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Doing Creative Business With Artist Vincent Van Gogh

Creative Business With Vincent Van Gogh: Each Sunday, I feature a creative, creativist or creativepreneur talking about some aspect of going creative. This week, it’s artist Vincent Van Gogh. In this letter to his patron and brother, Theo, in October 1888, Vincent Van Gogh laid out his ideas about art and money and business. “I see more and more that my work goes infinitely better when I am properly fed, and the paints are there, and the studio and all that. “But have I set my heart on my work being a success? A thousand times no. “I wish I could manage…

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Definitions of Creative Success

Here are some quotes from well-known achievers that offer their definitions of creative success, and thereby offer you a window into thinking about your own definition. (For “man” in these quotes, please read also woman. And men, can you please stop doing this?) “A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and gets to bed at night, and in between he does what he wants to do.” Bob Dylan “Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.” ~ Maya Angelou “The main thing is to be moved, to love, to…

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Irish Secrets of The Past Uncovered

Exciting news from Ireland (for history nerds).  Secrets of the 1916 Easter Rising and War of Independence have been revealed by a new project from The Bureau of Military History that focusses on eyewitness accounts of the time. How I would have loved these to have been available when I was researching my first novel. In those days, I had to hunt deep – in the National Library, museum of military history, University College Dublin Archives and other archival sources, for accounts of what had actually happened. So much myth and legend surrounds those times in Ireland, with so many commentators…

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I Can Count On You?

My apologies for the slight delay in transmission. I was at a conference on Irish Arts in Britain yesterday so ‘Friday Fiction’ is being delivered on Saturday. In this episode, it’s spring 1922 in Mucknamore and things are hotting up. So brew yourself a cuppa, sit back and allow yourself to be swept away to a very different time and place. AFTER THE RISING. EPISODE SEVEN: I Can Count On You? The story so far: Jo Devereux has holed herself away in an old shed in Mucknamore, the Irish seaside village where she grew up, in order to read the family papers bequeathed to her…

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Friday Fiction: I'm No Traitor

AFTER THE RISING. EPISODE SIX: I’m No Traitor The story so far: Jo Devereux is back in Mucknamore, the Irish seaside village where she grew up, for her mother’s funeral. In her will, her mother’s has bequeathed a pile of family papers and asked Jo to write about her family’s part in the Irish liberation struggle. Jo is fascinated by what she finds in these papers. But what part did her family really play in that struggle? Why did Dan O’Donovan die? And what does it all  mean for her relationship with Rory O’Donovan, Dan’s nephew, whom she swore she’d never…

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Chapter 4. Jo Shares Her Secret.

The story so far: Jo Devereux is back in Mucknamore, the Irish seaside village where she grew up. Her mother’s dying request is that she will stay on and write a family history, from the pile of family papers she’s bequeathed her about the Irish liberation struggle in 1922. Life back in San Francisco is not ideal for Jo but how can she stay on in Mucknamore, when she has never fitted in? And when Rory O’Donovan, the only man she ever really loved, lives there with his wife and children and seems to think they can now be friends,…

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Change To Friday Fiction

Because I’ve just been given an exciting new screenwriting opportunity (of which more anon)…  and because, as advised by Joanna last week, I need to have my published novels e-reader-ready for Christmas…  and because I’m also publishing a poetry book this month…, I find I have to put Skin Diving on hold. This hurts. I’ve spent days resisting. Firstly, your feedback told me you were enjoying the chapter-by-chapter, Friday fiction slot. So was I. And I’ve been carrying this story about the MacIntyre family for years. A part of me, a very big part of me, wants more than anything to write this book. That’s…

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