Why Write?

Earlier today, I answered a question that was put to the writing community of Instagram as part of the #AuthorsChallenge2019: “why write?” Reflecting on that question has deeply inspired me. It has reminded me exactly why I’m so driven to sit down, day after day, and continue to work on refining my novel manuscripts, even…

‘Fragile’ (A Poem)

This is a little poem I wrote today, inspired by (what else) the beauty of nature, as well as a moment of musing about courage, and what it means to find it. Fragile Birdsong through the trees Glimmers of light And the faintest trace of hope: That is what drives you on Stumbling Searching Barely…

Some Nature Photography – Winter Recedes

This may be a little premature, but I’m calling it nonetheless: winter is showing signs of receding. I say this in the knowledge that a number of major snow and ice forecasts – akin to last year’s Beast From the East one – have been bandied about lately (though whether they will actually come to…

‘Habitat’ – A Poem

It has been a long time since I wrote anything substantial for this blog. During December, I’ve felt disinclined to write (#NaNoWriMo drained me of my creative powers, clearly πŸ˜‰) and have instead been focusing on my off-screen life, which is no bad thing. Right now, I’m enjoying that calm, lazy post-Christmas feeling. 😌❀️ I…

Wildlife Rehab With KAF: One of the Best Decisions I’ve Ever Made

This August, I started volunteering with Kildare Animal Foundation (KAF)’s Wildlife Unit – I was inspired by the incredible dedication of a close friend who had been a regular volunteer there for several months – and it has proven to be one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. I’ve learned so much about animal…

My Post-#NaNoWriMo Reflections

The wild, often frustrating, yet incredibly mind-expanding experience that was #NaNoWriMo: what can I say about it? Now that it’s December and the dust has settled, I look back on the whole thing with an enormous sense of gratitude. I’m so happy that I took on this challenge and saw it through to the bitter…

Creative Writing – ‘The Struggles of Being Sophie’

Yesterday, my #NaNoWriMo project took a surprising turn: although I had originally focused the novel around three adult characters named Derek, Emma and Sarah, last night I ended up writing from the perspective of Derek’s eleven-year-old daughter Sophie. That twist almost didn’t happen: I arrived home soaked to the skin and feeling ridiculously, deliriously tired…

#NaNoWriMo: How I’m Maintaining My Momentum

A week ago today, I embarked on the wild ride that is NaNoWriMo: National Novel Writing Month. This annual writing odyssey – during which participants challenge themselves to finish the entire first draft of a novel in just one month – occurs every November. I’ve known about this formidable challenge for a couple of years,…

Fear Vanquished: My Learner Driver Experience So Far

πŸŽƒπŸ•· This Hallowe’en, I have finally begun to shedΒ my intense fear of driving. πŸš—πŸš˜ In September, I started learning how to drive. I am 28 years old – I was legally allowed to learn how to drive a full decade ago, but I put it off for so long because driving was never a skill…

Embracing the Beauty of the Colder Months

I’ve always been a fiend for summer – as I have made abundantly clear on this blog, time and time again. Few things delight me more than flashy, extravagant displays of fully developed flowers in all of their glory, or of dense green foliage covering every tree in sight: drinking in the abundant offerings of…