My Bags Are Packed…

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For those of you living in Ireland, or planning a trip there, this is a great list…”Ten must see bookstores in Dublin.” –Enjoy

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I am about to embark on my latest adventure, a much anticipated trip to the capital of Ireland–Dublin.

My bags are packed and I have my list of …“Ten must see bookstores in Dublin.”

Books Upstairs
Located near Trinity College, this small bookshop has a lovely selection in a wide range of topics. Founded in 1978, this shop has an excellent staff and commitment to good books.
36 College Green Dublin 2

The largest independent bookstore in Dublin, you can find just about anything here, from new to used. At 30 years old, they certainly know their way around books! Here you’ll also find the Lighthouse Cinema Book club, and can rent the self-guided audio walking James Joyce ‘Dubliners’ Tour.
1 Ivy Exchange,
Parnell Street, Dublin D1

De Búrca Rare Books
Over 20,000 rare books are located in this posh antiquarian bookshop.
51a Dawson St

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My Irish Film Festival…

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I’ve shared this clip in the past, but I thought it was worth sharing again–Thanks Kenna

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As I prepare for my trip to Dublin this month I spent the weekend watching some of my favorite Irish films. (No–I didn’t watch The Quiet Man, although it is a charming little film). A good film has a way of inspiring me.

Here is a list of some of my favorite Irish films (what is your favorite Irish film?), and a clip from “The Wind That Shakes the Barley” –enjoy!

  • The Commitments
  • In the Name of the Father
  • Michael Collins
  • Intermission
  • Once
  • Perrier’s Bounty
  • Some Mother’s Son
  • The Field
  • Ondine
  • The Wind That Shakes the Barley

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Write what you know, but don’t stop there!

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Excellent post…check it out!

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“Write what you know.” I have heard that phrase several times this week. The simple sentence confines my imagination and the imagination of the reader in my opinion. I write fiction filled with the unknown, laced with some semblance of truth—my truth. In that sense I write what I know, but I don’t stop there.

I have always loved to research topics, any topic. My parent’s claim that my first word was why and I have been asking why, ever since. This element of my personality makes me a great researcher. If I don’t know about a topic you can be sure I am going to find out every detail before I write about it.

Currently, we have the world readily available—literally. I jump on the internet and type in any subject I want to explore and shazam, there it is. (This is where I will interject the disclaimer.) Don’t…

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It’s stuck in my head, and I can’t get it out!

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I thought this was a great post and wanted to share it with my followers. I highly recommend you check out Kenna’s website. She is a star in the making!! –Enjoy

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I have read varying opinions on writers block and how to solve the problem. Do writing exercises, lots of them. Go for a walk, don’t go for a walk, just keep writing (burying her face in her hands this writer stops to sigh). Is this making you as anxious as it is making me? Meanwhile, I am still staring at my computer screen until I throw up my hands and go do the laundry. It’s there; I know it is! I have an idea, and I understand the story I want to write, but it’s stuck in my head and I can’t get it out—what do I do?

Here is my suggestion… If the story, scene, or blog post isn’t developing like you want it to, maybe it doesn’t want to be told! In that case, it is time to shift gears.

I remember when I first developed my idea…

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day…

In celebration of my Irish heritage I want to share a clip from one of my favorite Irish films “The Wind that Shakes the Barley”–Enjoy!

May your life be filled with moments that inspire you!

March Mysteries & Thrillers…

March Madness is here!! (and I am not referring to basketball)–I am referring to books.

Here are a few of my March mystery suggestions.

  1. Breaking Point, by C. J. Box
  2. Six Years, by Harlan Coben
  3. The Obituary Writer: A Novel, by Ann Hood
  4. Murder Below Montparnasse, by Cara Black
  5. Bay of Fires: A Novel, by Poppy Gee
  6. The Accursed, by Joyce Carol Oates
  7. Golden Egg, by Donna Leon
  8. A Dying Fall: A Ruth Galloway Mystery, by Elly Griffiths
  9. Donnybrook: A Novel, by Frank Bill
  10. The Andalucian Friend: A Novel, by Alexander Soderberg

Breaking PointSix YearsObituary WriterMurder BelowBay of FiresGolden Egg

May your life be filled with moments that inspire you!

Poetry to Inspire…

I recently discover the “Wild Irish Poet” and wanted to share the beauty of his poetry on this lazy Sunday morning.

Take time to enjoy the beauty around you, and may your life be filled with moments that inspire you!

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