Essay – On “Restrained, Elegant Prose”

There’s an old tale often retold in self-help books with Christian roots a la Norman Vincent Peale: an orator recites Psalm 23, “The Lord is my shepherd”, to an audience who listens rapturously to his words and then breaks out into applause when he is finished. After a moment, an old man steps hesitantly upContinue reading “Essay – On “Restrained, Elegant Prose””

To Return to That Daily Mail Article

I’ve had a few responses on twitter and interest about my article in last week’s Daily Mail about being offered a job in 2009 and then abruptly having the offer withdrawn because I failed a psychometric test and was judged too “emotionally unstable” to work there. Something else kept it in my head too – theContinue reading “To Return to That Daily Mail Article”

Speaking out about Stigma – My Article in This Life in the Irish Daily Mail

I have just had a wonderful time at the Author at My Table event, more about which later. But there’s one thing I need to mention really quickly. I wrote an article that got published this weekend in the Daily Mail. The article isn’t important because I wrote it. It’s important because it talks aboutContinue reading “Speaking out about Stigma – My Article in This Life in the Irish Daily Mail”

A Visit to the War Memorial Gardens

A few days back, when the weather was still exceptionally fine, I took a bus to the Phoenix Park and made a day out of walking along the War Memorial Gardens and the Museum of Modern Art further up the bank of the Liffey River. The War Memorial Gardens in Dublin were designed with perfectContinue reading “A Visit to the War Memorial Gardens”

On Passing the New Menin Gate – More World War I Reflections

  Who will remember, passing through this Gate, the unheroic dead who fed the guns? Who shall absolve the foulness of their fate,- Those doomed, conscripted, unvictorious ones? Crudely renewed, the Salient holds its own. Paid are its dim defenders by this pomp; Paid, with a pile of peace-complacent stone, The armies who endured thatContinue reading “On Passing the New Menin Gate – More World War I Reflections”

Stigma and “Cowardice” in World War I and Some Thoughts

Today is Easter, the festival of renewal and hope. The story of the crucifixion and redemption is a powerful one. I hope everyone who celebrates has a good day. I’m continuing to work through the novel, and will be blogging more about some of the historical events that inspired it over the coming months. Editing theContinue reading “Stigma and “Cowardice” in World War I and Some Thoughts”

Five Things for the Editing Process

In the tradition of “five things”, I wanted to note five things that are coming in useful now that the novel is in edit stage proper. 1. Decent Hardware This one I can’t overemphasise. Your editor will probably send you over a MS Word document with annotations in the margin which will appear as comments.Continue reading “Five Things for the Editing Process”