Tag: Bitten By A Dog On Tuesday

September Blog: A Tale of Three Halves

We’re well into my favourite time of year; between now and January is usually my ideal season. I know it’s probably not the most popular opinion but I’m glad the summer is over. There seems to be a backlash against “fetishising” autumn, which is understandable when every second thing is pumpkin spice this and that, but that doesn’t mean that…

December Blog: Are We There Yet?

I think it’s time to admit that I won’t have a first draft of my second novel, Attrition, completed by the end of the year. That’s okay to be honest. It’s not exactly gone to plan but I’ve still got so much more done than I had a few months ago and I will have the first draft done by…

September Blog: Culture Fatigue and Other First World Problems

September has been a bumper month, chock-full of (mostly) good things. In fact, it’s been such a busy month that I only realised about an hour ago that I haven’t written a blog entry and tomorrow is the first of October. I don’t know if I was lucky this year or if Dublin Fringe Festival was especially good but every…

August Blog: Ripe Fruit

August has me in a reflective mood, probably with the upcoming harvest season. Even though I live in the city, it is still a primordial feeling that is inescapable. The small crab apples are already beginning to fruit in Four Masters Park and the end-of-summer flowers hold onto their final moments of glory. To be fair, I love autumn and…

July Blog: The Accidental Researcher

Firstly… you might have seen me mention that for six weeks, commencing in September, I’ll be facilitating a Creative Writing class in Dublin city centre. The course is for beginners and also for writers who need a push in the right direction and a bit of encouragement. It will run for 6 consecutive weeks on Tuesday evenings (19.00-20.30hrs) in SEDA…

June Blog: A Bag of Dead Kittens

This month I’ve mostly been focused on restructuring and organising my novel, Bitten By A Dog On Tuesday. It’s a complete novel at this stage but still needs some work done, though overall I’m happy with it. I’ve mapped out the timeline and the major events and I think it flows well however I need to make a few tweaks.…

May Blog: Poetry and Patience

May feels as though it was a marathon month and as it comes to an end I have to admit I’m feeling a little exhausted. But it’s all good. I took some time off at the beginning of the month of focus on my novel, Bitten By A Dog On Tuesday, and that proved to be very fruitful. I met…

April Blog: Queen of the Isles

Crickey, nearly a month since my last blog and it’s been an odd one! I paid a little visit to the Channel Islands earlier this month, for reasons I need not go into here, except to say that it was a useful trip and my long term affair with the Channel Islands continues unabated. I did find the perfect writing…

February Blog: Black, White, & In-between

  For the shortest month in the calendar February certainly seems to be dragging it’s heels this year. Does the one extra day really make that much of a difference? I’ve been entering lots of writing competitions this month and, as I’ve mentioned in previous blog posts, the deadlines are very useful but it is easy to get too caught…

Deadlines and the Dead

What a month January has been. For me, it still feels like the New Year hasn’t really begun yet. Rather, the old one is still being wrapped up. Perhaps it’s wishful thinking that the beginning of a new year should be good and full of optimism but so far 2016 hasn’t been without its tribulations. Not least of all the…