Tag: Historical Fiction

November Blog: Freedom to Create

November started with some much needed good news and encouragement. Having applied for a fellowship at The MacDowell Colony in September I was notified that I am going to be a MacDowell Fellow in Literature next year. Needless to say I am absolutely delighted about this and it couldn’t be better timing. The MacDowell Colony is a multidisciplinary artist residency…

October Blog: Loftus Leanings

The curtains have downed on the major theatre festivals for this year and I have to say the overall standard this year was very good. Of the many shows I reviewed, and the ones I attended for my own pleasure, there were some real dazzling gems. That’s not to say that there weren’t a few duds in the mix either…

September Blog: Pictures of the Past

Day 2 of the novel masterclass with Mia Gallagher was hugely beneficial to me. It was great to meet up with the other writers again and to hear how everyone’s work was progressing. The day itself helped me to put things into perspective and to explore what I had achieved as well as formulate a plan for going forward. For…

August Blog: Toward the end of August

I’m back on the old sod now and it feels like a lifetime ago that I was stateside. The summer and my time in Maryland and DC went by so quickly that I’ve barely had time to gather myself before moving on to the next thing.  I finally got all most of the spelling mistakes in Attrition corrected, which meant…

June Blog: Does Not Compute

After May’s novel master class with Mia Gallagher I was wholly enthused about my second novel Attrition. Mia was the jab in the arm I sorely needed. I set about reading over my first draft to date but was hit with an issue within the first few thousand words; atrocious spelling. Some of it was so bad that it was difficult…

May Blog: Of Mice and Men and Mia

May was the month I was going to get oodles of writing done. That was the plan. Did it go exactly as I’d hoped? No, not quite but much progress has been made and breakthroughs occurred in unexpected ways. This lesson presents itself over and over in life; things don’t go as planned but that doesn’t mean they’ve gone wrong.…

April Blog: I Hate Writing

I hate writing. I love having written. Dorothy Parker hit the nail on the head with this one. Well, to be fair, it’s only true some of the time. Truth be told, I love the process of writing, when it’s going well, that is. The feeling of having written, however, is incomparable. Until it’s time to redraft and edit, and…