Self-soothing – the term that, when I first became a mother, caused my core body temperature to increase by a minimum of 2 degrees Celsius, evident by the cold sweat seeping through my pores. Continue reading “Self-Soothing – You don’t always have to follow the baby books”
Having children, especially small children, can often mean missing out on things – all those birthdays, hen parties, weddings, functions and events – even a blog awards ceremony – that have the audacity to occur when you’re caught up in life with a baby. This has happened me, these last few years, more times that I can count. You name it, I’ve probably missed it but that’s just a part of motherhood – especially with little ones who have an affinity for boob-on-draught and limited childcare options. It was just an aspect of motherhood that I had to adjust to and in that adjustment I have developed a number of coping mechanisms to help me deal with the inevitable cases of FOMO – Fear Of Missing Out.
I was sent a copy of December Girl for an honest review. I also purchased the e-book version for kindle. All thoughts and opinions are – and always will be – my own.
Molly Thomas is a feisty, independent soul, born on the Winter Solstice. At every stage of her life, she has faced troubles.
As a young woman, her family are evicted from their home at Christmas. Molly swears vengeance on the jealous neighbour and land agent responsible, Flann Montgomery.
Then in 1896, her baby son is taken from his pram. While Molly searches the streets for little Oliver, the police are called but her baby is gone.
Why does trouble seem to follow Molly? And will she ever find out what happened to her child?
December Girl is a tale of family bonds, love, revenge and murder. Continue reading “Book Review: December Girl by Nicola Cassidy”
Every year the count down begins and you plan all the changes you’re going to make in the new year – well that’s what I did, at least. A list of everything I’d change about myself – how I could make myself better. Continue reading “New Year, New You – No More”
Earlier this year when I got a notion to learn more than just my cúpla focal and was subsequently inspired to write some poetry as Gaeilge after a trip to an Daingean – which you can read about here – I did a lot of googling for information on opportunities to learn more of our native tongue. Continue reading “Free Irish Language Support Pack for Your Pre-Schooler”
Almost everything in life is a learning experience and NaNoWriMo has been just that. This year I have learned a lot undertaking the challenge of writing a 50,000 word first draft of a brand-new novel in 30 days.
Here are 5 things that I’ve learned thanks to NaNoWriMo 2017: Continue reading “What I’ve Learned from NaNoWriMo 2017”
I shouldn’t be doing this – writing a blog post, that is – I should be ramping up my floundering word count for this year’s NaNoWriMo attempt.
In case you don’t know NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month and it’s a challenge for writers to get an entire first draft of a new novel complete, up to 50,000 words, in one month – November. Continue reading “NaNoWriMo and Me”
Last week saw the first every Words by Water Kinsale Literary Festival held in, the beautiful town of, Kinsale. The festival lasted from Thursday to Sunday and featured many talented writers from Tara Flynn, Sarah Moore Fitzgerald, Paul Howard and many, many more.
There were workshops and readings galore and I was thrilled to attend both Sarah Moore Fitzgerald’s workshop and reading. Continue reading “Words by Water Kinsale Literary Festival 2017”
The V by Very blog awards Ireland 2017 were held this week and I am so happy that The M Word won The Best Parenting blog in the commercial category. Congratulations to Maia, all the fantastic writers and everyone involved in making the site a success. Continue reading “A Thank You to The M Word”
This summer I had a notion to learn more than just the cúpla focal I managed to retain from my school days but I wasn’t quite sure how to go about it – I do often wonder how I know so little after so many years. Queue a trip to Dingle An Daingean, a spin around The Wild Atlantic Way, being completely transfixed by the Blasket Islands and I was inspired – poetry! Continue reading “Learning a Language using Poetry”