As October days come racing down the calendar, I’m getting more excited by the moment. Being the only American author included in the Claddagh Author Event in Dublin’s Croke Park on October 8, 2016 has left me thrilled, distracted and busy planning. I know that the next few weeks will speed past as Ireland’s gardens begin to deliver colorful zinnias, Gerber daisies, aster and maybe some sunflowers among the bright drifting autumn leaves. I can close my eyes and picture all of the lovely sites awaiting me!
As you, dear readers know, I am deeply steeped in everything Irish — history, mystery, paranormal, food, scenery and more. This photo of the rugged Maghery Coast inspires me every time I see it. It seems as though many of you enjoy this view with me. The blues are truly that bright!
Good friend, Parris Afton Bonds, plans to join me on this trip to Ireland. I anticipate renewing friendships that grew when I last lived in Ireland for too little time. Visiting some favorite places to steep the writing muse in atmosphere is a highlight of my “Irish plotting” — setting the scenes and anticipating actually being right on the favorite spot! I invite you to join me on my Facebook page to share my photos from the earlier trip and to keep updated in the moment. I’ll be posting some of the experiences I had while living in Ireland and writing travel articles in the blog.
I’m looking forward to the big day in Dublin meeting other authors and readers who will be touring the Claddagh event. This event has been popular for several years. When I see the posts on the Facebook page talking about all of the planning that goes into making an event for 200 authors, I’m more impressed than ever. And I appreciate the consideration that the committee members gave my pleas to be included.
I’ll be taking a few copies of some of my books — favorites trying to find their way into crowded luggage. I expect their places will be filled with some brilliant books from the Irish authors for the return flight.
Events such as Claddagh and some of the terrific events planned right in my Alabama neighborhood are truly an encouraging boost to authors who are permitted to participate.Being able to network with other authors and meet readers in person inspires a great deal of my writing. My appreciation grows with each one for the planners who put their hearts into bringing this off. I’m pleased to see the support the planners receive from their community at the Dublin Eventful website. (The name Dublin Eventful tickles me — someone who bubbles with fun must be behind that) The idea of flying to Ireland for a book fair has me walking on air while I appreciate all the work planners have put in for the entire year — they must be setting their ideas and imagination loose for the next year as they are wrapping up the current event.
Thank you for your patience with your giddy friend/author as I’m trying to keep myself calm, cool and collected. (It is NOT working!). Your friends may wish to get their own email updates on the Dublin trip….They can have that with free membership in the AngelPack. If you just share this post with them, they will have a link to the AngelPack page.