I’m grateful to Karen Heenan-Davies at the ‘Booker Talk’ blog for this meme.
The idea is to look back at the first post of each month on your blog, reproduce the first line from that post and reflect on what that tells you about the past year.
6 Jan 2020: Monday Memories – decisions and consequences #1
I had been posting ‘Monday Memories’ for about 15 months by the end of 2019 and had completed my life story. I decided to continue with some observations about key turning points and the decisions I made, beginning with this one made at the end of 1961.
4 Feb 2020: Monday Memories – decisions and consequences #5
The analysis of life changing decisions continued with this post about a disasterous foray into the world of retailing in 1987/8.
4 March 2020: Monday Musings: an Irish Overstory.
‘Monday Memories’ having been wrung dry I began an occasional series of ‘Monday Musings’ with a piece on forestry development and the prevalence of Sitka spruce in plantations in Ireland and the UK. The opening sentence drew on my recent reading of Richard Powers’s masterpiece which had been a Christmas present from my son.
5 April 2020: A Weekend Walk in my Garden #1
The first in a weekly series of virtual tours of my garden which continued throughout the summer and proved popular with followers.
4 May 2020: How to access the WordPress free photo library (reblog)
Whenever I come across interesting posts from other bloggers I share them with my followers. As you will see, as the year progressed original posts became fewer in number and reblogs became more frequent. So far I have not made use of the free photo library featured in this one.
7 June 2020: another weekend walk in the garden
Another post about my garden. I can’t recall why it was posted on Monday instead of Sunday that week.
3 July 2020: Before the beginning: do you really need a prologue?
Another reblog. This one about the usefulness (or otherwise) of a prologue in fiction. It provoked a long (for this blog!) and interesting discussion.
2 Aug. 2020. 6 principles for writing historical fiction (reblog)
Another reblog, but an interesting one, as Historical Fiction is my favourite genre, both as a reader and as a writer.
2 Sept. 2020. Sugar and Covid. (reblog)
Reblogging again. This time on the prevalence, despite repeated warnings, of excess sugar in our diets.
3 Oct. 2020: Choosing the right word: Prescriptive vs Proscriptive
At last an original. This one prompted by what I beleived was the misuse of a word in a best selling novel. Desite the criticism here, when I was about 1/3 of the way into the book, I did find it a satisfying read in the end. The subject prompted another relatively long discussion in the comments and in the IASD facebook group.
21 Nov. 2020: Review of “The Memory” for Rosie Amber.
It’s the date of this post that is the most revealing. The first post of the month and it’s already the 21st.! Nevertheless, it was another that prompted an interesting discussion, here and over on Rosie Amber’s review site. It was my first review for Rosie and I hope to continue to produce one a month for her in the future.
17 Dec. 2020: reblog of Guest post by Robbie Cheadle on Jane Ridson’s blog.
Again, my first post of the month was more than two weeks into it. It was another reblog. Soon afterwards I became enthused by the need to discover more about the history of the small town in the Irish Midlands that has been my home for almost ten years now. My initial research into the subject led to an increase in the frequency of posts on the blog as the year’s end drew near. There have been two so far, one a long one. Another is in preparation and will appear here before the month, and the year, ends.
5 thoughts on “2020: The Year in First Lines”
An excellent idea. Thanks for this interesting post, Frank.
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You have prompted me to look at mine, though I’m not regular or disciplined about blogging. Interesting idea. Thank you! Here’s to 2021’s blog posts.
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I love that memory you shared about the decision that led to marriage. What a lovely way to begin the year
That was fun, and I found a new book I wasn’t aware of — “The Overstory”! Perhaps I’ll try this, too. Thanks, Frank!