A Day of Surprises

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…

49 Comments on “A Day of Surprises

  1. Cathy writes fabulous reviews and does a terrific job promoting authors. Enjoy meeting new people through your blog. They are the best way to not only make blogging buddies, but to promote your writing.


  2. Cathy is excellent Ali – I was honoured by one of her reviews as well. I don’t know what to make of Irish Central really. I joined up at one time but nothing has ever really excited me there, until your article of course 😉


    • I know. Some of their articles are just shock and scandal. Some are interesting but never go into much detail. I was surprised when they wanted to publish my articles, to be honest. But I really like my editor, and I have met some lovely people through it… Like yourself! So that’s how you found me, was it? And Cathy really made my day with that unexpected review.


  3. I totally understand you, Ali. Well, I don’t have anything published yet, so I don’t really know what it feels like when someone read your stories… but I can imagine and I imagine is a wonderful sensation.

    Happy for you 🙂


  4. Hey Ali,

    Wow fantastic news! You must be glowing, what a wonderful way to have started your day. 🙂 Go you! I also read your article on fosterage, and saved it to my computer. 🙂 I knew a fair amount about the myths, but the brehon laws on fosterage and the other details you write about, I had no idea! It’s a very excellent article, Ali!


    • Cheers Éilis. I think that aspect surprised a lot of people. I don’t think people really realised what a formalised official process it was, but our ancestors were nothing if not highly organised. People don’t realise this. They were such thinkers! Not primitive people who behaved impulsively or randomly. Well, they did that too, they were human like the rest of us lol!

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  5. Happy awesomeness! I’m with you, I always feel a tingle of excitement when I get another great review, or featured on someone else’s blog. Somehow it feels validating that our work is appreciated. Kudos! 🙂

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    • Yes, it does, you are so right! I guess as an Indie, we don’t get much feedback, so when we do get it, it comes as a pleasant surprise.

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  6. Your news is wonderful and I’m, thrilled for you. I feel the same way if anyone reads one of my books and doubly so if they leave a review. If ever one is featured by a book reviewer no doubt I’ll tap dance on the table.
    Huge congratulations on another article on Irish Central. You’re a real teacher.
    xxx Gigantic Hugs xxx

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    • Thank you, David! That’s a dance I’d love to see! Just make sure you’re wearing your skinny jeans at the time… I can get you some irish dancing shoes.
      Humongous Hugs back at ya!

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  7. Congratulations Ali. That’s three pieces of good news I have heard today.

    I to had some great news today about my latest short story “The Truth App”, and I’ve just heard from Mel Barker-Simpson that she is joining us the Bloggers Bash. Like me, Mel is an Introvert, and was rather nervous about attending the bash, but she’s decide to attend. I’ve promised to ensure I will keep her company while she gets to know everybody.

    Keep up the excellent work, and I’m really very pleased to hear your great news today.


    • Is that another hug I’m getting now Hugh??? I’ve lost count lol! I must admit I’m not great in large groups either, never have been, so your confession makes me feel heaps better! I’ve literally just seen the Truth App flash up on my screen, so I will check out your post now. That’s a great title BTW. Isnt it lovely to have some good news for a change???

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