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Wait! You’re Doing It Wrong!

It is with some joy that I can announce that The Timeline has moved. I’ve wanted for some time to bring all my writings under one self-hosted banner and you can now access all my websites through http://elenyalewis.co.uk.

The Timeline can now be accessed directly from http://thetimeline.elenyalewis.co.uk. I hope to see you all there.

Thanks you for all your support. 🙂

The Timeline Project

The idea behind The Timeline Project started in a block of counselling session I had before Christmas. The original timeline looks like this:

I wrote down titles and we talked about them and I mentioned at the time that I’d like to delve a bit deeper into some of the stories. Unfortunately I had finite time with the counsellor so I thought about writing things down instead. I then failed to get around to it. So this is me getting around to it. I’ve got literally hundreds of things that I want to think about, write down, dissect and put to rest. Ultimately it’s about documenting what has made me who I am now. Kind of like a memoir, except I am still a work in progress, so it won’t all just be history.

The point of publishing everything online is twofold: I’m interested in how many of my experiences aren’t unique to me – I look at some of the things that have happened to me and consider that I’ve been incredibly unlucky, but actually, perhaps this is how everyone grows up. I wonder how many people out there feel just like I did – like life was out to get them and everyone else had an easier time of it. And secondly, I’d like to hope that you, the reader, can find solace in my words. I’ve met so many people over the last year in situations every bit as difficult as mine and they are thriving, just as I intend to. And just as you can, I hope.

Venting a Leaky Tap

This is an odd analogy, but bear with me.

Being a writer is like having a leaky tap with a plastic bag over it. The tap leaks and water comes out and it collates in the bag and you can ignore it for a while but eventually the bag gets full. You either take the bag off and the water all spills out and the tap continues to leak, or you put a little hole in the bag and it can leak out slowly. The consequences of ignoring the bag full of water is that it eventually gets too heavy for the tap and you’ll break the tap, the bag or both. The result is the same. You’ll get water everywhere and it’ll be a big mess.

The point of this blog is to put a hole in the plastic bag of water that is my life. It has been collating for about 26 years now and it’s time that I started to let it out. If I don’t start to write down some of the stuff that’s been bottling up in me for those 26 years, then my brain will literally melt and pour out my ears and *poof*, that’ll be the end of Elenya.

Okay, so that was melodramatic. Melodrama is something I do very well.

I’m not going to lie. This is self-indulgent, likely to be exaggerated and probably not terribly happy much of the time either. It will however be honest. And if you’re not interested, you don’t have to keep reading. I won’t be offended if you take one look and decide not to bother. Nobody is making you read. But I will keep writing. I am compelled to write. I can’t bottle it up any longer.

This is a journey I am not sure I will enjoy. But I expect it will be interesting, even if only to me.