Scrapping the Insignia, buying the Vectra.

The initial diagnosis was: 'You might be lucky.' It was enough to hang on to, maybe not buy a new car, maybe they'd take out the extra oil and sure it'd all be sound. Days passed, no word.   Had a great time getting buses around Athlone. Standing at the bus stop and people on… Continue reading Scrapping the Insignia, buying the Vectra.

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Dentist sequel – The Extraction…(reblog)

A few days later, the dentist rang and said: ‘I rang the dental crowd and it’s sorted now.’ ‘What happened?’ ‘Someone mixed up your files with a 75 year old man.’ ‘How?!’ ‘I don’t know, but that other man had all his teeth extracted, and you still have most of yours. So that’s where the… Continue reading Dentist sequel – The Extraction…(reblog)

Notes on inspiration….

She had an idea for a book in the morning. It was there. When she woke up. Clear, concise, simple, brilliant. The clarity was astounding. The story felt original, unique, a credible take on a new way of fiction. All there was to do was write it. The characters were already developed, the plot points… Continue reading Notes on inspiration….

Notes on being on the road….

My daughter Nairobi asked: Why are you working today, daddy? It's Sunday. I tried to explain but didn't do a good job. Hard to define a trip across the country with a boot full of books. But here is I. We were in Mr.Price in Athlone. Spending an hour together before I hit the road.… Continue reading Notes on being on the road….

Notes on fear of public perception.

She wrote a novel a few years back but doesn't think it's any good. Put it under the bed and thinks about it sometimes, but not often. It was a story she wanted to write, a tale she wanted to tell but then felt it didn't hit the mark. Lacking truth somehow. Her influences were… Continue reading Notes on fear of public perception.

Notes on Procrastination – always give up on your dreams.

Gerry's says he's retiring soon and he's going to write a book. It's going to be a bestseller and maybe I'll read it and give him some notes when it's finished? I tell Gerry yeah, no problem, send it on to me. And when are you retiring? 'About three years from now.' He says. 'But… Continue reading Notes on Procrastination – always give up on your dreams.

Notes on Confidence.

It's over. It's done. No more writing. Time to delete all the files, all the words, all the articles and the half finished novels and badly baked stories. Take down the blogs. Remove all the links and pictures. Burn all the reviews. Put the laptop in the microwave and swing the microwave to full power.… Continue reading Notes on Confidence.

Notes on dialogue.

  Some nights, as the writer's about to go to sleep, she hears a voice. Something random. A snippet, a tannoy announcement, a passing comment, an opinion from a radio presenter. It invades her thoughts loudly, briefly and unannounced and is then gone. As time goes on, the voices become more frequent. More direct. They… Continue reading Notes on dialogue.