I posted my very first poem on this site in June 2011, and was a reasonably regular (in some cases even prolific) writer for the first year. Then, in July 2012, when I ran out of ‘On this Day’ posts to do (since I’d done one full year) something happened and between July 2012 and March 2014 I only posted seven pieces… A Glass of Bubbly went into hibernation. One of the explanations for this is the fact that as I continued deeper and deeper into my psychoanalysis (four days/week, 50 minutes/session) it became clear that I used my writing, as well as the English language, to escape from myself. I stopped thinking in English, I stopped writing poetry in my head all the time and to a great extent I stopped being creative. For a while I descended into depression, then rose to hypomania and was finally diagnosed bipolar, which explains a lot – at least to me.
Perhaps I could have started writing again then, but it took a while for it all to sink in – and I’m still doing the whole psychoanalysis thing – and even though I still – very occasionally – posted I stayed away from my usual hang-outs and prompts. Then, about mid-March of this year, 2014, a friend I’d met through A Glass of Bubbly who goes under the name of Wyomingdiva challenged me to get onboard for NaPoWriMo. Well, the same friend had previously tried to get me onboard for NaNoWriMo back in November 2013, and that had ended after about five days, with no more than 5ooo words written and I felt extremely rusty – almost empty of inspiration for poetry. Nevertheless I agreed that I would try. I am eternally grateful to her today, as 27 days into NaPoWriMo 2014 I’ve written more in the past 27 days than I have in the period from May 2012 until March 2014. 66 pieces in 27 days! A Glass of Bubbly is definitely back!
So, what will happen to A Glass of Bubbly after NaPoWriMo finishes? There are, after all, only three days left of this madness… Who knows? But I hope I can keep up writing. Perhaps not two or more posts per day, but at least more regularly than I have been. The blog I used to do Thursday Poetry Form for seems to have more or less died since I bowed out (I was asked to start doing a segment of interviewing other blog poets instead of doing my Poetry for Dummies – and for someone with a touch of social anxiety that made me panic), but many of the other places are still around. d’Verse Poet’s Pub is thriving, as are the toads over at Imaginary Garden with Real Toads, Poetry United and Magpie Tales. I’m sure there are plenty of other places out there who provide lovely inspiration if I can just be bothered to go looking.
Most importantly though, is whether people still want to read my scribbles – and they seem to be for some odd reason. As the stats go up on views and visitors I am constantly amazed, and more than a little grateful that you are still out there, still helping me realize this part of me, still allowing CC Champagne and A Glass of Bubbly to be a part of your lives. Granted, not a huge part, but even if it’s only a tiny part I’ll take it!
With this I’ll raise an imaginary glass of bubbly to all of you, and I hope to see you around soon again!