Ten Years Later

I realised earlier today that I must be reaching ten years of writing on this blog, and it turns out that I’ve just missed that anniversary. My first post was on the 27th November 2012. I can’t believe how quicky a decade has passed, but while I’m a little late I just wanted to mark the occasion with a big thank you to everyone who’s read anything I’ve posted on here.

Ten years ago I was coming up to half way through my second year of university, and I was editing my book, To The Other, which was then released in June 2013 and is currently free on kindle if you want to check it out. (UKUSA)

The memories of writing those early posts are very strong in my mind. In the years since, I’ve published 1037 posts on here, with over half of those in the last 18 months when I started writing film reviews. Today also marks 547 days in a row with a post.

I’ve enjoyed writing on here, and feel that it’s always been a good outlet, whether that’s just writing about stuff I’ve been doing or sharing what I love about a certain film or book. It’s also been great to share the stories I’ve written and receive wonderful responses. The posts I’m most proud of are my short stories, and every time I put on up, I get nervous that there will be a ton of errors or people will hate it, but that hasn’t happened yet.

The first short story I put up on her I actually wrote when I was still in school, The Valley of the Shadow of Death, and put it on here the day I started the blog. You can take a look here:

https://ashleymanning.com/short-stories/the-valley-of-the-shadow-of-death/

Much more recently, I put up Best Friends Forever, which I put up on 11th August this year, just after my birthday. You can read that one here:

https://ashleymanning.com/2022/08/11/best-friends-forever-short-story/

I’ll let you decide if I’ve gotten better or worse with writing. Hopefully better.

Moving forward I have plenty of new stories in the works, both short stories and longer pieces. I’m even working on a sequel to Best Friends Forever, as some feedback I received inspired the follow-up. I have a sci-fi story that I’m about half way through writing, and another that’s about a quarter of the way there. There will also be more film, book, and manga reviews, as always.

Again, I just want to say thank you to everyone who’s read anything I’ve written. I truly appreciate it and every like, comment, and follow I receive means the absolute world to me. Thank you and here’s to the next ten years!

Thanks,

Ashley

About ashleymanningwriter

Young Adult Fiction writer. Horror and fantasy blended together.
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6 Responses to Ten Years Later

  1. mongo1970 says:

    Congratulations on reaching 10 years on here an impressive milestone here’s to the next 10

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  2. ManInBlack says:

    Congrats fellow blogging veteran! πŸ™‚

    Liked by 1 person

  3. I read “Best Friends Forever,” very fun story, eeek! Congrats on 10 years, Ashley!

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