Archive for October 5th, 2011

Reminder: Enter our Competition!

5 October 2011

We’re nearing the deadline of our first competition, so here’s a reminder for everyone who hasn’t had a chance to get in on the action yet…

We are offering six Pue’s readers the opportunity to go on a special guided tour of the tower and roof of St Patrick’s Cathedral on the morning of Saturday the 22nd of October, led by the education officer, Andrew Smith. The competition is simple:

Summarize your favourite century of Irish history in 115 characters or less.

If you’re on twitter, send it as a tweet with the opening @puesoccurrences #puescomp. Otherwise drop us an email at puesoccurrences AT gmail DOT com. Every letter, every mark of punctuation and every space counts as a character. Short and punchy is the key. The deadline for entries is October 7th and we’ll announce the winners by October 12th. We’ll also publish the best entries on the blog.

The tour isn’t suitable for children under 16 or anyone afraid of heights or enclosed spaces. You can enter as many times as you like for as many centuries as you like, though there will only be one place for each winner. Even if you’re not free to take part in the tour, we still encourage you to join in on the fun! We’ve got some great entries so far, but the more the merrier! So get your thinking caps on and send us your description of your favourite century of Irish history.

To give you a taste, here’s one I drew up myself:

An Irish parliament won&lost; Rebellions fought;‘terrorist’ fiction wrought; Union debated; Emancipation slated.

See our dedicated competition page.

Sh***ing Bricks

5 October 2011

By Christina Morin

A friend on Facebook recently alerted me to this compelling piece: ‘Twenty-Five Insights on Becoming a Better Writer’. Gathered from a veritable who’s who of famous writers, the tips all speak to my own experience of writing and, even more poignantly, to my struggles with writer’s block and procrastination (hence my faffing about on Facebook). The suggestion that particularly stuck in my head – and made me laugh outright – was that offered by Sarah Waters on the subject of discipline. Noting her own self-imposed daily word count of at least 1,000 words, Waters writes that this ‘is sometimes easy to achieve, and is sometimes, frankly, like shitting a brick’. A graphic image, but certainly one with which I can relate. I’ve never tried Waters’ suggestion of a minimum daily word count, which is possibly why I often find myself in the situation where, after a long day at the laptop, I seem to have regressed rather than progressed on a given piece of work. It’s an incredibly frustrating feeling, and one that doesn’t bode well for my enthusiasm levels upon return to the computer. Waters, like a couple of the other writers quoted in the piece, makes the point though, that it’s better to write a load of nonsense, or ‘rubbish’ as she calls it, than not to write at all. At least rubbish gives you something with which to work. Read more