You can blame Athena Andreadis – aka @AthenaHelivoy – for this unscheduled blog post. Oh what the hell, nearly all my blog posts are unscheduled! 🙂 But for this one, I’d read a tweet of Athena’s where she had said, in response to another conversation: “English is pitifully sparse in endearments. Most tongues I knowContinue reading “Terms of Endearment”
ETA. 29 Jan – got some hostile feedback indicating I’d glossed over the content of the original tweet. Fair point: have edited the first para to include more detail. ETA. 24 Jan – the invective surrounding Dr Gee from the scientific community has now reached the point of being beyond ridiculous. Since his one commentContinue reading “Dr Henry Gee, Nature Futures Editor”
If I weren’t a writer, I should have been a musician, I think.
Tree is up, presents bought; now all that needs to be done is to shut up shop and head into the night/day. Before I leave you I thought I’d put up a little Christmas story that was published in the Sunday Independent in 2011 for the Hennessy New Irish Writing Award. It being a Christmas-themedContinue reading “A Little Story for Christmas”
It’s that time of year again where it is customary to have a look back. For me today is a good time as I’m at home in our study with the rain hammering down, a roaring fire, Glenn Gould playing Bach’s Concerto in D minor on Spotify, and a mug of tea on my desk.Continue reading “Reflections on 2013”
…inspired by reading a ridiculous article originally posted in Lifehacker and then in Forbes Magazine entitled 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do. Triskadekophobic behaviour is presumably not on the list. What is on the list is the usual bullshit – excuse me, but there is no polite word for it – I’ve made itContinue reading “In Defence of Mental Weakness”
This heading is so important, I need to repeat it. I am good enough. And you are good enough too. And anyone in your life who undermines that belief is someone you need to put space between. Listen: if you seriously want to be a writer, or are pursuing that dream right now, you willContinue reading “I Am Good Enough, And So Are You”
The above is a quote by William Faulkner. It’s very relevant. I have a novel on the theme of the white feather of cowardice coming out next year, so was interested to see the below which a colleague of mine brought to my attention. For those having problems reading the prose, it says: “This traditionalContinue reading ““The Past is Never Dead. It’s Not Even Past””
Greetings everyone! A busy but relaxing week-and-a-bit: hitting the Continent, performing an open-mic night in Paris, signing a rather significant agreement from a writing point of view (more on that in future posts) and gambolling around the Alps:
It is impossible to be Irish and to have any interest in the arts and not talk about Seamus Heaney, who has died today aged 74.