This year I started writing my blog. More by chance than design, most of the post titles have featured the word ‘time’, which has satisfied my sense of symmetry and consistency. A blog – dreadful word, symptomatic of the digital age’s compulsion to fabricate new expressions, often by sticking words together, as in ‘web log’, then shortening them – is after all in essence an electronic journal, a snapshot in time. So capturing the variety of times – a time to sing, a time to get creative, a time to speed up, coffee time in Vienna, home time – seems entirely logical, and has proved a pleasant means of reminiscence for me, regardless of whether I have any readers!
Clichés are of course forbidden to creative writers, but there are plenty of time-themed ones out there, given our collective consciousness of its passing. Heading towards the end of one year and starting the next, with all the new challenges and opportunities it may bring, seems a suitable time to reflect on our motivations and what’s really important to us. A time to regroup, consider the experiences that have gone before and plan for whatever lies in store. Christmas time for some can be busier than ever, but I hope it gives you and your family the space to press pause and appreciate each other’s company. That’s all from me for now, time’s up.