“Are you writing a travel guide?” a friend inquired, seeing my postings about Malta.
I had to disappoint her. “No, I’m afraid not. At least not at the moment,” I replied, “I’m writing poetry and short stories.” That’s quite a statement come to think of it. A few years ago I wouldn’t have dared boldly say or do anything along those lines. But frankly, there’s only so much you can do to entertain yourself by writing a travel guide before you get the urge to write something else. (By the by we’re nearly ready to release the new improved edition of our walking guide book of Gouda.) In the meantime, late one night, I clicked a few buttons while scrolling through a website that was recommended to me by a friend and, to make a story short, I ended up agreeing to write a new blog.
The thing about writing a blog is that you have to have something to say. I usually can find enough to say, but I notice that one of the expat blog links that I use to promote this blog often requires rebooting of my blog for their listing. Most blogs die after about a year. So what about this new blog? Would I ramble on in the vein of this one that you are reading?
No, I think not. The new blog, “Nectar from Holland, The Bee’s Tour with Vinita,” is set for a two year run only and is located at Angloinfo South Holland. It’s a combined effort between me and photographer Vinita Salomé. I have, from time to time during the past year, submitted poetry to online poetry sites. Quite often something of mine has happily been selected for publishing by a poetry site. A bit buoyed by these small smatterings of success, Vinita and I have come up with a slightly unusual format for a blog. It’s getting away from the guide book language and into the poetical (I was thrilled to get an email from the editor at Your Daily Poem who was surprised and supportive of the initiative!). But what do you think? Here, have a look at our new artistic endeavor.