My writing, Reading and Books, Writing

May/June Update -Breaks and Pauses

...And the blackbird's tune, And May, and June!                               - De Gustibus, Robert Browning I've added a lot of tags to this post; my four weeks away from writing and blogging generated quite a few thoughts and ideas, as well as… Continue reading May/June Update -Breaks and Pauses

Folklore and History, Writing

Imbolc in Literature – the Stirring of New Life, but Pregnant with Meaning

Blessed Imbolc! The ancient Gaelic celebration of Imbolc, or its Christian equivalent Candlemas, is observed today (the date moves around, but it's usually on the 1st or 2nd February), halfway between the winter solstice and the spring equinox.  Imbolc heralds the start of Spring, and for (Irish) Christians it marks the feast day of St… Continue reading Imbolc in Literature – the Stirring of New Life, but Pregnant with Meaning

And The Buntings Flew, My writing, Writing

My Research Trip to Belfast for “And The Buntings Flew”

I've just returned from a  three-day break to Northern Ireland; the trip was definitely a mix of pleasure and writing research - the first thing I did after checking in at the wonderful Europa Hotel (the most bombed hotel in Europe) was to head for the Belfast Central Library Newspaper archive. And The Buntings Flew, the… Continue reading My Research Trip to Belfast for “And The Buntings Flew”

Writing

My New Flash Fiction site – Strippedlit500.com

My day job has just got a lot busier; I'm involved in business readiness for a large transformation IT project at work for the next few months. So what do I do? I create a new writing website! My timing seems atrocious, but I think under the surface I am becoming more confident in my… Continue reading My New Flash Fiction site – Strippedlit500.com

"Banshee" by W.H. Brooke - http://www.archive.org/details/fairylegendstrad00crokrich. Licensed under Public Domain via Commons - https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Banshee.jpg#/media/File:Banshee.jpg
And The Buntings Flew, My writing, Writing, Writing Tools

Banshees, Birds and Synchronicity in the Creative Process

I try to ensure I always have the means of making a note close to hand; Evernote on my phone and tablet, a notebook and pen in my bag, a voice record option on my phone. Post-it note pads everywhere. You never know when a great idea will spring to mind! But sometimes circumstances prevent me… Continue reading Banshees, Birds and Synchronicity in the Creative Process

Detail from the author's bookcase
And The Buntings Flew, Reading and Books

What I Read in 2015 and My 2016 Reading Challenge

Firstly, I'd like to belatedly wish my readers and fellow bloggers a very happy, healthy, successful and productive New Year! I read a great post today by Donna at a little bird tweets about reading lists for this year and last; I decided that I need a similar challenge for 2016, so here's my list of what I did… Continue reading What I Read in 2015 and My 2016 Reading Challenge

2015 Writing Review: margaretmcgoverne.com
And The Buntings Flew, Publishing and Self Publishing, Reading and Books, Writing

My 2015 Writing Review (and plans for 2016!)

When I was younger, I heartily disliked New Year's Eve; for my mother, it was a time of looking back and rehashing old tragedies, old regrets. She cried without fail, and to younger me this was painful and put a real pall over the end of the year. But I've learned that like Janus, the Roman… Continue reading My 2015 Writing Review (and plans for 2016!)

Things growing in my garden
And The Buntings Flew, Writing, Writing Tools

Sowing the Seeds: What Being a Gardener Has Taught Me About Writing

"Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant. (Robert Louis Stevenson)   It's not an original idea,  just a homely little blog post, but I keep thinking about how becoming a gardener who can actually grow things is a useful metaphor for how I'm becoming a writer who… Continue reading Sowing the Seeds: What Being a Gardener Has Taught Me About Writing

And The Buntings Flew, Writing, Writing Tools

25,000 words…

"When I write a novel I'm writing about my own life; I'm writing a biography almost, always. And to make it look like a novel I either have a murder or a death at the end" (Beryl Bainbridge) That's it, I've clocked up 25,900 words as at the end of last night, which is just… Continue reading 25,000 words…

And The Buntings Flew, Reading and Books

Novels That Explore Growing Up in Northern Ireland During The Troubles

I'm currently writing up chapter six of my novel, And The Buntings Flew, and its taking a long time; too long. I plan to end the chapter with the first major plot development, but I'm stuck on a descriptive section; something about what I was writing was bothering me, making progress slow. I've had to undertake quite a bit of research for this chapter, including remapping… Continue reading Novels That Explore Growing Up in Northern Ireland During The Troubles