I am a Writer: I am an Artist

I am a Writer

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by | June 10, 2016 · 1:02 pm

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Welcome! Irish Firebrands: Christine Plouvier, Indie Author, invites you to celebrate my first work of fiction. Here you can enjoy the view from a ringside seat, as I conjure up “The Story of the Story,” through blog Posts and special feature Pages. You don’t need to be a WordPress blogger to read this blog, although membership does confer advantages, when it comes to using some functions.


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Home – Here you’ll find the most recent blog posts, with links to related content and older posts in the queue.
About – Read a short synopsis of the book, get links to retailers, read Un-Asked Questions about Irish Firebrands (if you have others, you can use the Guestbook page to ask them), get news about other projects, and find out a bit about the strange life led by the author.
Index – Alphabetical list of blog posts.
Trailer – Links to the Irish Firebrands book trailer videos (external sites).
Sample Chapters – Find Chapter PDF, and Audiobook here, plus back matter from the book. The back matter includes a pronunciation guide, acknowledgments and complete bibliography of works consulted during the writing of the novel.
Lumber Room – Where fun stuff lives after its debut on the home page, or after a blog menu shakeup. Currently includes Audioblog, an experimental work, where selected posts have been recorded as audible files with a text-to-speech generator; and the Ephemera.
Feedback – Contact the author, participate in polls, and rate the blog.
Library – Virtual bookshelf displaying some of the bibliography of Irish Firebrands. (Sorry, images not clickable.)
Shop – Links to purchase Irish Firebrands books.
Learn Irish – Many of the Gaeilge words, phrases, names, proper nouns (and even a song) that appear in Irish Firebrands. Link to an Irish text-to-speech generator.
Downloads – Get printable PDFs of posters, selected blog posts in a newsletter format, and other fun stuff from Irish Firebrands.
The 7 Reasonable Rules of Writing – Are you confused and discouraged because of what the gurus and gatekeepers are telling you about how you “should” write? Get all that sorted out by visiting this page.

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Ask your Library – E-book and paperback sources for public library acquisitions.
Do I Smell Smoke? – Quick link “Table of Contents” for recent blog posts.
Warm Your Hands – Clickable logo links to a sample chapter of Irish Firebrands.
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The Plover Pipes Here, Too – Visit other members of the Firebrands family of blogs.
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Watch Your Language!

IRISH FIREBRANDS: A Novel ~ Christine Plouvier, Indie Author

The Art of Writing is still the predominant form of communication used by educated people, which reinforces the status of Writing as the most powerful Art form. A large and versatile vocabulary – a language’s lexicon – is the source of that power. That’s why the 6th of The 7 Reasonable Rules of Writing requires love for language and loyalty to its complete lexicon.

cassidyAnglophones are thought to be in possession of the largest vocabulary* in the world: The Oxford English Dictionary (OED) estimates English to include somewhere between 615,000 and 750,000 words. Most of them are loan words, which the heirs of the Angles, Saxons and Jutes happily borrowed from many of the world’s other tongues, to supplement their comparatively meager and monosyllabic original vocabulary. The OED estimates that actual English words may currently number about 250,000.

As usual, “experts” disagree about how to classify these words, because…

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Authors’ Anthem.

IRISH FIREBRANDS: A Novel ~ Christine Plouvier, Indie Author

Authors' Anthem

(Click on the image to download a poster of this song.)

Authors’ Anthem.

Do you Hear the Authors sing, a Song of Disenfranchised Pens,
About an Art that’Craft has e’er Co-opted, time & time again?
When the Fire in your Eyes lights on the Words upon this Page,
Your Writing Life will soon be Bright, in The Authors’ Age:

It’s No Matter what your Genre: SciFi, Romance, All are Fit,
To Raise your Voice in Blogs, & Lift all Writing from this Pit!
Historicals ~ Memoirists ~  Paranormals ~ Can Do It!

Do you Hear the Authors sing, a Song of Disenfranchised Pens,
About an Art that’Craft has e’er Co-opted, time & time again?
When the Blood within your Veins etches the Words upon this Page,
Your Writing Life will take the Stage, in The Authors’ Age:

Will you Do All that You Can, so that Our Art may Now…

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From Shaman to Seanchaí: Love, War, and Storytelling.

IRISH FIREBRANDS: A Novel ~ Christine Plouvier, Indie Author

The Gaeilge word for storyteller is seanchaí. The pronunciation of this word varies across the island of Ireland.* These samples are in two of the three major dialects (click on a map to listen):


The earliest stories were told by shamans, whose elocution had the power to inspire hunters to feats of bravery and skill that would enable them to explore new territory, and bring down beasts in sufficient quantity to nourish themselves and supplement the gleanings of their gatherers, back home. Later, the domestication of animals and plants de-emphasized the value of hunting grounds, and changed the significance of soil from simple occupation to legal ownership, because land now possessed the potential to produce food reasonably reliably.

That meant there were more abundant harvests for the picking, especially because fertile territory was likely to be occupied by fertile females. The opportunities for food, frolic and fecundity had increased exponentially. In…

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