Sometimes, lovely things happen unexpectedly, and you just want to shout about them, not to show off, although I can see why some may think that, but just because they make you feel happy. So I’m going to tell you about two things which happened today, which made me feel very happy.
First of all, I woke up to a tweet about my first book, Conor Kelly and The Four Treasures of Eirean. It had actually been read, and reviewed, and featured on a book blog! Now, that may not seem anything out of the ordinary for an author, you might think, and for some of you, it’s probably fairly run of the mill.
But for me, every time some one reads my book, I still feel surprised and delighted. If they have actually paid for it with their hard-earned spondoolies, I am doubly honoured. And if they take the time to write a review, I feel gobsmacked and proud… after I have picked myself up off the floor first.
The novelty still hasn’t worn off, even after all this time. I don’t think it ever will.
So today, my heart-felt thanks go to Cathy of Between the Lines Book Blog for her lovely review, and to Alison Williams Writing who tweeted it and brought it to my attention. If you want to read it, please click the link above to Cathy’s blog. You both made my day!
Secondly, I had another article published on Irish Central. I know that’s not so unusual, but I haven’t felt this way about an article I’ve written since I wrote about reincarnation; some topics, really get to you, I suppose.
The good thing is, quite a few people have visited the blog after reading it, which is really nice, and also makes me feel happy. So hi and welcome to anyone who has just popped over from IC, and to those of you who haven’t, here is the intro and a link to the article (it’s about fosterage in mythology and pre-Christian times, if you are interested);
“Ireland has a strange history when it comes to the care of its children. Sometimes, it seems as if they were treated as possessions to be traded rather than flesh and blood to be cherished, our country’s future.
“We have a dark legacy to come to terms with, as we discover pits at nursing homes packed full of the remains of babies and young children; stories of babies torn from mothers at the Magdalene laundries and given into slavery in exchange for a donation, and people within living memory who have no idea of their true identity because they were adopted or fostered outside of the law.
“In ancient times, fosterage played an important role in Irish society, but the process was governed by strict and complex rules as specified in the Brehon Laws.” Read more…