Sign your book please. Ah g’wan, g’wan, g’wan

I collect signed copies of writers’ books, something that happened casually and has now expanded into a nice if small collection. Some signings are easy to acquire, a few demand some patience, while others just fall into my lap. I wrote about my first efforts here a few years back. I knew Clodagh Finn’s biography of Mary Elmes, A Time to Risk All, was out, and … Continue reading Sign your book please. Ah g’wan, g’wan, g’wan

First draft complete, now for a title

Finally, the first draft of my book is finished. I won’t rehash the effort it took to get this far, but the work now weighs in at just over 79,000 words – mostly not very good words. Still, the outline is there even if the quality isn’t. I had a conversation with author Mary Morrissy recently – do check out her novels – and am … Continue reading First draft complete, now for a title

Some good news about my book

Writing doesn’t come easy to most people and I’m no exception. My blogging goes in spurts, sometimes gushing along at a rapid rate every couple of days; other times weeks can go by before I can rouse myself and pen another blog. I’ve been lucky that some of my more successful blogs took just minutes to write, a torrent of words streaming onto this space. … Continue reading Some good news about my book

I still haven’t found what I’m looking for

I’ve never kissed Bono, but my friend Mareike has. Here she is with the great man in a photo taken almost 20 years ago. They look like a couple, as several people – including myself – pointed out, and not rock star and fan. Mareike lives in Germany now, happily married with two lovely girls. She lived in Ireland for a couple of spells, and … Continue reading I still haven’t found what I’m looking for