What's This All About?
I started this blog in 2007 with the intention of writing about some of the significant people in my life and acknowledging them. Things have turned out very differently and it became more of an inward-looking journal - a space to work out where I am in life and how I got here. I also filled it with the things that interested me - hence 'the thoughts and ramblings of a growing man'.
I've always enjoyed writing and over time have built a small collection of mainly children's stories aimed at 5 upwards with an element I hoped adults would enjoy too. My writings became more adult-focussed and in October 2012 I started a Creative Writing course, having followed a number of creative writing blogs for some time that have inspired me, particularly Melissa Donovan's Writing Forward.
So, now this blog is becoming a journey through my writing exploits as well. I hope that anyone reading it may also be inspired to tap into their internal author and begin to write. I was always afraid that the story what I wrote (as Ernie Wise used to say) wouldn't be quite good enough for publication. While I haven't got as far as being published, I'm more confident that one day I could be. It takes hard work as well as imagination and dedication.
My name is Christopher Smith and I live in a small village on the northern bank of the Blackwater Estuary, near Maldon, Essex.
I work as a support worker for a national charity housing people with mental health problems and giving support to live more independently.
I feel passionately about people's rights and am fortunate enough to be able to exercise this passion in my work.
My parents both encouraged me to read and I was way ahead of the other kids when I started school. My father acted in amateur dramatics and had a love of words - playing with them and making up nonsensical phrases - some of which I remember to this day. My mother was an avid reader and a stickler for correct grammar and it was really she who taught me to read. I had read a number of Agatha Christie novels by the time I was 10.
One day I would like to set up my own writing space at home and spend all the hours I like writing and walking and spending more time with my man.