Creative Writing – ‘Stuff Happened’ (The Full Story)

I have previously published Stuff Happened on my blog in three different instalments, but I also wanted to publish it here in one longer post, for those who would prefer to read all of the story at once. For people who prefer to read it in three parts, here are the links to part one,…

Creative Writing – ‘Stuff Happened’ Part Three

This is the third instalment of a short story I’ve written called Stuff Happened. Part one can be read here, while part two can be read here. Stuff Happened: Part Three ‘Ah, there you all are now!’ Lynn’s broad grin greets them as they pull up to the gate. She is a middle-aged woman of…

We’re Here, We’re Queer and We’re Voting Yes

It has been a while since I posted anything on this blog. Over the past couple of weeks, I have kept telling myself I should write a post … but my ability to generate interesting content has been decimated by anxiety. On Friday the 25th of May – after thirty-five years of exiling those who…

Creative Writing – ‘Stuff Happened’ Part Two

This is the second instalment of a short story I wrote called Stuff Happened. The first part can be viewed here. UPDATE 20th May 2018 – the third part can be read here. Stuff Happened: Part Two The sound of the passing traffic is slightly overwhelming. Bébhinn cautiously gets out of the Jeep, assisted by…

Creative Writing – ‘Stuff Happened’ Part One

I’ve been thinking of posting some of my creative writing work on this blog for a while, so today I’m going to go for it. This is the first instalment of a short story called Stuff Happened, which has been percolating in my head for some time now. I hope you enjoy it! UPDATE 7th…

Heatwave Happiness: Trees, Sun and Swan Butts

I meant to write another blog post at the end of last week, but shortly after I had written my last post, all sitting-in-front-of-a-computer-related plans were abruptly postponed due to the arrival of a miraculous, beautiful heatwave that hit Ireland. I have written about my seasonal mood changes on this site a few times before….

Finding the Courage to Be a ‘Weirdo’

Last night I found myself musing about the conflict between rationality and intuition, and what defines “normality”. These thoughts were prompted by something I ended up writing on the cryptocurrency-powered social sharing website, Steemit. I am not a very technically-oriented person – I still don’t completely understand the ins and outs of cryptocurrency – but…

The Esther Effect: What One Pig and Her Friends Mean to Me

One of my major idols in life is a 650-pound pig named Esther. She lives in Canada and we have never met, but she is a heroine of mine nonetheless. This sassy, hilarious, heartwarming girl first came into the lives of her “daddies” – Steve Jenkins and Derek Walter – as a supposed “mini-pig” in…

Shattering Seas: The Creative Spirit of Tori Amos

Every now and then, a musician comes along whose creations cut to the very core of my soul: a musician who makes me dream, wonder, think and feel. Tori Amos is definitely on that list. Anyone who is familiar with Amos knows that her back catalogue includes a vast amount of high-quality material – her…

Day of Peace, Day of Flowers

Yesterday afternoon, I wanted nothing more than to than enjoy some moments of perfect peace. In the midst of ongoing, polemic debate on social media and the endless deluge of negativity on the news, nothing seemed more beautiful to me than walking among trees, listening to the subtle sounds of birds and animals, and breathing…

Year of Duality: Numerology, The YouTube Shooting and #Repealthe8th

I’m in a reflective mood as I write this. It has been just over a week since the verdict of the infamous Ulster rape trial was announced. The outcome left me heartbroken in many ways, but I have since been heartened by the uprising of protests across Ireland against sexism and injustice. One friend of…

Veganism: My Past, Present and Future Journey With It

I believe I was about five or six years old, and sitting on the floor of my great-grandmother’s kitchen, when I first heard the word “vegetarian”. The story of my great-grandmother’s house is a wonderful one in itself. Prior to her death in 1998, my parents, brother and I lived right next to her. Our…