Here I am, Rosemary Johnson – writer/ reader / cook/ traveller/ computer nerd/ web designer/ vegetarian/ cat-lover. Also wife, mother and grandmother. And a Christian.
I have had many short stories published, online and in print magazines, but at the moment my priority is launching The Novel – which is set during the Solidarity period in 1980-81 in Poland – in front of the reading public. I retired from full-time teaching in a college of further education in 2015 and from teaching part-time in adult education in 2019. I’m now invigilating for exams at the college where I used to teach full-time. As a volunteer, I’m doing a lot of web development, something I really enjoy. I maintain the Association of Christian Writers’ website, my own church’s website and as a PR volunteer for my local Trussell Trust Foodbank, I get to do stuff on their website too.
I have been posting on my writing blog, Write On, since 2011. I used to include book reviews on it but what I came to realise was that, although all writers read, not all readers write, so reading blogs and writing blogs tend to be distinct. This Dear Reader book blog I launched in 2016, and between 2016 and 2018 I posted reviews every week or so. But where were you, readers? Most bloggers are a bit coy about their hits, or lack of, but I’m not. Now, in 2021, I have decided to restart. Please do drop in and say hello and what you like about this blog – or not. In fact, particularly, if not.
Over the last week or so, I’ve been carrying out a bit of a refurb, both of Dear Reader and of Write On. I literally spent hours looking at WordPress themes and trying them out and I hope you like the result. I’ve also been making other changes, bit by bit, and there will be more, I’m sure.
I used to declare in my tagline that whatever I read I review but I couldn’t keep up with myself, so I won’t be doing that anymore. For me, reading is relaxation, and I want also to be able to enjoy blogging my reviews.