Wednesday 13 July 2011

Slainte! (Cheers)

So, as well as trying to persuade someone to buy and publish one of my books, I also am a freelance journalist. I write mainly about business and entertainment, but for the next month I'm working with my husband on a project for a beer festival. Fun times! It's a pity I didn't get this gig when Hart Johnson was writing the first draft of her microbrewery mystery. I could have given expert advice, and she might have even thanked me in the acknowledgements, which is at least a step in the right direction to having my name on the cover of a book...

The great thing is that it's very sunny in Ireland, which is perfect beer-drinking weather. After all, I can't write about different types of beer without doing proper research, right? Right?

It's a good thing I have something to keep me busy, because life is fairly tough at the minute. Writing wise everything is going well, but I'm waiting for news that seems like it's never going to come. Again, for once not writing related.

Hope everyone is enjoying the summer :)


  1. My husband is a self-proclaimed beer connoisseur. It's pretty much his hobby. You're basically describing his dream assignment. :)

  2. Mmmmmmmmm beer! I'm jealous. The beer is always better in Ireland too.

  3. We always make fun of my grandpa for drinking so much beer. Every child in my family has tried a little taste of it at an early age. I hate it, but my four year old cousin loves it! ;) Have fun researching!

  4. have a good time on the newest assignment!!!!!! I can't wait to hear the news that you are being published! I know someone will buy your books and publish them for you!! I just know it!!!


  5. Here's to research! At least as much as you can get done in one night before passing out.

  6. Waiting is always hard. I hope the time passes quickly for you!

  7. Sounds like an interesting research project!

  8. Better you than me, girl! I've had one sip of beer (actually, it was more a gulp because the friend who persuaded me to try it insisted a gulp was necessary to get the full flavor) and my stomach's reaction was immediate rebellion.

  9. Hope you get your news and it's GOOD. I love me so beer, but my hips say "NOOOOOOO!". :P

  10. @ Allison: It's mine too, beats depressing business news anyway :)
    @ Christie: I don't know, America has a pretty strong selection too!
    @Madeline: I loved the taste as a kid too, that makes me sound like I have a serious problem.
    @Heather: Thanks, though I have a long way to go before I get anywhere near a book store :)
    @L. Diane: Lol! :)
    @Emily: Thanks!
    @Krista: It makes a change to be researching something most people are interested in, most people's eyes glaze over when I start talking about history research!
    @Caitlin: It's definitely a love it or hate it thing.
    @Alleged: My hips say no, but I've long learned to over ride their objections :)