In Honour of September 1st: It Feels Too Real [Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, by J.K. Rowling]

Very much worth reading.

Letters & Leaves

100_0975 The Great Hall – the day Deathly Hallows came out, we transformed a large part of my parents’ house into Hogwarts, and other parts into the Burrow and the Leaky Cauldron.

I thought this would be a similar post to last year, a nostalgic one, remembering the release of the last book (or, what we then thought would be the last book), the last Harry Potter party – the last party we would have at all, before my parents got divorced and sold the house.

But I read the first chapter, and already knew this would be a very different post. I actually had to put the book down and read something else for a few days – because it felt too real, too painfully real.

100_1003 The Unwrapping was always an important ceremony.

I remember reading it for the first time, sitting in the back garden of my parents’…

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This Crumbling Pageant by Patricia Burroughs

As “didnt love it” reviews go, this one said a lot of nice things. Thanks, Lipsy!

Lipsyy Lost & Found

Title: This Crumbling Pageant
Author: Patricia Burroughs
Series: The Fury Triad #1)
Edition: Digital Review Copy, 606 pages
Publication Details: May 6th 2014 by Story Spring Publishing
Genre(s): Fantasy
Disclosure? Yep! I received a free copy in exchange for an HONEST review.

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Get ready to be swept away into a dark fantasy series that combines swashbuckling adventure, heart-pounding romance and plot-twisting suspense in equal measures.

Expect to hear more about Persephone Fury. A lot more.

England, 1809. As fashionable Society streams toward London for the start of a new social season, they are unaware of a hidden magical England existing alongside. The Magi cathedrals are temples to the old gods. Reigning on their throne is not poor mad George, but the ailing King Pellinore of the House of Pendragon. But their wars are no less deadly.

The Furys are known for their extraordinary music, their powerful magic…

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PARADISE REGAINED: A history of burial at St. Mary’s Collegiate Church, Youghal October 17, 2012

A location in The Dead Shall Live, Volume Two of The Fury Triad. I’m trying to find out who is buried here!



A presentation  by Catryn Power, at Youghal Celebrates History Conference 2012. The presentation gave an informative insight and understanding of burial customs at the St. Mary’s Collegiate Church graveyard, Youghal. The 10th Annual Conference was held between the 29th -30th September at The Mall Arts Centre, Youghal. The Theme of this year’s Conference was Pomp and Circumstance- ‘Tales from the Tombs of St. Mary’s Collegiate Church’.

PARADISE REGAINED: A history of burial at the church and graveyard of St. Mary’s Collegiate Church and the future management of its conservation.


A highly valued place for Youghal local community to respect and commemorate its dead loved ones, for about 900 years. Ritual practices changed according to the century, tradition and the pocket, from simple coffin-less and earth-cut burials of lay people in shrouds, sometimes held together with pins, to the burials of the…

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Happy Liza Doolittle Day, everyone!

No, I didn’t know it, either! But isn’t it awesome fun?


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Questioning the Question Mark

Loved the movie; love the trivia; love the question and answer.

the booth in the back

This blog has been on hiatus.  For the past year and a half, I’ve been working on a major, long-form writing project and I vowed that I wouldn’t blog again until it was finished.  There have been several times during the last 18 months that I’ve felt an overwhelming urge to post something but have resisted, telling myself, “If you’ve got enough time to write a blog post, sister, you’ve got enough time to work on the big project.”   And I’ve stuck with my vow to not post again until the other thing is finished.  Well, it’s still not finished.  And while I do intend to keep the blog on hold until it is, I had to make an exception, just this once. Because when your heart tells you to do something, when you’re called to action by that still, small voice in your head, you just have to do it.

Dolores Hart…

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