Nollaig na mBan ("noll-ug-na-mon"). 6th January. Little Christmas. Women's Christmas. One of the few Irish festivals I can think of without Celtic origins. Commemorating the last day of the Christmas season, the Epiphany, it's a day for hard-pressed mothers who typically do the lion's share of the domestic duties - even more so in the… Continue reading 6th January 2021
The Books That Made Me
We are made, I think, just as much by our experiences as our DNA. The places you go, the TV you watch, the people you meet and the books you read have just as important an impact on the making of you. March 1996 drew a thick line down my childhood.
Life in a Field: Why we live a little differently and how we make it work.
I live on a bus. I'm still not entirely sure how it happened. It's been difficult - being both a vehicle and a tiny home, a bus comes with its own set of challenges. And it's been liberating - with lower overheads both K and I have been free to change careers and, in my… Continue reading Life in a Field: Why we live a little differently and how we make it work.
Elements of Style
My 2020 Plan has included reading all those helpful books I have acquired but never actually read. I bought a brand new A4 notebook, to put all my notes into, with the idea that this notebook would contain the sum total of all my research on the art of writing. And so that the books… Continue reading Elements of Style
“The Anatomy of Storytelling” Should Be Titled “How to Take Your Lumpy Mashed Potato Mess of A Story and Turn it Into the Classiest Duchess Potatoes You Ever Ate. WITH Nutmeg.”
I recently read The Anatomy of Story, by John Truby and now I understand story more deeply than if I had read for a thousand years. I could never have afforded any kind of college or graduate level course in creative writing. And the few books I bought on the subject were mostly creative writing… Continue reading “The Anatomy of Storytelling” Should Be Titled “How to Take Your Lumpy Mashed Potato Mess of A Story and Turn it Into the Classiest Duchess Potatoes You Ever Ate. WITH Nutmeg.”