The Struggle is the Juggle

THERE WAS A TIME not that long ago where I would wake up between 9 and 10 in the morning, grab my laptop and make the short walk in the blistering heat to the nearby mall.

Passing the smoothie bar to get my daily limonada de coco, I’d arrive at the coffee shop, park myself down in the corner directly under the cool fan and sit in that one spot for many hours until hunger drummed on my belly and said, “Um…buddy?Read more

Interviews and Inspiration

To coincide with the release of my second book, Sigil – a thriller based in Ireland, I decided to contact several local newspapers to tell my story.

Two weeks ago, while still in Colombia, I spoke with a couple of reporters who decided to run with the story, taking the ‘Local Boy Done Good‘ angle. Read more

How Much Are You Willing To Lose?

How Much Are You Willing To Lose?When I was twenty-four years old I spent a summer travelling down the west coast of the US.

One of my final stops was Las Vegas.

I had never been to Vegas before. I wasn’t much of a gambler, but I had a few days to kill until my flight across to Boston and, having stretched my budget pretty well up until that point, decided to fritter away some money. Read more

The Wit and Wisdom of George Carlin

I only recently got into Carlin.

Watching youtube videos of some of his old performances, he had an inimitable way of telling the ugly, unvarnished truth about society in a way that you couldn’t help but laugh at.

How I never heard of him before is beyond me, regularly featuring in Top 100 lists of the best comedians of all time, usually trading top spot with Richard Pryor and Bill Hicks. Read more

Bleeding on the Page

bleeding on the pageWriting is easy. You just open a vein and bleed.

A grisly quote that has, at various times, been attributed to sports columnist ‘RedSmith, and literary giants Thomas Wolfe and Ernest Hemingway.

One of the reasons I blog is because I find it therapeutic. Initially designed as a way to keep the folks back in Ireland updated with my adventures abroad, this site has morphed into a travel companion and diary – sometimes sharing deeply embarrassing episodes in my life – things that I needed to get off my chest. Read more