Wednesday, December 28, 2011

How's your Xmas Spirits?

I usually never get in the spirit of Xmas but I do try to enjoy Xmas Spirits! (hic)
More seriously I found Xmas over-rated and mostly disappointing.
Maybe because T.V served us with fantastic visions of how xmas should be (large number of cheerful people, large number of gifts, large number of food served and this is not largely the case for most people)
Anyway, they do try to cheer us up though with Xmas movies.

Showed on my little screen in Ireland and over the last 5 days, here is what we got:

Hook. 1991
Which I simply love. Ah to see Robin William in tights!
Miracle on the 34th street. 1994
Not for me but a classic. 
Jack Frost.  1998
Kind of sad and not in my top list but it was just on again two days ago so the T.V producers must think it must be a must for Xmas. ( And yes, i am aware that there are 3 musts in that sentence!) 
The Muppet Christmas Carol - 1992 
Recorded it last year. It only took me a year to view it. 
Annie. 1982.
 Never actually see this movie. 
Elf. 2003
Home alone 1 and 2. 1990-1992.
Classic. Watched it when I was kid. Saw it again recently. Did you notice that Kevin, in home alone, screams as he puts some aftershave on! I mean why? He is not even shaving! ;-)
Tchaikovsky's ballet which was quite interesting to watch.
Charlotte's web. 2006.
Never seen the movie or read the book.
Love Actually 2003.
A surprisingly good movie knowing how impressive was the cast in it. (which is usually not a good thing cuz it means the plot is bound to be terrible)

So out of this list, I'd choose Hook and Love Actually. 
What's your favourite movie? Something in this list? Out of this list?

Thursday, December 22, 2011

"4 Gotthem Place" Thirst DAYS Tease

First I wanted to thank David, Leigh, Stacey, Maire, JOD and Crystal for their comments on the previous blogfest wrap it up post.

To answer all questions, "4 Gotthem Place" will be self published and RELEASED somewhere in the beginning of 2012. Let's say end of February 2012 if I can find an illustrator for the cover page!!!

If you are an amateur or professional illustrator, young or old, famous or unfamous, step THIS WAY please. ;-) Your name and glory on this e-book and My gratitude for eternity. ;-)

More seriously, I wish I had gone through the journey of traditional publishing but it doesn't look this way.

I don't know what the future holds for me but I will try it.

So if you are:
  • a big Kig or
  • a small Kid or
  • a big Kid with small Kids (your parents) or
  • A small Kid (inside) with big kids or
  • a Big Kid who knows another Big Kid who have small Kids (very confusing I know. Anyway you get the idea)

THEN please spread the word.

I think I'd like to give more of a feel of "4 Gotthem Place". And from now on til the 28st of February 2012 (let's hope it will be ready then), on EVERY THURSDAY, there 'll be a THIRST DAY:

A day where my thirst of telling you about "4 Gotthem Place" will match (hopefully) your thirst of knowing about "4 Gotthem Place".

And if you know you got what it takes to cover this short Contemporary Fantasy e-book, by all means, send me your work.
I would love to talk about it with you.

And Of Course, Happy Christmas All!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Poem to all Writers/Bloggers out there

For Xmas, here is a poem 
To All Aspiring, Confirmed and Doubtful Writers/Bloggers out there.

You stand tall
and yet
there's another you
next to you
watching you
reading you
being proud of
your own master.

Your dream come true
far away?
But our fellowship
close to you
in mind.
It isn't easy.
But it's a fabulous journey.

Welcome and own your words.
Welcome to our world.

Before blogging existed, there was still exchange.
Just Not as Fast.
This picture .Mapping the Republic of Letters is also and incidentally a fascinating project by a team of students and professors at Stanford, visualizing the famous intellectual correspondence of the Age of Enlightenment.
The Age of Enlightenment (or simply the Enlightenment or Age of Reason) was an elite cultural movement of intellectuals in 18th century Europe, that sought to mobilize the power of reason, in order to reform society and advance knowledge.
 It promoted science and intellectual interchange and opposed superstition[1], intolerance and abuses in church and state.
This was a time of great network between writers, scholars, philosophers and other thinkers at the time like Voltaire, Leibniz, Rousseau, Linnaeus, Franklin, Newton, Diderot.

The project pulls data from the Electronic Enlightenment database, an archive of more than 55,000 letters and documents exchanged between 6,400 correspondents, mapping 
the geographic origin and destination of the correspondence —
You can see how the letters traveled, and how the network evolved over time —

Here is the article:

Also Fitting Magpie's exercise # 96 :

Friday, December 16, 2011

"Wrap it up" Blogfest

This blogfest is courtesy of 3 dedicated bloggers Jennie, David and Leigh. Thanks for this opportunity.

Write a piece of flash fiction, poem, or song (300 words or less) for someone you know (real or imaginary). It may be in any genre, but it must have a holiday theme (real or fictional).
I thought about it.
I decided to write to all the people that I don't know. Kids especially . Holiday is about fun and this story was fun to write and hopefully will be fun to read.
This is a kind of history behind the children's story I wrote called "4 GOTTHEM PLACE"

So to all small and big Kids,

If ever there was a holiday in the Kingdom of "4 Gotthem Place", it was the 1st January of each year, the 1st February and every 1st day of every month. It lasted a whole month and all year around which meant the people of 4 Gotthem Place were on holidays all the time.

In "4 Gotthem Place", it wasn't called a Holiday, it was called a "Jolly Day" but because of the history of the Kingdom, it became "Folly Day" and soon turned into a different scheme entirely.

Before the Subjects of his Majesty had noticed a connection between their world and ours, the great team of paper-pushers (the equivalent of our officers and administrators) that run the Kingdom had been asked many times over by the population to provide a day of relief, heck, a lot of days of relief throughout of the year.
But the people of "4 Gotthem Place" also called as the “Gothoplacians” were a small community and they travelled quite extensively.

Giving a holiday of let's say 60 days to each and every one of them would bring their little State to a stop and the paper-pushers reckoned it was all too complicated to keep up with whom-had-taken-what-day so they came to the natural conclusion that there should be no holiday.

This brought chaos to "4 Gotthem Place" and everybody stopped working all together.
It became known amongst the paper-pushers as the "Folly Day".

The paper-pushers grew very worried for the state of their State and they consulted their King, Shames Shim Shirikawa in the Light who, as we all know, couldn't give a toss about anything (Ah! Yes actually you might not all know. Well, for the people who you haven't read the story of "4 Gotthem Place" yet....err... that's not my problem.... Just try to keep up for Pete's sake!)

Anyway, the paper-pushers returned to their desks and thought long and hard about their problem.
In the end, they called for a meeting and declared to all respected “Gothoplacians” that everyday should be a "Jolly Day".

All “Gothoplacians” were ecstatic with joy. They cheered and celebrated for a week and eventually returned to work.
And therefore since this day, everybody is on "Jolly day" but everybody works.

A smart move from the paper-pushers who knew this would happen because ….actually I can’t tell you why, you’ll just have to read "4 Gotthem Place".

It will be out as an e-book in February 2012 on Amazon and Kobo for the likely and modest sum of "£%$£!% or somewhere around that price ;-)! I can't really tell the price yet!

I'm actually over the limit with this requirement but hey, it's Xmas! We, writers are entitled to be generous too with our words.

If you feel like reading other of my stories for free, check my Publications page:

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Saturday Night in Temple Bar

This is my true recount of a Saturday Night in Temple Bar in the form of this "poem-ish":

Guitar playing
Musicians smiling

Police Handcuffing
Drunk men staggering
On-lookers looking

Three girls licking
an ice cream leaking.

A kid slurping
a greasy pizza sliding.

Teenage girls crying
over heartbreaking.

Leprechaun asking
for money lunching.

Indie band resting
on a break deserving.

Asiatic man acting
in Chinese costume dressing
Sign 15 euro menu selling

Artist locking
his bike but his art staying

Music blaring
from pubs crowd laughing

Tourists staring
Everything happening

in fifteen minutes passing
and I am taking
my time

I am not trying to sell You Dublin.
It's selling itself pretty easily.
In a good/bad (depending how you view it) but truthfully anyway.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

A new way to locate agents?

I noticed I have yet a new follower on my blog " Michael Waynes" (yeepee and welcome to you, Michael!)
I did check if he had a blog but couldn't see one...
Yet through him, I checked his list of followed blogs and found one blog called "Still and quiet madness" by Anita Grace Howard which intrigued me.
(See the importance of a good title for a blog and how one thing leads to another)

On her website, she mentioned a new website called QT (The Query Tracker) which basically helps authors querying their works to agents.

The QT has grown to be one of the most extensive online data bases for aspiring authors, boasting statistical information for 1,253 literary agents and 131 publishers. To date, there are 681 success stories born of the some 47,530 QT members.
The most important service QT provides is the community fellowship.
The second most interesting asset to this database is that The Query Tracker database has information on every statistic a writer could imagine on the tab "Reports and Statistics" such as:
  1. Which agent had the highest request rates?
  2. How many days until my own request should come in(ever the optimistic one)?
  3. How many lucky writers signed?
  4. How many unhappy writers marked their own queries as a "no response"?
Last but not least about QT is it's completely free to join and get access to the agent/publisher info, threads, etc... BUT, a $25/yr premium membership opens a whole new world of features. Click here to check out that list.
Of course, if you don't feel up to it just yet, the QT has a blog which is quite interesting too:

Here was one interesting article about what you should know about Literary Agents:

I wonder if this is the new way to query agents or to get a true insight about their world.  Those stats would quite help in an industry where silence is often the only answer you get out of an agent.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

The colour of mind - Issue 4 - First Cut Magazine-

I had a nice surprise two days ago.
I discovered that the First Cut magazine had published one of my short stories. (ukelele dance) I could barely remember what I submitted to them, never mind when.
I looked back on the records that I kept.
One must try to be organised about these things.
13th of July 2011.
Just under 5 months.
I could have won the lotto, be run over by a car. Actually I did. But that's another story.
No big deal. I am still here.
Anyway  I am pleased and I am sharing it with you.

The colour of mind

It is one of those slow motion moments. His silky gray suit ripples through his athletic body. His jacket cut his slim shoulders to perfection.
Tall and trim, with long gray hair lend him the look of a distinguished bank manager. When he crosses the street, he moves with such natural grace that three women look at him bewitched; So deeply hypnotised that they froze.
He gives them a glance aware of their intense gaze on him and the corner of his lips thins out.
Still unable to move, the three women located at three different points of the street, follow his trajectory.
He doesn’t walk. He sways; with lust and nonchalance like a tango dancer. They are now officially staring.
He arrives safely on the other side of the street.
To those three, he is sophistication made man.  His expressive face gleams with intelligence and his well-cut suit shows how successful he is.
But if they could read his thoughts the same way they could read a weather report, they would know a huge storm was on its way. It is coming over him as clearly as the rain falls over the city and there would be no escaping it.
He looks at them. They are fine ladies. He can categorise them and even read their mind. That's what he's good at. 
Always been good at. 
Of course that's not his specialty. His specialty is to read the minds of business men. He can sail upon their minds and predict any turns, any twists, any directions they'll take.  But the mind of his parents that’s a different cruise. A bruise cruise.
He has come to accept who he is. 
No therapy, no religion, no exorcism will change how he feels now.
However, that doesn’t stop the queasiness. With an apprehensive hand, he adjusts his silver-framed glasses.
He takes a deep breath and with an abruptness that startles the nearby pedestrians, his flat-heeled shoes stomp loudly on the pavement. He suddenly looks at the three women and under their scrutiny, he pops a mint into his mouth and snaps his jaws shut like a shark. He snorts.
They blink, waking up from a dream. He can see the disappointment is clearly visible on their face.
He knows.
The product isn’t as good as it looks, they think. Yes, and they are right.
He’s on for a show. He knows he must carry this dark attitude on the outside, but inside, there is a light which can’t be brought to the surface.
That light has given him the ability to read minds and it's also his curse. Between darkness and lightness, he would choose gayness.   
If he could choose, that is.
But gayness is not a suit you can wear in financial circles.
So he wears gray instead.  
The colour of his mind. The colour of his suit.
The first cut is an online journal based in Ireland which welcomes submissions from anywhere in the world. 
It is modeled on the better aspects of a writer's group - friendship, encouragement and criticism that is genuinely constructive. It is published bi-monthly but the comment section is open to subscribers on a rolling basis.
Submission is by e-mail to and the journal can be browsed at: 

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

eBook & Book "Campaigner Challenges 2011

She's done it. Katharina Gerlach has put together the 176 stories from 81 participants and turned it into an eBook "Campaigner Challenges 2011" and a book.

The idea was born at the end of the "Built your platform campaign" blogfest organised by Rachael Harrie.
Katharina, a participant of the Blogfest wanted to raise funds for the Harry's case brain tumour campaign and offered for all participants a chance for their story to appear in an Anthology for a good cause. Details on this website:

Many of  us were willing to contribute their stories.
Now, to make this a financial success too, for Harry's sake, she set the price at 2.99USD which gives reasonable royalties.
The eBook is available on Smashwords and Amazon:
The Book is also now available on Amazon

B&N will take longer because Katharina had to go though Smashword's distribution
channel (B&N doesn't take books from people outside the US).  For the
link, please check her advertising post (going up Monday) on my homepage
( some time in December.

A big thank you to all contributors and Katharina who did this Anthology,

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Week 5- I Love Dark YA Blogfest

Conclusion at last!
Funnily enough, I didn't think I was going to be able to follow up with the 5 weeks requirements...and although a bit late at times, I did...

November 30th:
Waiting on Wednesday—What dark YA book are you most looking forward to?

Until last week I wouldn't have been able to answer this question, but now I do...
There are quite a few books I'd like to read now and in no particular order, I'd like to read the following:

Become - By Ali Cross ( Damn Shell Flower for getting that giveaway! ;-))
Name of the protagonist: Desolation Black! I mean what a name! Loving it.

Blurb: Sixteen-year old Desolation Black wants nothing more than to stay in Hell where it’s cold and lonely and totally predictable. Instead, she’s sent back to Earth where she must face the evil she despises and the good she always feared.

The Carrier of the Mark - By Leigh Fallon.
I love the idea of two people being bound to each other yet tearing each other apart. There is nothing more perverted and twisted than the way we work as human beings.
Blurb: When Megan Rosenberg moves to Ireland, (I mean Ireland!! Yeaaah)  she finds herself inexplicably drawn to gorgeous, mysterious Adam. Adam is cold and aloof at first, but when Megan finally breaks down the icy barrier between them, she is amazed by the intensity of their connection...

Sweet Evil - Wendy Higgins.
Not sure about the storyline so you will have to wait that her book is out by 1st of May 212 to find out. 

Beneath the Oak Tree - by E.R King. Book One of the Sun Stones Series. 
She is still working on it but I'd like to read it.

I'd like to think that her cover would look something like that...I hope she won't mind that I imagined how her cover would look like.
Blurb: Souls Nathaniel and Rebecca just wanted to be together, that's why they swore love oaths before becoming mortals. But eighteen earthly years later, nothing has gone according to plan.


Erth One - By Sher A Hart.

Although the overall premise of her story seems a bit complicated, I like very very much the idea  of a Planet with a Conscience.
Blurb: If you were a conscious planet with mental powers embedded in crystal, how would you communicate with those tiny creatures living on your surface?  
It is called "Erth One". The author Sher A. Hart is looking for 12 years old to read and comment on her second installment, Erth Two.

Last but not least and for a much younger audience,
Candle Dark - by Carole Anne Carr.
Blurb: Joshua is nearly eleven and he’s worked down the Blists Hill coal pit since he was seven and a bit. He hates it down there. He hates working in the dark, he hates the rats and the stink of the tunnels, and he especially hates it when the mine is suddenly flooded and his wet boots rubs his feet raw...
Thin Time another book by the same author seems equally interesting.
Besides her blog is lovely:

Also I am quite curious about the Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. There's been a huge buzz around this trilogy.
But I believe it has received enough attention and I would rather focus on a book which has been less advertised and is equally interesting.

Oh yeah and if any of the above writers feel in a generous mood, by all  means do give away your book to me! ;-) What about you, do any of those books tickle your fancy?

Friday, December 2, 2011

First Issue of the Weary Blues

Ahem, fame at last, as Martin A Egan said.

Here is a copy of the first Issue of the Weary Blues and I'm lucky enough to be in it. ( a very short poem)

I feel like singing the ABBA song thanks for " Taking a chance  on me"! To thank them I am promoting their magazine.

With Katie Ahern, Editor, Short Fiction, Nora Duggan Editor, Visual Art & Photography, and James O'Sullivan, Founder, they are The Weary Blues.

I know it sounds like an advertising for the A-Team. in a way it is.
Those three guys sounds like soldiers of fortune.
It is a rather commendable thing to create a magazine on a voluntary basis.

James O'Sullivan founded The Weary Blues in November 2011 in an effort to increase the dissemination of original creative literature and art. More information on James can be sought at

They are also looking for Submissions for 2012!!
Poems, visual arts, photography and short fictions, so you know what to do!