How wine inspired our blogs

There are times when we all move away from, suspend or completely abandon our blog. It’s happened to all of us whether through personal reasons, writers block or a lack of engagement from followers. I’ve written about this before with the latter reason being the cause when I abandoned for about 6 months. Lately however I have merely suspended blogging activity for a while because I had completely immersed myself in writing two books. The first of these, An Englishman In Nepal, was published in August and you can view the Amazon page by clicking the title link or image in the sidebar to this blog. The second book, It’s Not About The Wine, will be published on November 30th and you can also view the Amazon page from the title link or the sidebar image. I was helped considerably in creating the wine book by Danell Nelson, my sommelier blogging friend in Italy who blogs at Vinthropology and is also restarting the posting of her fantastic wine related art. Danell has also gone through a personal “suspension” phase and will shortly be writing about her art and Wine Club activity again. Her new post is featured below, Blank Canvas, so do take a peek and admire her previous artwork and wine posts ……..


There it is, right in front of you: pristine and untouched. You have an idea in your head of what you’re going to do on this canvas, and it’s still perfect, but you know the second you make that first brushstroke or pen mark- it’s tainted. You irrevocably enter into the struggle of matching your idea with what’s happening on that canvas, and the further you go, the more what’s happening on that canvas starts to exist in its own right. Your perfect idea is no longer immaculate, it now has to contend with reality for better or for worse. It’s an incredible risk, a terrible feeling, and there’s no way out of it.

I took a break from blogging because, well, life got in the way. But I would be lying to myself if that was the only thing that got in the way. Besides not having enough time…

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6 replies

  1. Thanks for sharing my post! It’s comforting to know that everyone goes through ups and downs when writing. Why not a biography?!

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  2. Congratulations on your second book

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