Bits and bobs

“. . . And you, love, what do you do?”

Maureen stared at Jenny Mallory – Mrs. Mallory to her and Sean – barely comprehending the question.

“What do you mean?” she asked, trying to be polite. It was only ten in the morning, but it has already been a long day.

“I mean lass, what do you do? You brought us Eoghan’s parcel, and for that we’re grateful. It’s just that I can’t see allowing a convent school chit and her young man to become involved in what we’re doing.”

Jenny Mallory was small and pleasantly round. She was Eoghan’s contact in Dublin, and he had assured Maureen that Mrs. Mallory would be amenable to the change in plans. Thinking the only thing pleasant about Mrs. Mallory was her plumpness, Maureen decided Eoghan may yet get himself killed, if only because he was a very poor judge of character. 

“We’re sixteen,” Maureen lied. It was almost true; Sean would be sixteen in only a few days. “We have information, we know–”

“Maureen!” Sean hissed. She closed her mouth and shot him an evil glare. He wasn’t supposed to be hovering; she wouldn’t be able to convince Mrs. Mallory properly if he was listening. . .

D: That’s it, A? That’s all you’re going to write today?

A: Well … I’m writing now.

D: Talking to the character in your head and writing it out doesn’t count, A.

A: Translation counts, D.

D: Don’t make me scold you A. You wouldn’t like me if I scolded you.

A: You assume I like you now. And it does count – my world, my rules, Druid.

D: . . .

A: I’m distracted. It’s Monday. It’s beautiful outside. I have no drive, D.

D: Come on, A, just 400 more words . . . on Part 2. You can do it. You didn’t get up at 4:00 this morning like you promised yourself; do it now and then you can play outside.

A: . . . Fine. I’ll put the blog away. I’ll write. I think I have an idea, anyway. But before I do, can I give a shout-out to a dear lady who had some real inspiration?

D: I’ll allow it.

A: Gee, thanks, D.

The lovely Ionia at the Readful Things Blog has started The Community Storyboard. As she says, whether you are a reader or a writer, the site promises to have what you are looking for. It will ‘showcase poems, short stories and anything else that falls into the category of writing.’ Check it out, submit your work and enjoy – it promises to be a fantastic place. I know I’m very excited.

D: Oi, Miss Fancy-Pants A, what am I, chopped liver?

A: D, just because I’m excited about that doesn’t mean—

D: No A, you should say we’re very excited. Don’t leave me out – I’m excited too!

A: Smoke bombs and storyboards, right D?

D: Yep!


Published by Katie Sullivan

Descended of pirates and revolutionaries, Katie Sullivan is a lover and student of all things Irish. Born in the States, she is a dual US/Irish citizen, and studied history and politics at University College, Dublin – although, at the time, she seriously considered switching to law, if only so she could attend lectures at the castle on campus. She lives in Milwaukee with her daughter, two cats and a pesky character in her head named D (but you can call him Dubh). Her first series, The Changelings Saga, a young adult historical fantasy trilogy is available on Amazon. She can be found writing with said character at her blog, The D/A Dialogues.

18 thoughts on “Bits and bobs

  1. I love the witty banter, darling. I also often digress into banter and have to be reeled back in.


    1. Thank you! I think I’m in a constant catch-and-release pond. Luckily my brain ignores the bait every once in a while, and I actually start writing.

      There are more book-related dialogues coming up – I just have to string all my inspired snapshots together so they make something resembling sense!


  2. This was wonderful, Katie. And thanks for promoting Ionia’s new blog…she is the cat’s meow 🙂


      1. Hey Katie…I have a thought…oh, no watch out. How would you like to do a D/A guest character post on my character blog…the one Ionia just wrote for?


      2. I know, those thoughts can be dangerous (or spooky. . . or both!) I would love to do a D/A guest character post! I’ll show my newbie stripes. . . how do I do that – or rather, what kind of content would you be interested in?


      3. Yeah!!! I was thinking that maybe once we get more posts up you could look over them to get the ambiance of the story…then do your D/A creativity that you do so well. Right now the writers are emailing their stories that they come up with. And we go from there. This is a brand new adventure for me! lol


      4. I love letting ideas marinate. I hoping that having the characters write from their own perspective will be easier for everyone?.. That’s what Ionia and I did. I started it off with Vanilla’s story of meeting Diane in the CyberCafe (the post right before Dianes) and the Ionia wrote her perspective of their meeting. It’s kind of fun to play of each other…plus you can fix any inconsistencies in the two stories easily! lol


      5. oh and also your post will link back to your own personal blog so people will check it out as well 🙂


      1. This is why I keep my more rambunctious characters on a tight leash. Though the one I let out recently has shown to be more low key than I expected. I’m suspicious.


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