Monday, March 29, 2010

Advice Needed: Pen Name

Hey everyone,

For a while I've been in a bit of a quandary about my pen name.

The Problem is, I absolutely LOVE the name Emily Cross, but when choosing the name I decided to overlook the fact that there was another Emily Cross out there, an American foil fencer who won a silver medal in the Olympics in 2008.

Now maybe you've never heard of Emily Cross, but if you google 'Emily Cross', she comes up for about the first two pages. My worry (maybe it's silly) is that when I start querying myself as 'emily cross', agents who look me up on google will only find her name?

So, What should I do?

a] Keep my Emily Cross name, and just go with it

b] Rename myself Amelie Cross (or something similar) and phase emilycross out? (and hopefully not loose readers?) Or add an initial like Emily M. Cross?

c] ???

Any suggestions would be great, really not sure what to do!! Would you believe I've been mulling over this for months!?!?!

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Getting to grips with your Character!

I don't know about anyone else here, but I find one of the most difficult things about writing is developing a complex three dimensional character. Even the thought of character development makes me break out in a sweat because I get so daunted by even the thought!

Well, if anyone is interested I've done a post on the Writer's Chronicle about one way which I have found helpful to me - using MBTI Personality types.

Don't know what MBTI is? Or interested in what the hell I'm on about, please drop over

Thursday, March 25, 2010

FlashBack: Maniac 2000

God this brings me back!!

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

John Connolly: Art Lives

RTE (Irish Television) is doing a series of documentaries entitled 'art lives'. Last night they did a documentary about John Connolly, called Of Blood and Lost Things.

Even if crime fiction isn't your thing (it's not mine) - I highly recommend you both read his books (which are amazing) and watch the documentary.

My favourite quote: "Evil is an absence of empathy".

Also the interview touches on criticism John Connolly has received forhis hard core crime novels having elements of horror/paranormal.

Where I have my own little Cylon Moment. .

Ok, after meeting up with some friends in city centre for some cuppas and chat, I finally got home.

Sitting at my lovely new laptop, I could hear the faint sound of music.

Hmmmm, I thought, Tis unusual to her 'appartmate 2' listening to music (or making any sound at all) especially at 12am.

I shrug. I put my earplugs in and go sleep sleep.

Wake up this morning, run around like a mad thing and finally end up in work.

Sitting down in my very quiet office, I begin to hear the music again.

Now I'm really starting to freak out and start fumbling round my office looking for the source of the sound.

I open the window - nope.

I open my door, go into the corridor, hoping some student is listening to music - nope.

Bump into next door office person, and laughingly say (without alarming her), do you hear any music - nope.

So, what does this all mean?

(nope, it doesn't mean i'm mad, duh!)

Well, Logically I must be a Cylon (yes i am a BSG nerd)!!

It would explain everything, instead of hearing music 'in the ship', I was hearing it in my 'apartment/office'!!

The music seemed to be getting loader though.

Especially when I approached my coat.

Where my Ipod was in my pocket.

Playing all night.


Guess I'm just a Frakking Human afterall!

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

#201. Win a competition- DONE

So, as some of you may know I made up a nice list of 203 things to do before . . . well, you know :(

Well, today I've completed number 201 - win a competition.

Now, before any of yeh ask for a couple of million, nope sadly was not the lotto that I won (which I'd pinned all my hopes on as my 'win a competition') but a Ten euro voucher ala Easons and Galaxy Chocolate :)

Still counts, in my humble opinion.

Just in time for Easter :)

So that's one down and another couple of hundred things to go . . .

Friday, March 19, 2010

I'm Back

YaY, laptop arrived earlier than expected, so I've the weekend to play with it :)

aw non-work internet - it has been too long!!

*note to self* delete history off work computer ;)

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Happy Patrick's Day & Where WR becomes my hero

Pop on over to the White Rabbit's Blog and read this post, ESPECIALLY if you are even remotely considering going to LEAP YEAR.

My favourite part:

Ireland is not Cuba. In fact before the recession, Ireland was wealthy as fuck and Irish people could afford brand new cars from places as far away as Japan. Why Hollywood insists that we all drive chuck-a-booms or hitch rides on trucks transporting chickens is beyond me.

P.S. Happy St. Patrick's Day to everyone!! Have a good one! ( i know a day early, but i'm at work and i won't be tomorrow. Yay for national holiday!)
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