Archive | May, 2012

Nature Revisited

29 May

(Image via here)

So we’ve had beautiful sunny weather in Ireland for five days straight now…and everyone has abandoned the normal running of things!! Sunny weather seems to turn us Irish into happy, positive, optimistic folk, the heat and brightness ridding us of dreary pessimism until the last drop of sun disappears from the (is that a blue?) sky.

So I decided to fully embrace the ‘good weather’ and took  off on a road trip to the south coast of Ireland with my mum and my sister. We had a picnic  on the beach, which I don’t think I’ve done in Ireland since I was a child – flasks of tea, sandwiches and sunscreen. Despite the wind, we stuck it out and bravely managed to get knee-deep into the trashing Irish Atlantic Sea. I also saw some of the most stunning Irish coast line along the Copper Coast Geo-park and stood on the breath-taking Kilfarrasy Beach (some fab photos here from an Irish photographer Noel Browne). Ireland, I thought, really is absolutely stunning. In fact, the world is a stunning place, so full and beauty and draw-dropping sights that it really does put life and things in perspective.

Back to reality today (although it is still sunny) I kind of feel like I have gone back in time slightly over the past 4 days. Seeking out the simple pleasures of feet in sand on a beach, feeling the salty fresh air blow i n my face from a cliff-top over the wild sea below have reminded me of two things — the crazy stressful life I lived up until late last year and how it is so easy to forget to ‘stop and smell the roses’.

Holidays are something that have been completely missing from my life for 4 years — I was a wound up worry-merchant, fretting constantly about the stresses of life and where I fitted into things on a grand scale. I didn’t know how to relax, to unwind and although I still struggle with those things, I have started to become much better at it in 2012  and this past weekend has solidified how important it is it ‘switch off’, have a giggle and take time out to savor the world around you.

Maybe the sun has gone to my head– but despite all the things that are wrong, the sliver of happiness inside seems to be finally losing some of its shyness. And thanks to the Waterford coast and its stunning natural beauty for that.

Maybe things will be ok?

NMG.C

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Tell Me About Yourself Award, Yahey!!

22 May

Last week, mid my worst writing week ever, the lovely MsKatyKins  nominated me for the ‘Tell me about Yourself  Award’. Now, MsKatyKins knows a thing or two about writing and not just one genre at that, she’s the type of lady who has cast a wide net over the sea of creative writing from the Scottish Outer Hebrides. I like this girls style!

When I started my blog in January 2012, I had no idea what to expect, no idea if anyone would read what I wrote or even be able to find it. Would I just be talking (and writing) into a room full of people who were also all talking (and writing)?

By my experience has been so different – I’ve found bloggers who have inspired me, bloggers who offered carefully thought out words of advise and words of encouragement. I like it here guys!!!

Thanks to everyone who has read my blogs are here are five things about me, followed by the five bloggers I would like to get to know better.

5 things about me:

1. I spent almost 4 years living in New York City and I still miss it terribly. It was a long time ago but I felt such an affinity with the place, that  I really hope some day I will be able to live there again.

2. My biggest food weakness is cheese. At one point I thought I was addicted and now have a self-imposed ban on myself with regards allowing it into my fridge. I cannot stop eating it once I start. My favorite is the unpasteurized French Camembert from Normandy. YUM!

3. I am hoping to start a Masters in Psychology next year, finances permitting.

4. I was once fluent in French and although I can still speak it now, I long for the days when I used to dream in the language.

5. I eat my ice-cream with a fork.

Bloggers I’d like to to get to know better:

Rocking Closet  – I love this lady’s ‘Song of the Day posts’, where she collates cool fashion pieces inspired from songs. I love her taste in music too!

Jilanne Hoffman – Jilanne has given me some very sound advice on approaches to the editing phase of my book – she knows her stuff!

Aphotic Ink – A very busy blogger who still finds time to write interesting (and very witty) posts about writing, books, movies and owww, ghosts!!

Rediscovering a Stolen Soul – I nominated this blogger before but I am inspired to nominate her again as I think she is as brave and honest that any person should aspire to be. Please check out her blog.

I only have 4 – I hope that’s not cheating!

Thanks again to MsKatyKins for the nomination and happy blogging 🙂

NMG.C

This week’s inspiration source….

22 May

This was the only book my small local bookstore had and despite my hesitation bringing it home because it’s about Screen-writing, I have not put it down all week. So glad I found this!

Robert McKee – Story

Book Cover image via Amazon

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