Notes on the dangers of reading Orwell.

The danger of reading Orwell is that you think you have done enough. You know now that an information dictatorship is a real and present danger. And if you know, so does everyone else, right? The problem is covered, no need to worry. There is a world famous book that points out the insanity of… Continue reading Notes on the dangers of reading Orwell.

Notes on Reviews….

The odd thing about reviews is they're not reviews anymore. They tend to be banal descriptions of the story that begin with what happens at the beginning, give away all the plot points and then spell out the end. There is no opinions, no critical analysis, no understanding of where the title being reviewed fits… Continue reading Notes on Reviews….

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 the digital age….

You don't know who you are. You used to know. But not anymore. There was a stage when you could count all the people you knew respected you and those that didn't. You could say with relative ease how many things and instances you should regret and ought to be ashamed of. But not anymore.… Continue reading Notes on the digital age….

Mick Donnellan to attend event for Mayo Writers on Dec 1st.

  Mayo Arts Service, Mayo County Council Write Now 2018 – a speed dating writing event for Mayo writers. Write Now 2018 is an initiative of Mayo Art Service. This event affords Mayo Writers the opportunity of 20-minute speed dating type mentoring slots with a Poet, a Playwright, aScreenwriter, a Short story writer, a Novelist… Continue reading Mick Donnellan to attend event for Mayo Writers on Dec 1st.

Social Media – #29

When writing my first two novels the country was changing so fast that by the time they were ready the material could feel almost obsolete. Your characters go to book a flight in a travel agents but when your story is finished, everyone gets their flights online. People don't call each other on landlines anymore… Continue reading Social Media – #29