Poetry Day Ireland: Three Poems That Inspire Me

Today (Thursday May 2nd) is Poetry Day Ireland! The craft of poetry means a lot to me, so I wanted to celebrate this day by highlighting three poems that speak very deeply to my heart. ❤️ The amazing Pulitzer-Prize-winning poet Mary Oliver passed away in January of this year. Her powerful poem The Journey means…

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…

#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,…

‘Your Solace’ (a Poem)

You never believed that solace was in sight:It’s not our way, your conscience said.Our way isThe path of fortitude. Our way isEver-sacrificingEver-selfless,Ever ready to place ourselvesInto the line of fireAnd never complain of burns. We are the rockThat stands still always:The solaceThe strengthThe shelterFor those who cannot stand alone. You never believed that your solace…

‘Freedom Is…’ (a Poem)

Freedom is… Running on the beach, Carefree as a child in the glorious heights of summer, Shouting and hollering your joy to the four winds, Without a care for who may be watching. Freedom is… The first moment of the school holidays: Bursting out the gate, Racing your friends down the street, Laughter in your…

Creative Writing – ‘The First Sign’

This is a prologue to the short story ‘Pitiful … Or Am I?’ that I shared on this blog at the start of August. Now, as the month draws to a close, it feels right to return to it: to learn more about the determined, resolute character who leapt out at me, demanding to be…

‘Fragments’ (a Poem)

The mask you wore Could no longer conceal The fragments beneath. Fragments Of your essence Remain in my mind In my heart In every joke I want to share And every moment of joy That is muted For your absence. I wonder where you are Where you were And why I never knew (Why no…

Characters Have a Mind of Their Own! Plus: ‘2070’ Continued

Today, I’m reflecting on the strategies I’ve been using to combat writer’s block and continuing my 2070 story. Writers’ block is a difficult thing to overcome, but speaking from my own personal experience of dealing with the beast, I’ve noticed that certain things can be done to alleviate it. My own writers’ block usually arises…

Creative Writing – ‘2070’ (Full Story)

This is the full version of 2070, which I previously published on my blog in two instalments (part one is here and part two is here). I’m posting it here in its entirety for people who would prefer to read it all in one instalment. This story is based on a dream I had last week,…

Creative Writing – ‘2070’ (Part Two)

This is a continuation of my most recent short story, 2070 (part one can be read here). In the previous instalment, Michael had walked to a purpose-built escape unit with his family to escape an imminent volcanic eruption on their island. He and his beloved elderly dog, Murphy, are now in an escape pod, hurtling…