Solar Bones is one of the most captivating and original novels of recent years. Over on "Writing.ie", I spoke to the author, Mike McCormack. To read the article click here
Only a fool crosses a god, but Ellaeva and Lyram will do anything to get what they want. Title: In the Company of the Dead Author: Ciara Ballintyne Series: The Sundered Oath #1 Genre: Epic Fantasy/Fantasy Romance Chosen as a five-year-old orphan to be the Left Hand of Death, Ellaeva has nothing … Continue reading NEW RELEASE Ciara Ballintyne’s Epic Fantasy ‘In the Company of the Dead’
Ladies, we all know how hard the dating game can be. How do you read the signs? How can you tell if he’s *really* a nice guy? What’s he hiding in the trunk of his car? It’s tough. So, to help you out – and in the tradition of those very helpful lists that we … Continue reading Ten Signs That YOU Could Be Dating a Psychopath
Over the past week, you may have read the story of Essena O’Neill, an 18-year-old Australian who quit Instagram, YouTube, and Tumblr, despite having half a million followers and lucrative financial rewards. She did this, she said, because the images and videos on these sites are “contrived images and edited clips ranked against each other.” “Without … Continue reading The Validation Generation: The Dangers of Living in a Social Media World
If you haven’t read it, you can check out the original “When Writer’s Attack …” post here and then strap yourself in for some more pithy author put-downs. What’s interesting about author put-downs is that many are not afraid to go for the big hitters. Cervantes’ Don Quixote is regarded as a classic. Unless you’re Martin … Continue reading When Writer’s Attack … Part II!
Editor and Creative Writing teacher Dr. Stephen Carver wrote a blog post recently outlining the top writing mistakes he encounters. First off, he quotes Newman and Mittelmark from their book How Not to Write a Novel: “We are merely telling you the things that editors are too busy rejecting your novel to tell you themselves, … Continue reading An Editor’s Guide to the Worst Writing Mistakes
Getting Started "If you have any young friends who aspire to become writers, the second greatest favour you can do them is to present them with copies of The Elements of Style. The first greatest, of course, is to shoot them now, while they’re happy." – Dorothy Parker Following the Rules "There are three rules … Continue reading Brutally Honest Writing Advice from Brutally Honest Writers
My latest piece of short fiction - "I Remember Sorrento" - is now up on the wonderful "Organic Coffee, Haphazardly" website. You can read it here.
Bars and clubs in Ireland are in trouble. That won’t be news to anyone – outside of the major cities – who has been in one on a Saturday night recently. One of the reasons for this is that many have stopped booking live music. Now, I understand the dilemma bar and club owners face: … Continue reading What’s Wrong with the Live Music Scene (And How to Fix It)
No matter where you live in the world, you will probably at sometime – whether in your own country or whilst travelling – have encountered buskers. If you’ve ever been in any major city in Ireland, you will certainly have seen some. If you’ve visited Dublin, you can’t have avoided them. They are very much a … Continue reading And Then They Came For The Buskers …