Yes, This Will Be On the Test

Writing, Reading, Laughing

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

The Joys of Research





The Irish blood running through my veins has always tapped a foot, waiting for me to get my arse to Ireland. It took a WIP set in Ireland to finally get me on a plane, and thanks be to St. Patrick himself, I'm glad I did.
                           Glendalough

The country is magic pure and simple. 

I adored the people who by their own admission "Irish it up" which translates to bend the truth as far as you choose to tell a good story.

There aren't enough paint chips or color swatches in existence to cover the myriad of greens in Ireland.               
Druid's Cave - Blarney Castle Rock Close

And yes, I drove a stick shift on the left side of the road and got by with only one popped tyre (Irish spelling) and a wee dent. (I highly recommend the "walk away" insurance.) 

The real treasure of the trip was the research. I've always believed places give off their own unique "vibe." Walking in my characters footsteps, seeing through their eyes, and experiencing that sense of place as they would took my breath away. All the extensive digging I did while writing paled to actually existing in the the realm of my story. 

Ferns Cathedral Ruins



It was also fascinating to see where I was pretty spot on and where I missed the mark.


The beauty of the land, the people, and the Guinness stew - sigh.

I can't wait to write new stories set in this place that beckons me home. 
Charleville Castle




Charleville Forest


Carrick-a-Rede - Northern Ireland

29 comments:

  1. The pictures look beautiful! And lucky you for getting to do your research in Ireland, I've always wanted to go there! I like Irish accents in particular. :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. You've got to go. It's a life changer. Yes, the accent is definitely yummy.

      Delete
  2. Wow! What an amazing trip. My dad lived in Ireland for 2 years in the 60s. Then my parents went back about 20 years ago. They loved it there.

    ReplyDelete
  3. So beautiful! A place where magic can and does exist. So glad you got to visit and enjoy :)
    I would definitely need the walk away insurance!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I was there for two weeks and it felt like only a heartbeat. Can't wait to go back. Next time, I get the automatic NOT the stick shift.

      Delete
  4. I love Ireland. I have some relatives there and friends who live there part time. I can imagine myself in a wee cottage by the sea. Your pictures were beautiful.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you, Lee. A cottage on the Beara Peninsula is the dream. Sigh.

      Delete
  5. This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

    ReplyDelete
  6. I am so glad that you got to Ireland! I hope to get there one day. Looks beautiful and so much history. Thanks for sharing your pictures with us. Research must have been fun. :)
    ~Jess

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It was a dream come true. One I hope to repeat someday.

      Delete
  7. Leslie, the pics are FAB!
    "All the extensive digging I did while writing paled to actually existing in the the realm of my story." That sentence say it all!!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you, Michelle. It's amazing what a simple iPhone can capture.

      Delete
  8. Nice article as well as whole site.Thanks for sharing.
    clipping path

    ReplyDelete
  9. Satta King, Play Bajar, Satta King live result, satta king online result, satta king online, satta king result today, satta matka king, up satta king, satta king desawar, satta king gali, satta-king, satta king 2019 chart, satta baba king, satta king chart, Gali live result, Disawar live result, Satta Number, Matka Number, Satta.com, Satta Game, Gali Number, Delhi Satta king, Satta Bazar, black satta king, delhi satta king, satta king 2018, satta king 2019, Gali Leak Number, Gali Single Jodi, Black Satta Result, Play bazar, Black Satta Game, Satta king leak number site, satta leak fix number site, satta bazar,best satta game site, satta matka, gali satta, desawar results, satta bazar, satta game, satta number Satta King satta king result Satta

    ReplyDelete
  10. I must say, I thought this was a pretty interesting read when it comes to thisC topic. Liked the material. . .
    black satta king

    ReplyDelete
  11. Should there be another persuasive post you can share next time, I’ll be surely waiting for it.
    토토사이트

    ReplyDelete
  12. I read this article. I think You put a lot of effort to create this article. I appreciate your work.
    Activate Office for free

    ReplyDelete
  13. I read this article. I think You put a lot of effort to create this article. I appreciate your work.
    bagandcanvas.com

    ReplyDelete
  14. Your post was very nicely written. I’ll be back in the future for sure!
    takara residence binh duong

    ReplyDelete
  15. I read this article. I think You put a lot of effort to create this article. I appreciate your work.
    iPhone Hacking

    ReplyDelete
  16. I read this article. I think You put a lot of effort to create this article. I appreciate your work.
    chung cu charm diamond

    ReplyDelete

  17. I feel a lot more people need to read this, very good info!
    endo devices

    ReplyDelete

  18. I feel a lot more people need to read this, very good info!
    endo devices

    ReplyDelete
  19. I definitely enjoying every little bit of it. It is a great website and nice share. I want to thank you. Good job! You guys do a great blog, and have some great contents. Keep up the good work.
    porcelain dinner sets

    ReplyDelete