As mentioned previously on this site an old friend of mine- Stephanie Kinahan passed away as a result of breast cancer recently. Her sister Taryn is going to do a half marathon and I would appreciate it if anyone who come across this site would please visit http://www.gofundme.com/13-Miles-For-Stef and donate. Any amount is fine, even as low as dollar and all the proceeds will go Slane Youth Cafe where Stephanie did tonnes of volunteer work over many years. The run is on in November so you have the full month of October to get a donation in
I started on a whim this week to write a story about a guy in Dublin who doesn’t really like GAA (Gaelic Football & Hurling) during the run up to the All Ireland Final (Which Dublin won!) It is a comedy of sorts but blends in the history of the GAA and Dublin as well as telling about the state of both in the modern world.
I have broken it down into what I think will be 24 Short Sections (of which I have written 6) and hope to have it finished in October sometime. I don’t know if it will be long enough to stand on it’s own for publication or if it will go into the short story collection I am working on as one of the longer stories. I ll keep you updated.
I was at a friends wedding last Saturday with the reception in the reputedly haunted Kinnity Castle (Haunted Houses becoming a theme in September this year!) Sadly I have nothing to report of a paranormal bent but I did see a lot of white faced people on the Sunday morning. It was a great day and it had me looking forward to my own wedding in only 13 or 14 weeks now. I wish Aoife and Brian the very best as a married couple.
My free books this last couple of weeks are trickling out nicely, thank you if you have downloaded a copy and if you haven’t you still can until the first weekend in October.
Michelin got a nice review from one of the people who won a copy on the Goodreads Giveaway so I think the giveaway was a success based on that alone.
I’m still reading ‘Independence Day’ by Richard Ford but it has been slow going due to my tiredness in the last few weeks. I’m starting to pick up though and read it at a rate it deserves
One or other of my books will be free for kindle and kindle app users from September 18th – October 6th so if at any point in that period you feel like a free ebook you know where you can get one. ‘The Brave Festival’ is Free from tomorrow for 5 days followed by ‘The Great Brutality’ for 5 days, then ‘The Case for Skeletons’ for 5 days and finally my latest (and best so far) ‘Michelin’ will be free for 3 days.
I finished ‘The Corrections’ by Jonathan Franzen at the start of my holiday and though I really enjoyed it I was not as blown away as I thought I was going to be, but then what book could live up to a decade of hype and still amaze? I started Richard Ford’s ‘Independence Day’ and I remember the writing style from ‘The Sportswriter’ and I feel that this will be as good as that book was.
I read this morning that the ‘Davey Byrne’s Short Story award will be back in 2014 with a €15,000 prize. The entries have to be in for February 2014 so I am going to spend this week trying to come up with a new idea for a story and then get cracking on it next week. I have no illusions that I might be able to win but these things can really improve your writing and get some great ideas for future stuff as well, plus you get the added bonus to be able to dream that you might win.
I am just back from a lovely week in Wexford. We rented a house in Rosselare Strand- which apparently is the setting for John Banville’s ‘The Sea.’ The weather was good and we travelled throughout Wexford and Waterford each day.
The highlights down there are the lighthouse at Hook Head and the newly opened to the public Loftus Hall. This is a famous haunted house in Ireland where the Devil himself is said to have made an appearance in the 1700s or 1800s. There is a great tour through the rooms and it is well worth a visit.
Another true gem of Wexford is the beautiful Johnstown Castle. The building is spectacular and the grounds are amazing with a beautiful lake walk. It is only ten minutes from Wexford town so if you are down that way give it look.
Travelling with a four month old is not as difficult as I would have thought but there were a few times when Harrison had had enough of the car and the seat he was in. He was just getting over an illness he had the week before as well so I think he did brilliantly overall. We got some great photo’s of our first family holiday and we will never forget it. It was a lovely, lovely week away.
Finally I have reached the 1,000 mark for sales and downloads of my books! I am delighted with this and now I have to aim for 2,000. Hopefully this wont take the 17 months the first thousand did!
The Kindle version of ‘Michelin’ will be free this weekend on all Amazon sites, please download a copy and see what you think! You don’t have to have a Kindle to read it, you can download the Kindle App to your phone, PC or Tablet and read it from there. The five free copies of the paperback were sent out the other day and hopefully will yield a couple of reviews in the next while.