How to choose these 111 pieces of writing from over 300 which were originally posted on the Monthlies website? What a task it was. There was so much that was exciting, moving, vibrant or amusing. Often I found myself caught by surprise, laughing, crying or saying ‘wow’ to myself as I sat in front of the computer screen.
Trisha Lord encouraged me to pursue my thoughts:
‘I hope for it, for elegance that elicits
the inward gasp, the outward sigh. Then
I know I have struck gold, found the vein’
Over and over again I did just that: finding far too much. Reluctantly, I refined the gold further, turning the pieces over and over, looking for the brightest, smoothest, heaviest, most beautiful . . . until finally I had my best nuggets. So here they are: ‘111 Blog Beauties’ mined with love, sweat and tears from the rich seam that is the Monthlies Blog.