zero blog posts in November. One could take this as an indication of foot-off the pedalness but, au contraire, it is not the case. It is just a case of kind of forgot about the blogging thing. Have joined a crime writers group, meeting once a month in Temple bar and hosted by Laurence O’Bryan of booksgosocial an online book marketing company based in Temple Bar. The standard in the group is high and its inclination not warm and cuddly so that’s perfect. Good feedback! I read from Kilban and got some good pointers, read from The Golden Brick and again, good feedback. There are some key elements in the story-telling process that I was not as aware of, but feel better informed, ie. don’t take the reader out of the moment for the sake of exposition, something I was def guilty of.

I am ramping up the ante in terms of main character in The Golden Brick so his back is well and truly against the wall, hopefully giving more insight into what makes him what he is at the same time, but finally, giving context to the desperate measures he is driven to. Kilban is on the back-burner for the moment. Had someone read through it who is well-informed on Garda procedure and he was positive about it in terms of story, pointed out a couple of small technical things that needed changing, so that was much appreciated. I hope to have The Golden Brick ready for an edit mid-January and will get back to Kilban while I’m awaiting results.

Have also started a non-fiction venture based on my occasionally mis-fired attempts at being a second level Guidance Counsellor. It’ll be a study of teaching methods and how they can go pear-shaped but it will also be a study of teenagers and try to get to the root of whether they are a different species entirely. It’s going to be a long-term project, but I kept a journal from my first three years, so I’ll be drawing on that as well as teaching theory and of course adolescent psychology.

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