4 Years Since My Mother Died

Four years ago today, my mother died. I think I have probably covered the particulars of that day already within this blog, so I won’t go back over them. A preoccupying thought I have at times, is the wish to go back in time and try to warn her that if she carried on down…

Happy 6th Publication Anniversary to My Short Story

Remember the time when I got a short story published? I don’t ever really like publishing my own stuff – just because I write for pleasure and that is really it. I don’t require feedback on what I write (although I do not discourage it). I think the main thing is, I did it for…

Getting Back Into Things

Firstly, happy New Year! I hope that your 2019 is a good one. Life cannot always provide you with the outcomes that you want or even need, so I wish for you to have the determination to survive the bad and the ability to always notice the good. Now, onto other things. I’ve not taken…

Top 20 Christmas Films

So, the time of Christmas and its hijacked original festival of Yule is upon us once again, so in the spirit of fun and seasonal joy, I thought I shall share a list of my top Christmas films/TV… I know – edge of the seat stuff, right? Scrooged (1988) Arthur Christmas (2011) Home Alone 1…

Children Need Us This Christmas

Christmas time is upon us once again and as it is me, I tend to be reflective. There is a very sad side to Christmas for me – having to deal with the grief of getting to another Christmas without my two eldest daughters. That sadness, but also just being a mother in general means…

October: Infant Loss Awareness Month Begins

Grief is a very peculiar animal. You can go for seemingly endless time periods without it overwhelming you and then it hits you, violently, like a tidal wave. I lost my daughters eleven years ago and there are times I suddenly feel like I have been lifted off my feet by the strength of my…

Ten Years Ago: I Met My Daisy

This time 10 years ago, I was terrified. I’ve been in and witnessed things by that point in my life that had sincerely scared me, but nothing was comparable to this. The possibility of losing a baby. Again. Every move my baby made was just a tiny, quick wearing off injection of reassurance. Every time…

Letting a Character Move In(to your head)

I write, as you know.  For me, I write therefore I am. I write professionally in fits and starts these days, but most of my work is for my own enjoyment. One of the many complicated side effects of being a long-term writer, is living with the characters. I share my head with a varied…

Met Office Announces Storm Names 2018/19

The autumn is upon us and for weather watchers, this doesn’t just mean the cooling temperatures or darkening days but the announcement of this year’s storm names. The Met Office (and Met Éireann) have sent out to email subscribers (of course I am one) it’s list of names. According to the Met Office’s Head of…

Responsibility to History

Last Night whilst I was in bed, I turned on the TV and put on some YouTube videos. I love factual content or something that makes you think, so, for some reason, I was drawn towards a few short fact files on the 11th September attacks. I watched  few and it was only later that…