Flaherty’s Honeymoon Blues

When Fingers Flaherty got married, his (few) friends sadly shook their heads and whispered that the marriage would never last. As his battered car smoked away into the dusky distance, carrying the slightly happy couple to their new life together, his (few) friends wiped away the tears and prepared themselves for the inevitable catastrophe. Flaherty wiped the…

Crazy Blues

Fingers Flaherty wasn't the first disgruntled lover to sing the blues! People have been battling with the blues - or the "blue devils" as they once were known - ever since they started falling in love with each other back in those dark caves. They discovered that fire could keep away the prehistoric chill. And…

Wintry watery blues

Life is an ocean, so the philosophers think. Life's an ocean, them dusty philosophers think. Well, the storm's a-brewin', my boat's startin' to sink. Fingers Flaherty There's a light, a certain kind of light, that pours over the landscape on a winter afternoon, enveloping the mountains in a languid melancholy, making the sea contemplate the…

Blue skies, blue eyes

There ain't nothing new to see under God's blue skies. I tell ya, nothing new to see under them blue and shiverin' skies, 'Specially when ya look at them through bloodshot alcoholic eyes. Fingers Flaherty This photo was taken earlier this month in Omeath, County Louth, overlooking the sublime serenity of Carlingford Lough towards the…

The story behind a squirrel

My article about the genesis of Talkin' Squirrel Blues was recently published in Writing & Me. You can find out where the idea for the Floyd the squirrel originated by reading the article here. Talkin' Squirrel Blues ebook is currently available on Amazon. Paperback available in November 2015!

The Next Big Thing

Laura Elliot tagged me in the Next Big Thing Author Blog Hop. Laura is the author of three novels: Stolen Child, The Prodigal Sister and Deceptions.  Her books have  been widely translated and - aka June Considine - she is also the author of twelve books for children, including the fantasy Luvender trilogy, the Beachwood…

Suffering in the Here and Now

I am a breath breathing in the breeze. I am one. I am a drop of water falling into the ocean. I am many. I am a ray of sunlight traveling through a flower stem. I am energy. I am a flame burning on the surface of the sun. I am my own shadow. I…