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Blogging, like love, has its phases. In the beginning you’re raring to go, a little dewy-eyed, and can’t talk about anything else. Then routine kicks in and before you know it, you’re seeking some variety. Not always in terms of a new person or blog, mind you. But well, something..um..different.

There are some bloggers, the most successful sort, by the way, who can blog on come winter shine, illness, disaster, holidays, births, deaths….they have attained nirvana, and remain unchanged, steadfastly blogging though it all. Even if it is a line, a quote, something someone else wants them to post for publicity.

I am of the other sort. I belong to the clique of bloggers who started with a great deal of enthusiasm, but have let life take over with its vagaries and incidents, pushing their blogging to the back seat.

My blogs are definitely on the back-burner at the moment.

But on the other hand, I’m not unhappy with my achievements in real life, the writing-related ones at least.

For one, I’ve been writing something or the other every day.

Also, I’ve been successfully meeting up with a bunch of writing friends now, for a month. We started on the 18th of November, meeting once a week, and we’ve had some pretty good sessions. Lots of free writing, the inevitable chatting, sipping and munching, and one critique session. All pretty flexible and cheerful. And productive.

I have two short stories in an upcoming Singaporean anthology, called “Love & Lust in Singapore”, one of which has been published in QLRS before, and the other would see the light of day for the first time.

British council invited me to write a few flash pieces to set off their awesome website “The City of Shared Stories,” and I’m not entirely unhappy with my pieces. The pieces could use a little work, sure, but I crunched them out on a pretty tight deadline 😉

In fact, I recommend that everyone who has experienced KL should put up their take, now that the site is open to the public. A few people have done it today, and it is quite fun reading all the pieces. A great avenue of creative expression….

And, I’m looking forward to another round of British Council Workshops from 12th to 24th January. Sarah Butler is coming back!

All in all, not a bad way to end the year, writing-wise. I haven’t written as much as I should have, but I’ve stuck at it.

So, here’s to the holiday season, and let’s hope the next year holds good things in store for all of us! Amen.

Damyanti Biswas

Damyanti Biswas is the author of You Beneath Your Skin and numerous short stories that have been published in magazines and anthologies in the US, the UK, and Asia. She has been shortlisted for Best Small Fictions and Bath Novel Awards and is co-editor of the Forge Literary Magazine. Her forthcoming literary crime thriller, The Blue Bar is represented by Lucienne Diver from The Knight Agency, and will be published by Thomas & Mercer on January 1, 2023.

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