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Tuesday, March 3, 2015

ISWG: Is it still snowing in the Northeast :)


It’s Insecure Writers' Support Group time!

As always, a huge thanks to Alex J. Cavanaugh, founder of IWSG and someone who amazingly, after three books and a fourth coming out next month, still has time to think, let alone be insecure :)

It's March 3, which means it's exactly two weeks until St. Patrick's Day, my favorite day.

(Some may not know, but I was born and reared in Dublin, but Paddy's Days (it's *NEVER* "St. Patty's Day :) were useless when I was growing up.)

So, how can I be insecure about everyone wanting to be Irish for a day?

Well, little leprechauns who want to mess with me lucky charms and large people who want to pinch me when I'm wearing a green body suit can be quite traumatizing....

(Or, hmm, is it the visual of a grown, bald man in a green body suit that's quite traumatizing?)


Anyway, I think I'll be okay, unless you're planning to kiss the Blarney Stone before March 17 - Don't do it...

 See, not only are authors Carrie Butler and E.J. Wesley of NA Alley (the information hub for New Adult Fiction) busy with their writing careers, they also produce a themed monthly Podcast called Alleycast.
With this in mind, they decided to find a charming, articulate and photogenic Irishman to be their St. Patrick's Day guest.

When they couldn't find one, they called me.

The hour-long interview was a lot of fun, and it's scheduled to go live on St. Patrick's Day.

Carrie, E.J and me* post podcast                                    (*Not the actual people.)

Highlights include how I got my first writing gig and became a newspaper journalist (with no degree nor experience) It's the Irish charm, I'm telling ye!)

Oh, and then... there's a big reveal on the podcast, too :)

And *that's* the main reason I'm insecure this month:)

How will the news be taken? (Will the news be returned by a passerby who finds it huddling in a ditch?)

Plus, we're moving to Virginia in less than three weeks...

(No wonder I'm looking forward to Paddy's Day... someone save me an adult beverage!)

PS: With the upcoming move, Carrie, who also owns Forward Authority Design Services, is slowly redesiging my blog. There will always be aloha in my words, but the new location calls for a new title...

Have a great writing week, and I look forward to sharing the big reveal with you on St. Paddy's Day!

Lord Baldernot will return :)


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

The new design looks great! Carrie does a good job.
In two weeks, we'll all be listening to YOU. And laughing at you. I mean with you. Maybe.
You should miss the snow in three weeks. Again, another maybe.
Did I mention the site looks great...?

Nick Wilford said...

The interview will be a blast. My grandpa was born in Dublin, so I get to celebrate St Paddy's Day legitimately. And my grandma is from Wales, so I celebrated St David's Day, too!

Anonymous said...

The blog looks great, Mark! Welcome to the East Coast! Can't wait to see what the reveal is!

Elizabeth Seckman said...

Oh, Carrie will do an awesome job! Can't wait to see it. And I can't wait to hear the interview and hear your news!

And in answer to the snow question...we have another storm set to hit tomorrow, but spring is coming. I swear!

S.P. Bowers said...

Enjoying the new look. Are you in VA already?

Elephant's Child said...

Oooh. Busy, busy times. I have to ask though, does the big reveal include a coconut bra?

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

You're already revealed a lot with that coconut bra but looking forward to seeing more!
New look is pretty cool.

M.J. Fifield said...

I love the new design. I think it looks great.

I have a big move coming up in about a month, but I'm only going from one end of the east coast to the other. (and yes, it's still snowing. It's snowing where I am as I write this.). I can't even imagine going from Hawaii to Virginia. Good luck with it!

Unknown said...

Not a good year to move from Hawaii to Virginia my friend, just saying. :)

Suzi said...

Make sure you remind us about this podcast. St. Patrick's day is a long ways off, and I'll probably forget to listen if you don't remind me. And I want to hear that big news.


Melissa said...

I LOVE the new blog! :D
And I can't wait to hear the podcast. :)

IWSG #142 until Alex culls the list again.

Lisa said...

Wow already working on the new look for the blog. Yay! Your my favorite Irishman and can't say I'm sad to think of you being on the same side of the earth as I am, but know it'll be a shock when you hit that weather change! I can't wait to hear the podcast!!!!

cleemckenzie said...

You have a whole new look here! Love it.

I'll have to catch your Irish podcast. That will be fun. BTW I'm off to Ireland in June. Want me to kiss the Blarney Stone for you?

Carrie-Anne said...

I like the new look of your blog!

St. Patrick's Day isn't a happy occasion for my family, since my uncle died on that date in 1988.

Kristin Smith said...

Mark! I love your new blog! I think it reflects your soon-to-be location perfectly. You and I were on the same wavelength—I'm redesigning my blog too. It should be up and running in the next couple of days. Here's to new blogs! And enjoy Paddy's Day! :)

LD Masterson said...

Cool looking site. And now I have another reason to look forward to St. Paddy's Day.

DL Hammons said...

Awesome new look! And you're moving? I bet there's a bit of a culture shock on the horizon for you...but you'll do fine!

Robin said...

Totally digging the new design. Kudos to Carrie.

Happy early St. Paddy's Day. I say celebrate all month long since it's your fave!!!

Diane Burton said...

And we have tons of snow in the Midwest, too. Want some??? Enjoy your Irish roots. We all want to be you this month. :)

Sheena-kay Graham said...

The site definitely has the look of someone getting organized Mark. All the best and Paddy's Day just got a bit more interesting.

Julie Dao said...

Good luck with the move, Mark! Hope all goes well and smoothly! I'll be sure to always refer to it as St. Paddy's day (not Patty) from now on!

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