MAY, PART TWO: FINDING THE RIGHT WORDS May 18, 2019 Over a year ago I attended a writing course aptly titled “The Inspiration Project,” the brainchild of Carmel Harrington, Hazel Gaynor and Catherine Ryan Howard. Safe to say, it changed forever how I think about myself as a writer as well as giving me focus and … More The Inspiration Diaries May. Part Two.
I wonder do many people keep diaries nowadays? What with social media encouraging us to share our everyday lives online and the lack of penmanship, I suspect the numbers are few. I began a diary six weeks after my dad died and wrote in it for over 25 years. It was a place to vent … More Private. Keep Out.
It’s been a lifetime since I’ve written here… well almost a month. Christmas has come and gone and New Year has arrived and with it my New Year Resolutions. This year they are mostly writing related. I will start taking my writing more seriously. I will call myself a writer in public without whispering and … More Starting 2019 with an apology and some news.
We don’t do Thanksgiving here in Ireland, but I’d like to take this opportunity to wish all my friends in the United States, both ‘real’ and online, a lovely day and to give thanks for having all of you in my life. In Chicago are friends who swam with me here in Ireland many moons … More Happy Thanksgiving to my friends in the U.S.
As I sit down almost daily these days, to write stories from my past for my memoir, I am struck by how different each day is. There are days when I’ve no interest in exploring the darker side of my memory, the moments, days and even years of unpleasantness I’ve locked away. Instead I sit … More Why did you write that?
The short answer is no. But have no fear there’s a longer answer. I have 40,000 words of a story written… but I’ve put it aside. Why? Because there is a book in my head, a book which is very close to my heart. I’ve tried to put off writing it, but the small voice … More Any sign of my book?
I’ve been blogging for four years and up to this year posted regularly. However, in more recent times I’ve taken a step back. Why? Because I’m enjoying living. Yes, I’m spending more time honing my writing skills on short stories and trying to lessen the time I spend online. How’s my WIP going? It’s not. … More Life offline.
I’m melting here in Ireland. We are now on our second burst of glorious weather and my poor blog is suffering from neglect, although I am still writing. So, a little late, here’s one of my columns from the Feelgood in the Irish Examiner from a couple of weeks ago. Last week, in the honeymoon … More There I am in the paper #64
For fear you think I was run over by a bus or have been dealing with an unspeakable family disaster, I’d like to assure you all is well in my world, although I can hear quite a number of you shaking your heads having not missed my posts for a moment. Unfortunately, my absence does … More I regret the interruption in service… but I’m back.
Ever since people in my real life discovered I wrote a blog I’ve been asked regularly, ‘So, when is your book coming out?’ To which I’ve always answered, ‘Not in the near future I’m afraid.’ There have been brief moments in time when I’ve toyed with compiling my posts into a book or several books. … More So, when is my book coming out?