Winners in Novel Fair — Irish Writers Centre

Yesterday was a big day for eleven writers who traveled to Dublin to the Writers Center for a prep day before the 2014 Novel Fair. What a lovely bunch and a great thank you to everyone who helped make it such a relaxing and informative session.
More to follow!

Private Thoughts, Private World – Part 4 – Characters

found a new button, and like l’oreal, i think you’re worth it, taken from lindaghill, many thanks!

In recent weeks of perusing different WordPress sites, I have come across on a few occasions writers talking about character development and how they will sometimes watch people and make up stories for them. I do this often. I get endless enjoyment from watching people’s mannerisms and body language as they relate to others.

I remember one instance when a friend and I were sitting on a park bench at a local public rose garden. We had been resting in quiet companionship for some time, enjoying being outdoors near dusk listening to the birds sing and watching people stroll through the park. There was one family I vividly recall – at least I assumed they were a family – a mother, a father and a son who pulled up in a car across the street. They got out and entered the park gates. The boy, around eleven years old, ran…

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Long Long Way from there to here…

An Irish SummerWell, we’re enjoying typical irish summer weather this evening.  We had planned on a day at a beach house that’s being lent to us for a couple of weeks, but with inches of rain and miserable skies there didn’t seem much point.  So instead, we’ve blown a fortune on books and tramped about town for the day!

In saying that, everyone, except my bank account had a good day.

so here I am now getting down to the work….

And I list out the jobs on my to do list…

Top of which is a poem that is due to be sent out before the weekend is out and I don’t even want to go there on baby no 5 (not a real one obviously, just the new novel!) A friend of mine has suggested posting on sites like linkedin – I’ve tried to explain, I hardly have time to keep up with my committments as is.  So for this week, on the poem due this weekend, I’ve had about an hour and half to put into it and it will be finished by tonight….. oh yes!

So, I had a ramble through linkedin…. Crikey, but it’s exhausting, reading through how well other people are out there marketing themselves… I really don’t think I’d have the energy for it… I susect, that at this stage I’ve forgotten more than I’d remember anyway.

Back to that poem… It’s about heritage, the past, where you’re from.

Yes, perhaps I’m from too far away from linkedin to go there yet!

Love Ger.

P.S. just a little of where I’m really from, the painting is from Jack B Yeats, and I’m probably a bigger fan of his than William’s!  What does that say?

Lazy Sunday Afternoon

I have just spent almost a full hour browsing the web – hitting sites like Nicola Morgan’s and wondering where do women like her get their energy from.  Apart from writing very successful novels, she has a string of other equally time labouring pots on the boil.  And all completed to the same high standards.   Does the woman need no sleep?  There are others too, India Knight, for example, she never misses a thing on the telly, yet still manages to keep churning out the books, the column and she’s managing to bring up a family as well.

Then, something hits me!


these people are not checking out my twitter accounts, they don’t even subscribe to my lonely blog!  Perhaps, while I’m surfing away I should be doing something a little more industrious, Ah!


Talk soon,