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Roisin Donnelly

The Traveling Writer

Roisin Donnelly Posted on Wed, May 28, 2014 16:00:00

So I have been asked a few times to write about my adventures out on the road and so this blog will not only be about my writing and knocking things off my bucket list but it is now going to become more of a diary. I don’t know if this is for better or worse aha but hope that you all continue to read it!

So since I have traveled from Canada I have had the most amazing opportunities. The first stop was to visit a friend in Abu Dhabi whom I have known since childhood. I never in a million years thought that I would make it out there but then I guess you never really know where life is going to take you. Being in Abu Dhabi was like being in a different world, the dress code is different, the shops are different and obviously the language is very different. I guess one of the things that took me most by surprise was being at a water park and the characters of the water park where dressed similarly to how the characters in the cartoon movie ‘Aladdin’ dressed added to the fact that the young girls best friend was a monkey further added to the whole new world experience. The water park itself resembled a ship and everything was made out of wood which was pretty awesome and the most surreal part was when I was standing at the top of one of the water slides and looking out all you could see was desert! Again talk about being in another world! Everything else about being there though was glamorous and what you see in the movies such as ‘Sex and the City’ is true!

From Abu Dhabi I traveled to Ireland where I got to catch up with family and friends that I hadn’t seen in years which was amazing and the feeling of being back on home turf was overwhelming and shocking. Having spent half my life in Ireland and the other half in Canada I always knew that I missed Ireland but I didn’t realise how much until I was back. And no one needs to tell you if you have had the opportunity to visit Ireland that the chocolate is to die for! Honestly cannot get enough! And of course the cobbled streets, the accent, the weather and the place where everyone says hello to you just brought back many more memories for me!

I have had a few more adventures since then but you gotta stay tuned to find out where I went next! Hope that you have fun reading this 🙂

Roisin xx


Roisin Donnelly Posted on Mon, May 19, 2014 14:50:41

I suppose everyone has a bucket-list or to do list, things that we want to achieve before we hit a certain age or need to accomplish before taking the next steps in life. This was just as true for me. When I first got a poem published in “Stars in Our Hearts” an anthology of poetry I decided to put together a to do list of all the things that I wanted to get done that revolved around writing and could definitely be attainable if I worked hard enough for them.

My list included:
1. Write a novel and get it published
2. Write a book of poetry and get it published
3. Write a song and have it one day be played on the radio
4. Write for a magazine to get my name out there more
5. Open my own publishing house

I know reading through that list some of it seems to be pretty far out there trust me it scares me when I reread it myself but so far I have been very fortunate to say that I have completed number 2 and 4. Number 1 is underway just making finishing touches and number 3 has become more of a reality also. Being a writer I am constantly being inspired by something I see or hear or smell but the biggest inspiration has to have come from Gary McElkerney who started “The Ultimate Creative Challenge” (TUCC) If it wasn’t for him constantly pushing himself and me getting to see first hand all of the things that he has accomplished such as getting his own novel published and working on a sound track for a movie that hopefully his book will one day be turned into then I would have thrown in the towel a long time ago. I also have to thank Janine Cobain from Writepath NI who has also helped to keep me motivated and on my toes through this process! If you want to be a write then write, if you want to paint then paint, if you want to make jewellery than do it! If you want something then all you have to do is work hard for it and I will say that it absolutely helps when you have unconditional support!

So if you have a to do list or bucket-list then I hope that this blog will help to show you that your dreams really can come true and don’t take no for an answer!

Everything Happens for a Reason

Roisin Donnelly Posted on Mon, May 12, 2014 18:03:25

I know that it has been said a million times and is a well known cliche but the statement “Everything happens for a reason” really couldn’t be more true in my case. It has taken me a little while to get to where I am today and I still have a long way to go but now that I know the path that I want to take the road seems a little less bumpy.

I am an Irish/Canadian writer who has just begun my journey in the literary world and have been trying to make small waves in order to be able to write on a permanent and full time basis. I have been fortunate enough to have made incredible contacts thus far and I really do owe a lot of my success to the people that have helped to keep my spirits up when I wanted to throw down the pen and paper or when my hands and eyes got too tired to type another word or edit another line on my screen and to those who really have believed in me and my talent even when I didn’t believe or trust in my own writing skills.

I guess I have always been a writer just to me they were scribbles on a pad of paper or a notebook. Those few lines that I would need to write down if something had caught my eye or persons experience. And yes I am one of those people who sleeps with a pen and paper beside my bed as you never really know what comes when your mind begins to wanders when you lie awake at night.

It wasn’t until I was 23 that I decided to enter my first poetry competition and when I found out that my poem with being selected for an anthology I couldn’t have been happier and then was surprised when the organisation that had published my poem asked me to write an original piece for another of their anthologies. Even with these first steps under my belt I still didn’t tell people that I wrote it was still a private escape for me. Like reading my writing allows me to escape and wander into another world and I wanted to keep that to myself for as long as possible.

I got the chance then to move back to Ireland and took it without a backward glance! And it was a good thing that I took that leap as it was in Ireland where I met and reconnected with the people that helped me to get to where I am today and keep inspiring me. It took a couple of months for me to settle in and then I got in contact with a publisher about a novel but in the meantime I had continued to write poetry and it was then that I asked if the publisher would be interested in taking a look at my work. It was 3 weeks from that moment when I sent the email to me seeing a hard proof copy of all my poetry bound together with my name on the cover. “Scattered Heart” was real and in my hand! It was a surreal moment for me and once again that feeling of everything happens for a reason hit me!

There are more pages to my story so please stay tuned for whats to come next!


Roisin Donnelly

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