Monday, March 20, 2017

In the Works

photograph by me

Happy Belated Saint Patrick's Day, all my fine blog readers! I went out more this year for St. Patrick's Day than I think I ever have before and I am now in a very Irish/Celtic mood. I have brought out all my Irish/Celtic/Scottish music from my obsessed teenage years. (It's not like I ever abandoned it though. Not really. It is a predecessor of the folky-rock-ish sound that is my favorite for music, after all.) Can I just say, Hanna has some of the best music suggestions?

Anyhow, I have been working on plans for future blog posts. I have one in the works about my current Work-In-Progress and then I am looking at my to-read list for books to review here. But I have another much more informal post I would like to do. I would like you to know me better. I am very socially awkward. (Imagine me holding a friend's baby while rambling on about decapitation and being extremely thankful the babe's mother was not there to witness my floundering. I'm also very thankful that the baby had no understanding of what I was going on about and was too young to ask me what it meant. *ahem*) I also have a hard time letting people outside of my immediate family know much about me and what I like. They know I write and I love books, but I never go into details. It's one of my big goals for 2017— to let people get to really know me as I actually am and to get to know other people better instead of shying away from social settings and interactions. So, ask away! Ask me anything you would like to know about me, books, film, music, art, travel, that gluten-free life, or anything else you can think of to ask me and leave the question in the comments of this post! I will make a hopefully long and chatty reply blog post in the next two weeks.

My questions for you: What did you do this Saint Patrick's Day? And what are your favorite Irish songs/singers?


  1. Okay, let's see...

    What are your favorite historical periods/settings? Which are your favorites to write about?
    What's your favorite period drama miniseries? Favorite TV show?
    Do you have any hobbies?
    How many of Jane Austen's novels have you read, and do you have a favorite?
    You mentioned travel, many places have you visited, and what was your favorite? Any special place you have still to visit?
    How do you write—pen and paper, computer, etc?

    Now, to answer your question. I think my introduction to Irish music was this album by the Irish Tenors, which I still have! I also have a book of Irish songs for piano that I love to play through every now and then, and my favorites are legion—"Green Grows the Laurel," "That Tumbledown Shack in Athlone," "Carrickfergus," "Low-Backed Car," "Queen of Connemara," and lots more (including many from that CD I just mentioned).

    1. Thank you for the questions! You have some good ones.

      And I like that album! I had never heard of it before.

  2. I actually went out for St. Patrick's Day, something I haven't done in years! I went with my co-workers who are also some of my best friends. We hit up different bars all night and had a lot of fun. I enjoyed drinking my water. Ha! (Hey, I had to drive home!).

    I do love Celtic and Irish music. I used to really be into Irish history and culture about 20 years ago - I was writing a novel set in Northern Ireland right after the peace accords were signed for The Troubles. I still may go back to that novel some day.

    1. Haha! Glad you had fun! And you're receiving no judgment from me. I would be drinking water myself.

      Your novel sounds fascinating! I don't know too much of Ireland's history once you enter the 20th century. It is something I need to do research on for an Irish character I have in my novel.

  3. Ahh, how did I miss this post? I'm bad of thinking of questions off the cuff, but here's a couple.

    Who are your fictional crushes/ships?
    What are your favorite coffee shops? Your coffee always looks amazing.
    What is a genre you haven't read, but you want to try?
    Or a genre you didn't think you'd like but were surprised by?
    Best contemporary recommendations.
    Nonfiction favorites?
    Favorite historical era?

    My first introduction to Irish music was also The Irish Tenors. While not my favorite Irish song, their version of 'Grace' gets points for being the most depressing yet stirring song I've ever heard. Another friend recently shared the cover of 'When Irish Eyes Are Smiling' from Emmet Cahill and I absolutely adore that.

    As a fellow gluten free eater, I would love to hear how you do it! I'm always on the lookout for new ideas. :D

    1. Thank you for your questions! And I cannot wait to give those songs a listen.

      *high five* It makes me oddly happy to find fellow gluten free people. I mean, I'm sorry you can't eat wheat, but really the gluten free life isn't all that bad once you get used to it. I would be happy to share a bit about how I eat. I love food. Hang out with me in person and I will talk about food often.


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