Full disclosure, I’m not impartial in the case of this particular interview. It’s not an exaggeration to say that guest author Laura McKenna is the reason I’m writing today. Back in 2014, I spotted a sign on the noticeboard of the Crawford Art Gallery in Cork. It was for a six-week writing class, using the… Read More Words to Shape My Name author Q&A
This has been the year of the novel for me. Back in January, I set myself the task of actually getting a move on and finishing one of three novel projects I’ve been dabbling with for some years. I had a pattern of working on one for a while, becoming disheartened and bailing, only to… Read More A farewell to 2020
‘How’s the book coming along?’ is a question that writers are asked over and over and over. The answer generally goes along the lines of, “I’m a teeny bit stuck/We’ve decided to consciously uncouple/I hate it more than fascism/Oh look, a pigeon! Sorry, must dash…” Today, I can happily report the book is going well… Read More Book report: Irish Novel Fair runner-up!
I have started 2020 with great writing fervour, dear readers. Ok, that isn’t true. I’ve dragged myself into 2020, frustrated with my lack of concentration and nagging myself to commit to one – just one – project. Things are about to change. Oh, yes. For I am determined to finish one of the novel projects… Read More Book report, week 1: hope and hammers
I’m currently working on a book project that feels like wading through mud which has been liberally infused with treacle. And it is wreaking havoc on my fancy lead boots. The one thing that seems to help me focus is a deadline, so I’ve been looking at novel competitions for anything that might be a… Read More The unweekly herding: a list of novel competitions
I’m trying to work on a book at the moment, so this latest herding is novel-related rather than short story. I’ve returned to a project I abandoned some time ago, but I’m really struggling to get back on track with it. And the fact that it’s our so-called summer isn’t helping, either. Looking out the… Read More The unweekly herding: novel ideas