Paranormal Roadtrip – Spooky Dublin

Recently I was asked to write blog post on the spookiest places in Dublin, as part of From the Shadows Paranormal Roadtrip. Because A Crack in Everything is set in Dublin I already had a number of ideas lined up. Ghost stories are an intrinsic part of folklore and probably the stories we are all most familiar with. Dublin has more than its fair share, but I was only allowed to pick five.

FIVE!

So difficult.

So here they are:

Paranormal Roadtrip: Destination Dublin with Ruth Frances Long

Paranormal Road Trip: Destination Dublin, Ireland with Ruth Frances Long author of fantasy A Crack in Everything

Happy New Year

So lots of new things coming up this year including the sequel to A Crack in Everything. More news when I have it.

On the 12th January I’m part of Paranormal Road Trips at From the Shadows telling you about my Top 5 spooky places in Dublin and their stories. Thanks so much to E. J. Stevens for inviting me to do this. I loved every minute. And as Dublin is old, it has a load of spooky stories associated with it. I only scratched the surface. You can RSVP on Goodreads if you’d like to get a reminder.

 

Going Dark

New Grange Solstice Sunrise

I’m going to plug A Crack in Everything as a prezzie one last time. Angels, demons and scary fairies in Dublin

I say one last time because I’ll be going dark for Xmas after today. So I might plug it again tonight. But after that I’ll shut up. Maybe.

Of course if you haven’t read The Treachery of Beautiful things you should totally get that too. Or any of my books really. #Buymybooks

That gratuitous self promotion was brought to you by commercialism and the need to pay for my Xmas shopping. No really.

So happy Winter Solstice , Christmas and New Year to everyone. See you all in 2015 for another exciting year and A Hollow in the Hills, where Izzy, Jinx, Dylan and friends (?) will be back to cause mayhem in Dublin again.

Photo from Newgrange.com

 

Two awesome things – A Crack in Everything recommended read & #YAIE

I was in the Gutter Bookshop in Dalkey today and found A Crack in Everything in a proud position as part of their Christmas recommendations for teens. So now they have signed copies. And I have a lovely photo.

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In some rather smashing company too.

And on Twitter there is now a hashtag for all things YA in Ireland – #YAIE and an account @booksyaie - thanks to Michelle Moloney King,   and 

Can’t wait for it.

Join us for the inaugural Twitter chat – next Wed (Dec 17), 7.30-8.30pm. Topic: ‘Irish books I wish were written when I was a YA’. #YAIE

yaie

 

A short post about drafts and editing

 

In pictures (some moving) because I really should be editing.

 

I’ve just finished the first draft of the next book.

There was lots of this

Everyword

And now I have a first draft full of all the words. Some of it makes sense. Some of it…

nooooooooot so much.

So…

Hold my purse

It’s time to edit. I have printed it out, I have a notebook to make notes and a pen to decorate the margins in doodles err I mean edit.

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I will read through the whole thing and try to make it better. Basically in this scenario there are two me’s. Beckett me and Castle me. (Editor brain and Snowflake brain)

dont ruin my story with your logic

But in the end it isn’t ruined. It’s made better. I hope.

And that is my editing process.

 

Actually there is a lot more to it than that but this is the basic premise and I should be editing, not doing blog posts about editing.

But blog posts with little moving pictures are sooooooooooo much more fun.

(Oh and I totally stole these gifs and images from all over the internet).

A Crack in Everything Playlist

Obviously music is important in A Crack in Everything so I thought I would share some of the songs that inspired various aspects of the story and the characters. There are actually a lot more than on this list (it changes as the mood takes me), and some versions I personally prefer to others. I tried to restrict this list to one song by an artist, but… yeah, I’m not very good at that in real life. There’s a lot of Florence + the Machine and Camille O’Sullivan going on at the best of times. And two Camille covers just had to be the ones.

Playlist

I could go on for ages about the different songs and why I picked them. If you’ve any questions, just ask.

There’s also a YouTube playlist but not all of the versions I chose are up there, so we’ve Elkie Brook’s version of Lilac Wine instead of Camille O’Sullivan for example. Why not Jeff Buckley? Well… there’s a debate for another day. Why The Fratelli’s version of All Along the Watchtower?

I am a big fan of covers and reinterpretation, especially in music. I like new versions of old things. I like seeing things afresh. And sometimes they say something a little bit closer to what I was aiming for in the book.

Hope you enjoy.

A quick thank you

We had a fantastic night in the Gutter bookshop on Thursday. So good. So many people. So much fun.

Of course I forgot to take photos. I was a little bit busy. But there are some lovely photos. I just don’t have them myself. (If anyone wants to send me some…)

Thanks so much to everyone involved. Unfortunately C. E. Murphy couldn’t be with us due to a family emergency but thankfully all are well now. Sending all the healthy vibes.

I’m going to have a bit of a flump for a few days. Um… and I probably ought to be writing. ;)

In the meantime, there’s a goodreads giveaway of A Crack in Everything up. It’s open to UK and Ireland, so start clicking.