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”
Over the last few years I have concluded that there are three different types of Playground Parent.
The first is a Helicopter Parent. A Helicopter Parent can be defined as one who consistently hoovers around their child in an overly protective manner. These parents can be found immediately next-to, in-front of or behind their child. Continue reading “Playground Parents – Which Type Are You?”
I’ve always loved to keep little mementos – anything that helps me to remember something important and special that’s happened in my life.
Even more so since my girls have come along. Now I want to remember everything. Continue reading “Card Keepsake Folders”
The most important thing for me when writing is to create a relatable lead character. It’s what I always look for in the books I read. Plot can only take you so far, it’s the characters who carry you through the story. The key thing to remember when creating interesting and relatable characters is that this does not always mean a likeable character. In fact, I think relatable and likeable can often be found on opposite ends of the personality spectrum. Continue reading “Lead Characters- How I Like Them”
We change a lot when we become a parent, in so many different ways.
These are 9 of the more unexpected ways I’ve changed since becoming a mother:
1. First and foremost I’m happier. I wasn’t unhappy before but since becoming a mother I’ve had an overwhelming sense of complete and utter contentment and that’s pretty incredible. Continue reading “9 Random Ways I’ve Changed Since Becoming a Mother”