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There Went the Blogosphere.*

This blog began 2½ years ago, as an attempt to figure out what my brain was doing behind my back, when I wrote Irish Firebrands. Since then, I’ve also spun off a blog site for the historical research behind my primary work-in-progress, The Passions of Patriots. My second work-in-progress, Once Burnt, Twice Blind, doesn’t have its own blog yet, but I hope I can make that happen, as well as develop some other domain names I’ve reserved.

The ides of the month will mark the beginning of another Sneak Peek Week. That’s when I make my blog post of that name stick to the front page, to give other writers a chance to share bits of their works-in-progress, or samples from their published works. Any writer in any genre is welcome to participate (see the blog page, to find out how). Readers are also invited to share what kind of peeks they’d like to sneak.

Another networking opportunity is my blog FUSION FICTION. This is a site that’s meant to unite, encourage, and promote authors who cross genre lines, either by their mixing genres within single works, or across the whole of their output of books. They can publish book covers, trailers, sample chapters, author bios, and blog posts about Fusion Fiction. Like other author promotion blogs, it has general rules for participation, to keep things safe and orderly, and specific qualifications for participation, because it’s for a writing niche. If you write Fusion Fiction, and have sent the sign-up form to indicate your interest in joining, Thank You! I’m saving up entries because it will be easier for me to process several authors at once, so I appreciate your patience. If you’re acquainted with other Fusion Fiction authors, please pass the word.

You don’t have to be Irish to tag along with the Irish Firebrands family of blogs (I’m French and Polish). Regular visitors include international bloggers and authors in all genres, including poetry, short stories, and nonfiction. My following has grown slowly, and it’s still not large, but attrition has been very low, which I hope means that my blog posts have offered value to those who have been kind enough to “like,” comment, and re-blog them.

I’ll be the first to admit that my writing and blogging projects are ambitious, for a person with disabilities that make everything take a very long time to do, but I’m also a person with interests that I’d like to share more widely. So, if you’re an author or an avid reader, please participate in Sneak Peek Week, and if you’ve published mixed-genre works, please come and join Fusion Fiction, to help our community grow over there, too.

I’m usually up late, and I’ll leave the porch light on.

* With apologies to

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Old, New, Borrowed, and Blue.

POP frontcoverNNWM3Many thanks! to the friends of Irish Firebrands who have paused during the resumption of post-holiday business-as-usual and making new habits out of resolutions, to find time to visit and follow the new blog that’s recently joined the Firebrands family: The Passions of Patriots.

Here’s a bit of background for the curious (and for bloggers who may not be novelists):

The Old: You’re writing a sprawling historical, this time. Are you trying to reinvent the great Russian novel?

I’ve always enjoyed history. On the rare occasions when I watch television, the program’s going to be historical, archaeological or biographical. Maybe The Passions of Patriots will also help early twentieth century history to be more accessible to the imaginations of subsequent generations who (perhaps despite their having known some relatives who lived through that time) never thought about the events of those days, except in terms of dates in a textbook. (BTW, I’ve never read War and Peace, nor have I seen any film adaptation of it.)

The New: Here’s a question put by my youngest son, during his visit over the holidays: Why start a separate blog for your next book?

All of the books I have ideas about can stand alone, although they’re connected in a “family saga” way. But I’m not writing the sort of series that’s popular these days (collections of novelettes or novellas). The kind of books I write are in the minor epic range: substantial enough for detailed analysis or discussion over an extended period (the Irish Firebrands blog has just begun its third year). There’s some topical crossover that translates into re-blogs between them, but they each need their own space.

The Borrowed: Irish Firebrands is a contemporary novel. Why change genres? 

New Author Promotion Site from the Irish Firebrands fleet of blogs!For one thing, Irish Firebrands is fusion fiction (there’s a new blog for that, too), so crossing genre lines (whether within or between books) is natural to me. I don’t read just one kind of book, so I don’t write just one kind, either.

For another, I can’t not write The Passions of Patriots. Like its predecessor, its characters want to get out from between my ears, and find new places to live, inside other people’s heads.

It also has to do with things that seemed to be like Chekhov’s Guns, when I was writing Irish Firebrands:

  • After the iron stove was installed on the kitchen hearth, why were the meat spits and their cleevy never removed from above the fireplace?
  • Why was the flagstone floor overlaid with hardwood floorboards? (I don’t think it was necessarily because they were easier to stand on than rock).
  • In a land that was never known for haute cuisine, how did Mamó (Dillon Carroll’s grandmother) get a reputation as an excellent cook?
  • Why did Mamó still keep the old china toilet sets, even after the bathroom plumbing was put in?
  • Why did Daideo (Dillon Carroll’s grandfather) grow an apple orchard instead of other crops, sheep, or cattle?
  • Is there a story behind Daideo’s curly meerschaum pipe? What about that strange piece of furniture, called a settle bed?

(If you’re looking for a synopsis of the new book, it’s moved to the new blog.)

Out of the Blue: You’re writing about the First World War. Is that because of the centennial?

The centennial of the war happening now is just a coincidence. I’m an “organic” or instinctive writer (aka a “pantser”), so I don’t plan anything about my writing. but the topic does happen to address my curiosity about what Father O’Toole told Dillon (in Chapter 30 of Irish Firebrands) about Daideo’s activities between 1916 and 1918: it was an important time in Ireland*, but Daideo wasn’t in Ireland.

* The Passions of Patriots is also about that bit of Irish history, and it deals with events in the Weimar Republic, too. Was I surprised when that came up! It’s been 39 years since the time I lived in Germany.

In the Pipeline: Fed up with leftovers? Would you like to test ethnic recipes? Reply below, or via Feedback>GuestbookAll recipes will be gluten-free adaptations.

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New: In Memoriam Pages.

Your correspondent blogs today from The Passions of Patriots, the eponymous site of her current work-in-progress. All readers of the Irish Firebrands family of blogs are invited to memorialize individuals who served in the First World War, by submitting names, photos and details of service (combat or otherwise) for publication on the blog’s “In Memoriam” pages. Grampa Jim (whose 120th birthday is today) has been enlisted. Can we recruit a platoon of comrades for him?

The Passions of Patriots: A Novel ~ Christine Plouvier, Indie Author

Wreath_of_FlowersSee the menu, above, for a section of the blog where participants in the Great War are remembered. As a non-combat veteran, I feel that we who have not experienced warfare first-hand can never say “Thank you!” enough to those who endured it.

ContactForm is available to submit information about a person you would like to honor there. The required minimum information about an honoree is a name (if all you have is the first initial and surname, that’s okay). You will also need to identify yourself as the submitter, but this can be a descriptive identifier. Please use only the Contact Form to submit an honoree (not a comment form at another post or page).

Because participants who met with physical or psychological harm as a consequence of the war were not always soldiers, this memorial also welcomes any who served their countries during the war, whether or not their duties involved bearing arms; however, honorees do

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