I was delighted to receive a gift of Donal Ryan’s collection of short stories A Slanting of the Sun as it was definitely on my to-buy list. I’d loved The Spinning Heart and have read it a couple of times. I had commented in my review of Around the Farm Gate that I particularly liked [...]
It’s a year ago today (it was a Friday lunchtime) when 1000 copies of Would You Marry A Farmer? arrived to my hallway and piled up there in brown boxes. The smell of new paper filled the hall and landing for the first few days until we got used to it. ?I wasn’t too worried about selling the first thousand, I knew that 235 were going to my crowdfunding pledgers and I hoped to sell 500 in total by Christmas, [...]
I read The Spinning Heart by Donal Ryan back in March and I couldn’t put it down. I loved every word and its depiction of Ireland at a certain period in the 21st century. I started The Thing About December?too but didn’t get into it at the time. Having been asked to talk at Loughboy Library last ?Thursday night (after Donal Ryan) I decided to [...]
There seems to be a plethora of articles recently about people becoming depressed or fixated with trying to keep up with the ‘Joneses’ on social media. People are putting pressure on themselves to be as successful, as slim, as beautiful, as rich, as happy as their Facebook friends. Some are leaving social media to get themselves out of that loop.
I enjoy Facebook – I know that people either put up the very good or the very bad (or yes, there [...]