My blog is award free. I great appreciate your considering me for awards but your presence is always reward enough.

I have been writing for a lot of years. I enjoy the process and I enjoy trying different genres. I have been teaching for a lot of years and being a teacher of drama I am very interested if not passionate about performance.

Therefore a lot of the pieces that I will place in this blog will be performance pieces I have written with my students.

Added to that I will put here the variety of work I have written over the years. Last year when my father was dying I found writing each evening when I went home was a way for me to deal with the distress of watching my father’s life ebb away.

Sometimes I find my subjects work best for me as prose and other times no matter how hard I try I cannot get a word of prose out of them but rather they speak to me as poetry.

My work is what I like to write, often depending on my mood and inspiration.

I have been fortunate over the past two years to have a wonderful friend who has been my audience. She has amazingly tolerated my literary efforts and been supportive of work, I have at times may struggled to complete.

Since beginning this blog I have made some wonderful friends amongst the many bloggers who regularly read my work. I would like to think that I use the blog to experiment with writing forms and subjects. Always my work is a labour of love, and even in saying that I am aware that sometimes one piece will work better than others. But that’s life.

I have learned over the years that language is a common bond between all peoples. However the context in which we read each others work varies and what one person will see as good and exciting another may well see nothing at all. That is always the challenge with writing. But when you stop enjoying the process it is sadly time to put your keyboard away. Hopefully for me that wont happen until I can’t see it any longer.

If anything you read in here hits a chord with you then great. If not, thanks for looking and I urge you to continue your journey.

If you have read this far be it known that awards are flattery but are unnecessary as your comments and the time taken to read my work is what I am always grateful for.

If you have reason to contact me you can do so at: mtgrogan@gmail.com

165 Responses to About

  1. I don’t accept awards either. On my old blog, (now shut down) I accepted them at first. But they took so much time away from my writing, I stopped participating. It’s wonderful to be acknowledged, but like you, likes and comments are all the awards I need.

  2. rythaephua says:

    “… If anything you read in here hits a chord with you then great. If not, thanks for looking and I urge you to continue your journey…” Wow, my favourite lines. So pure and very objective. You rock for not accepting awards. I respect you for that.

  3. Hi Micheal! I happened upon your blog after visiting Jacqueline’s party. I look forward to reading more of your work.

  4. Singledust says:

    i like that you say language is a common bond, it really brings people together when they can share a thought and feeling which with out language we would just keep them all to ourselves….

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  6. TanGental says:

    thank you for the follow; very kind

  7. angloswiss says:

    I stumbled across your blog yesterday, although I think I knew it was there for some time. I will definitely back to read your interesting articles. What actually got my attention was the title Morpethroad. Although I have been living in Switzerland the past 50 years, I spent my first 20 years growing up in Bethnal Green in the East End of London (yes I am one of the last surviving cockneys). One of our schools was Morpeth Street school in the area. I did not go there, but some of my friends did. Just a coincidence I suppose.

    • Michael says:

      Hello yes coincidence I am sure though I’m sure our Morpeth came from England at some stage of our development. I look forward to reading your blog too. Have a good day.

  8. Greta story Michael, look forward to more 🙂

  9. Wonderful to meet you and your writing here.

  10. lillian says:

    Michael: Lillian here from dVerse. I am finding that my replies to some posts to my Razzle Dazzle prompt are not showing up. Brian let me know that my reply to his wonderful post about jello went into his spam. I am soooo frustrated! I LOVED your post for this prompt and left a long reply to it. I’m going to look and see if this reply posts here on your About….and if it does, hope you will check out your Razzle Dazzle post to see “where” my reply is! Can you let me know? Maybe by posting in the dVerse bar comments? THANKS!’
    PS: LOVED your Razzle Dazzle poem — hope you can find my comment on it!

  11. ellenbest24 says:

    Pleased to virtually meet and read with you. 😇

  12. Hello. I found you through Wendy’s ‘picnic with Ants’ blog. I am new to following you, and just thought I’d say hi 🙂 Take care and i look forward to reading your future posts. Carly

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  14. exoticnita54 says:

    You sound like a very deep and passionate guy… micheal..,
    And I will be checking out your work.. on

  15. Your blog is very beautiful ❤ ❤ ❤

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  17. Kat says:

    Hi Michael, I just popped over from Dandelion Fuzz, where I was answering some of your comments. 🙂 I look forward to reading more of your writing!

  18. HI

    Thank you so much for finding my blog and liking a post and joining in on the weekend share. Hope to see you again


  19. rugby843 says:

    You always have great comments, Michael. About the awards, I’ve considered putting an award free button because I’ve received a few, and when being less confident that my blog would be accepted, it was good inspiration. I think it’s good exposure for new bloggers.

    • Michael says:

      When i started blogging I received a few awards but I found it all very overwhelming, this notion of nominating others so I withdrew. I like the writing I find the award nominations too time consuming.

      • rugby843 says:

        I guess I have the time, but nominating other bloggers is difficult. I feel I’m always leaving someone out. I do try to bring new people in.

  20. You are the first writer I’ve found who shares my interest in performance writing. It’s nice to meet you. Regarding awards: I use them as an opportunity to thank the people who follow my blog and to introduce bloggers who are new to me. I never expect the people I nominate to act on the award because I do understand how overwhelming they can feel.

    • Michael says:

      The performance writing started back in about 1993 when in our school system Drama became an examinable subject. At the time apart from monologues from plays there was not a great resource for performances, so I set out to create some. There are a few early on my blog but as you can see my writing had taken on a whole new course. As for awards, you sum them up well, overwhelming and often a cause of anxiety. But each to his/her own. Thanks for following my blog, please stop by anytime.

  21. I’d love to subscribe to your blog but can’t find a subscribe option

  22. willowdot21 says:

    Hi Michael I hope you don’t mind but I am hoping you will accept to write part 6 of The Haunted Wordsmith’s story.
    Here is the story and rules so far.

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