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.
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.
Widget Sidebar (location in sidebar may not match position on this list)
Fireplace Tools – Blog search engine.
Torchlight from the Trailer – Slideshow highlights from the book trailer video.
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Click Image to Shop Irish Firebrands – Click book cover for links to booksellers. Selected retailers in sidebar.
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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I do not find it easy to get sufficiently far away from this Book, in the first sensations of having finished it, to refer to it with the composure which this formal heading would seem to require. My interest in it, is so recent and strong; and my mind is so divided between pleasure and regret — pleasure in the achievement of a long design, regret in the separation from many companions — that I am in danger of wearying the reader whom I love, with personal confidences, and private emotions.
Besides which, all that I could say of the Story, to any purpose, I have endeavoured to say in it.
It would concern the reader little, perhaps, to know, how sorrowfully the pen is laid down at the close of a two-years’ imaginative task; or how an Author feels as if he were dismissing some portion of himself into the shadowy world, when a crowd of the creatures of his brain are going from him for ever. Yet, I have nothing else to tell; unless, indeed, I were to confess (which might be of less moment still) that no one can ever believe this Narrative, in the reading, more than I have believed it in the writing.
~ Preface to David Copperfield. London, October, 1850.
IrishFirebrands is my only finished novel, and it’s written in a limited third person point of view. In its sequel, work-in-progress OnceBurnt, TwiceBlind, the first and last chapters are the only attempts I’ve made to write fiction in the first person, and I’m not sure they’ll stay that way. This is in spite of the fact that some of my favorite stories are told in the first person; however, those books were written a long time ago. An excellent example is TreasureIsland.
Most of the new generation of first-person narratives I’ve sampled have been disappointing. The awkward writing in those books includes narrator self-description, multiple head-hopping, and an excess of “telling” and data-dumping: evidence that the limitations of the first person point of view were too difficult for the writer to work around. I believe…
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