An Arts Festival Is No Time To Get Creative logo has published an article I wrote about the fiasco that was my attempt to get writing last week, whilst out west for the Galway International Arts Festival. Go on. You know you want to read it. Go on. Seriously. Your week would be incomplete without it.

If you don’t, you might never know why, ever since, I suffer from tinnitus, and walk with a pronounced limp. Or why the book I was working on, although set in the west of Ireland, is suffused with a pronounced sense of ennui, and really doesn’t care what you think about it.

Link to article here.

  19 comments for “An Arts Festival Is No Time To Get Creative

  1. July 24, 2014 at 8:49 am

    An accountancy rave? There’s a book there. If you can find it.


    • July 24, 2014 at 9:43 am

      Great idea! But what genre? Double-entry fiction? Mathematical satire? Fantasy??


      • July 24, 2014 at 10:00 am

        Have you ever met an accountant? What genre is Alice in Wonderland?


        • July 24, 2014 at 4:12 pm

          Not only do I come from a long line of accountants, I also work with them on a daily basis… and I can categorically state that the only time I’ve ever seen really creative accounting is in the movies. Most of them just don’t have the imagination 😉


          • July 24, 2014 at 5:17 pm

            Oops. Reminds me of the time I said if God had meant women to play rugby He’d have put their tits somewhere else and the woman I was talking to said, “My daughter…”…well, you can fill in the rest yourself.


            • July 25, 2014 at 9:23 am

              You mustn’t think that I would ever consciously defend accountants, either individually or as a group. Now THAT would be insulting!


  2. July 24, 2014 at 3:57 pm

    Thanks for the laugh! We can’t always choose the best spot for our novels to percolate through our fingers. My first novel was written at the cash register of our family gallery, in-between customers. Lots of those in-betweens made it more like a cemetery than I would have preferred, but eventually it was published (2009), the store was closed, and I moved my day-job home to write full-time. Oddly enough, those books were also set in Western Ireland, up in Mayo…


    • July 24, 2014 at 4:16 pm

      Now there’s a writing arc I wouldn’t mind following! Although I foresee myself chained to an office desk for quite some time yet. I love the story of the guy who worked as an night security guard, where he was expected to man a desk and do nothing, and used his time to write a book which ended up garnering the biggest book deal of that particular year. I can’t remember his name sadly, but he got double pay for genuinely honest work, so who cares!


  3. July 25, 2014 at 2:40 am

    Reblogged this on theowlladyblog.


  4. July 25, 2014 at 8:22 am

    But you wrote that, so you were creative. Just not creative in a, ‘see that woman over there with the faraway eyes, sucking her pencil? She’s writing the next greatest English novel, which features a Parisian cafe in Donegal where the local presbyterians go to let their hair down with Madama Zza Zza, a now arthritic tightrope walker and one time CIA spy.’


    • July 25, 2014 at 8:34 am

      Hey, Elaine. Let me know when this is published–sounds like a great read.


      • July 25, 2014 at 9:17 am

        Does, doesn’t it? I must nip off to a cafe…


        • July 25, 2014 at 9:27 am

          Yes, Elaine, I would like to see the first chapter myself – by 6pm this evening would be fine, thanks. I particularly want to see how presbyterians let their hair down. You write it, and I’ll make a documentary about it.

          I suppose on the creativity end, Galway did contribute the inspiration for something, if not an environment to write it in… I may have been confusing creativity with productivity. Rookie mistake!


          • July 25, 2014 at 4:47 pm

            No no. Productivity is creativity. Anything you get down on paper (sorry, showing my age, on a screen) counts. If you produce, you’ve created. Especially when somebody wants to know what you’ve been doing all afternoon.


          • July 25, 2014 at 9:46 pm

            You know what? I’ve written it. dunno what happened to me, but it really took hold. First draft finished. But I have to hone and polish now. I loved writing it. Have no idea how it came out of the end of my pen. but, hey. Don’t know whether to post it, or enter it in a story competition.


            • July 25, 2014 at 11:25 pm

              This is thoroughly EXCELLENT. I’m super impressed, even if you didn’t make the 6pm deadline (what were you doing all day, incidentally?)

              You have a couple of choices here… if it’s bleak and depressing enough, it will win all the short story competitions. If not, make your last name sound more Swedish, open a Swiss bank account and wait for the money to come pouring in 😉


          • August 3, 2014 at 6:08 pm

            Right. I’ve posted it. I suppose it’s not quite what you’d expect, but it just came out. Got fed up wondering if it was any good or not. So pressed the button.


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