I am away from my blog, writing about governance, risk and compliance. I am learning more about accounting standards than I ever thought it was possible for my brain to take in. When I return I look forward to kicking up my heels and being silly again.
While I am gone, you could talk among yourselves, or you could read this article from the Guardian on a new genre of nature writing that sees humans as as much a part of nature as the wildlife they are writing about. I’m particularly fascinated by the book called Waterlog, which describes the author’s aquatic journey around Britain, swimming in lakes, ponds and rivers. In his new book he’s apparently doing for wood what he first did for water.
A brief newsflash from my life is that I have found two other English writers and we are starting a writing group! I am very excited, because I never ever thought it would be possible for me to muster a group living here in deepest darkest Germany. Any tips or best practices (whoops, there’s that accounting rearing its head, sorry) from those who have been in writing groups would be muchly appreciated. Things I would like to know are:
1. How to critique someone’s work and still stay friends afterwards.
2. How to receive criticism and still stay friends afterwards.
3. Rules: are they important? If so, what should they be?
4. Alcohol or tea?
Now let me return unto Messrs Sarbanes and Oxley, my new best friends.