Hi, I’m Oonagh – story-telling and story-seeking from the heart of Scotland.
I’m a writer inspired by folklore, fantasy literature & the Gaelic landscape that surrounds me. This blog is a place to share my creativity, inspirations and stories.
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Ever since she discovered that the name of her home, Huamstane, meant stone of the moaning summer owl, Darroch fell in love with words.
September always brings a flurry of creative inspiration and motivation. There’s something about the crisping leaves, sharp air that fills me with productive zeal. I get those ‘back to school’ feelings even though I’ve been out of ‘education’ for eight years.
Here’s a quick summer Simple Magic before I transfigure into full-on autumn mode! The following photos are from my phone camera roll. They don’t quite fit the theme of my blog or Instagram, but capture enchanting, everyday moments I want to remember.
All writers struggle with lack of motivation at some point. For me, it’s always caused by self-doubt, which prompts an attack of imposter syndrome or comparison-itis – suddenly everyone’s writing is better than my own.
This is a story about an old leather jacket.
Black, butter-soft and scuffed at the elbows. The lining inside frayed as a Dementor’s cloak. A stud is missing so the right lapel flaps in the wind like the broken wing of a giant bat.
This jacket hails from 1970-something. Another soul inhabited it before me, and perhaps there were others in between.
Last week I handed The Children of the Mist (my fantasy novel) to an Editor for the first time. I thought I’d share the emotions I felt a provide a wee update on my next steps.
Welcome to a new blog feature – Simple Magic.
Recently, I noticed I only take photos that fit my blog or Instagram theme. While we’ve all levelled up from daily snaps of our breakfast - and sometimes it’s nice to experience things in the moment without the pressure to record - there’s still a part of me that misses capturing daily details.
I’ve been longing to share this post with you all! Since returning from holiday three weeks ago a barrage of birthdays, weddings and novel edits have kept me from collecting my thoughts on my recent island adventure. I planned to write a post for each island but decided to compile everything into one, long post instead. A hectic summer does not a regular blogger make.
Grab a cup of tea (it’s a long one) and let me tell you a tale of three Scottish islands…
What better way to end April than with a round-up of what’s inspired me lately?
As you read this, I’m driving north-west to the Isle of Rum. After a few nights on Rum we’re heading to Skye and Raasay. The car is full of food, my phone is stocked up on podcasts and questionable CDs have been found in the glove compartment. I love the nostalgia of road trips and how an old song I’ve heard a thousand times becomes imbued with sudden meaning when traveling someplace new. It’s as though a change of scene unlocks a new layer to whatever I’m listening to or reading.
Why is finding time to write so hard?
Online advice mostly arrives at the same conclusions: schedule your writing sessions, work in short bursts and above all – cut out distractions. In other words: make time. Deep down, we know what to do. Yet we resist. Why? Since no one asked, here’s my two pence on the subject…