Fire on Stage

What a piece of work is a man! how noble in reason! how infinite in faculty! in form and moving how express and admirable! in action how like an angel! in apprehension how like a god! the beauty of the world! the paragon of animals! -Hamlet, II.ii   Almost two decades ago, my parents took […]

Can I tell you about my week?

Bantry Bay as seen from Bantry House The only genre is quality. -Sarah Davis Goff Bantry Bookshop, 18.7.19 In April 2016 I finished my classroom coursework for a Masters in Creative Writing from University College Cork and began on my first summer in Ireland. Not my first abroad, but that is a story for another […]

“Widely Published”

  Edinburgh, as seen from Arthur’s Seat. June, 2019   There are certain phrases authors use when we’re writing the 100-word biographies that every publisher, regardless of field, seems to ask for. “Widely published” is shorthand, a sign that you’re going to list about three titles that you’ve appeared in, but don’t worry there’s more […]

Do you not know?

That all who run the race run, but only one receives the prize. Run in such a way that you may obtain it. I Cor. 9:24   Today I watched a track meet during my lunch break. Not a real meet. Not a Texas meet with hours of events and a schedule that’s never accurate […]

Theranos and other Lies

    “…the mind trapped in a female body, confined to the realm of appearances, must necessarily atrophy.” Alexander, pp. 40   I came across this quote in my reading today. It is the product of a modern writer’s interpretation of Mary Wollstonecraft’s critique of Rousseau’s plan, or lack thereof, for female education. Jean Jacques […]

50 Million of Anything is Something

Last week, a ticker that I watch count up every day put 7 zeros and a 5 on the board. 50 million trees planted by groups all over the world. The ticker is on the home-screen of Ecosia.org, a search engine that I’ve had installed on my computer since last year. This company devotes the […]

Frankenstein is not my favorite book

Photo taken at Drombeg Stone Circle, Glandore Co. Cork.      Frankenstein is not my favorite book. There is a list of texts: novels, short stories, biographies, poetry, that I turn and return to time and again when I need to leave the world lie for a spell and live on my own. These are […]