Growing up most of our photographs were of holidays, birthdays, gatherings or special occasions. If I were to have taken a ‘selfie’ as a teenager, people would have questioned my sanity. Nowadays, I rarely pose or share photos of myself and often forget to take my camera out during special occasions, but that doesn’t mean, … More Capturing the moments.
So, it’s been way too long since we chatted. Now that I’m not writing my column in the Examiner, I seem to never get the chance to go online to blog. You’ll be pleased to know I am working away on my memoir and it’s going ok. I’ll post our October diaries in the next … More Men!
Today is October 9th. An ordinary day in most people’s calendar, but in my life, and that of my families, it marks the day, thirty two years ago, when Dad slipped away, after battling Motor Neurone Disease. In the intervening years this day has always been one of sadness, full of what might have been. … More Somehow, Somewhere, Some way…
Every month I feature in the Inspiration Diaries on the Inspiration Projects blog. It is an all too true look at what is happening in the world of three very successful writers and three writers yet to find their feet (no prizes for guessing where I stand). Part one each month gives an account of … More Septembers progress report on my writing.
Tonight I put a full stop on the final story from a difficult time in my life. Tomorrow I will give it one more look over before sending it on its way to my agent, Faith O Grady. It’s been an interesting few weeks looking back and exploring memories I thought I’d left behind. Old … More Confronting the past.
When we lose someone life changes forever. Grief comes calling and brings with it exhaustion and a sadness no joy can lift. We understand the world is still turning and people are busy with their lives, but it is a lonely place to be. As time passes people move on, and as they are busy … More Remembering…
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. It changed forever how I think about myself as a writer, as well as giving me focus and belief in my writing project. My new years resolution this year was … More Inspiration diaries August.
There is an old saying ‘Sticks and stones may break my bones but words can never hurt me,’ I’ve never agreed with that as there are some words which can do more damage than any bone break ever would. However, tonight I discovered another reason to disbelieve it. Tonight, I finished a story for my … More Sticks and stones…
While holidaying in heaven recently, (Allihies, West Cork) yer man and myself went to visit Dzoghen Beara. It’s a buddhist retreat centre between Castletownbere and Allihies. We’d not been there before. Well, that’s not exactly true. We drove into it about fourteen years ago and on getting out of the car were struck by the … More And… Breathe
I can’t tell you all how happy and emotional I am to tell you that today I signed a contract with a literary agent! Yes, read that again if you must. It’s true, Faith O Grady, from the Lisa Richards Agency will take my memoir and do her best to find it a home. When … More Newsflash…You’d better sit down!