you will already know that Emilia Grace Cure was born on the 14th September at 1.46am. It has never been my intention to disclose personal matters on here (if you are a regular reader you will note that this tends to read more Basil Fawlty than Nick Hornby) but I would like to take this opportunity to thank the staff at Russell’s Hall Hospital for their hard work during the afternoon and evening of Monday 13th September and especially during the early hours of Tuesday morning. As an opponent of powerful trade unions and “tax and spend” Labour Party policies, you may be forgiven for thinking me a heartless, fascist penny-pincher when it comes ot matters of state funding of public services. However, the skill and expertise of the HNS staff demonstrates to me that behind millionaire bureaucrats and civil servants lies an indispensable army of public workers who provide the cornerstone of our society.

Anyway, I would like to thank everyone for their well-wishes and thoughts (I’m sure Emilia does too, despite the noisy protests). To give my assurance, I have no intention of ceasing my contributions to this blog. When I first began posting tweets, my instinct told me that I could say nothing of value in a tweet as opposed to a blog and almost nothing in a blog compared with a novel. Indeed, that may well still be the case, but what Twitter has done is to have afforded me the opportunity of keeping in contact with the outside world, irrespective of time constraints and commitments. So it is then that you are likely to notice more tweets than blogs and more blogs than books over the remaining course of this year, but I do assure you that the sequel to The Silver Knight will be completed…eventually!

Dan, Alison and Emilia

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