Will beg on demand

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D: A! We don’t beg!

A: We may have to.

D: Why?

A: I’m offering up an opportunity for guest bloggers.

D: Guest… bloggers…

A: Yes, people who are not me, posting words to this site. Potentially interacting with you.

D: A!! Are you leaving me??

A: Yup.

D: NO—wait, wait, this could be fun.

A: It’s good to feel, well, not loved. . .

D: Needed?

A: That’s not it either. You got on pretty well for 10 years without me paying any attention to you.

D: True. Well, what then?

A: Let’s just say it’s good to know you’ll maybe appreciate the loss of me, even if it is just for two weeks.

D: Why, A? Why?!

A: TC is going to Band Camp (is it wrong that I have bad, inappropriate jokes lined up in my head at the mention of that? Yes. Bad Mother Award. Just for you. Thanks, D.)

D: And?

A: And then he’s going up north with my dear sister.

D: So?

A: So, D, that means for the first time in 12 years, I’ll have 2 whole weeks to myself. First Time. Twelve Years. Two weeks.

D: I sense debauchery.

A: D!!!

D: Well . . .

Without TC, there will be no need to flash this... because the cats take no heed!!
Without TC, there will be no need to flash this… because the cats take no heed!!

A: No, I was more thinking of holding court in my dining room, eating only peanut butter from a spoon and finishing as much of the book as I could manage. That means being MIA from the blogosphere, Facebook and I wish, work.

D: Oh.

A: You and I can still chat, if you want, but it will be to prep posts for when I return . . . well, and that writing thing. I’m really wondering how other people might interact with you. You’re a unique fellow, after all.

D: Yes, I’ve seen some choice words when people comment.

A: I love ‘em: Pretentious, Pill, Loveable Jerk, Task master . . . the list goes on! So, it begs the question: Who would like to have a conversation with D?

D: Don’t all clamor at once, now.

A: Ignore him. He’s feeling insecure—

D: I am not!

A: You shouldn’t; you’re pretty awesome, even if you are a pain in the a—

D: Family establishment, A. Hush.

A: Fine, but it still stands.

D: I thought it was sagging.

A: That’s just low.

D: Exactly.

A: Seriously? You’ve been in my head way too long.

D: I know (Sob). Please, someone, give me a break?! Please!?

If you would like to be a guest blogger – by hosting your own conversation with D, sharing some insights of your own about dealing with ornery, ostentatious characters, riffing on the weird, tortuous world inside a writer’s head, or another topic of your choosing – let me know in comments, or email me at ksully1111 (at) gmail (dot) com.

The Druid Tells the Tale

I’m having a great deal of fun while A peruses Jack Flacco’s site. There are Zombies. There are fabulous women who wow  and super heroes. There are random musings and there are zombies. Did I mention Zombies? (Yes, D, you did. You like vampires, I like zombies. It’s the one fantastical thing I have not yet encountered. Wait, the one? Vampires? Really? That’s another story, A. Oh boy.).

A: I want to give a shout-out to the genre-bending Eye Dancers. I love how Michael blends aspects of his story with his topic of the moment. It is always artfully done and always an interesting read.

D: Just in case you’re NOT like A, and want to do something productive with your time, head on over to the Readful Things Blog, because it is time once again for Marketing/Publishing with Harry Steinman. Today’s topic: Cover Art, because yes, everyone does judge those books by their cover. This is why they haven’t put A away yet – she looks so nice and sweet on the outside.

A: Cheers, D.

D: I do what I can.


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.

45 thoughts on “Will beg on demand

  1. Darling, you know you only need ask. Tell me, though — D doesn’t run around without pants on like some bloody savage, does he? I won’t tolerate that kind of debauchery. Let me know how guest blogging works (the logistics of it all) and I’d be happy to contribute.


    1. Woo hoo!! Thank you!

      Oh no – D lived before all that kilted nonsense (although I wouldn’t put debauchery past him). He grew up wearing tunics and breeches but now he actually likes to wear time-appropriate clothing. He’s almost dapper, but don’t tell him I said so.

      I think what I do is invite guest posters to be authors on the page and I can schedule the posts – that way you’re notified if anyone comments?? I’m making some adjustments to the page tomorrow and will figure it all out. it will work one way or another (cue blondie). Thank you again – I really appreciate it!!


      1. I’ve already been formulating the conversation in my head — looking forward to it.


  2. I thought I’d throw my my hat in the ring. It seems D&A share a style with McWhirr and myself. Mcwhirr sails to the land of Saints, Joyce and Yeats. It opens with a volley of cannon over the nose cone…


      1. No more than you are comfortable doing – but perhaps 2? If you find you want to do more, please do so, and I know I will always have an opportunity to use them!


  3. Aww, thanks very, very much for your most awesome mention! That was incredibly sweet of you 🙂 I can’t wait to read some of the guest blogs. Actually, I’m loving the convos between A. & D., I find them hilarious!


  4. Thanks for the shout-out, Katie! And D! I appreciate that.:) I hope you have a great 2 weeks–the peanut butter from a spoon sounds especially nice, I must say!


    1. Thank you – I’m rather looking forward to it myself. Of course, that may be all that I eat! Not having to cook for a ravenous adolescent is going to be fun!


  5. I’m guessing that you are not having any problems with ‘dialogue’ in the book you are writing?
    Enjoy your break.
    Our second [and final] son left home a few weeks ago…… it’s sad and amazing all at the same time [mine won’t be back in two weeks like yours, but he does come and visit].
    Have fun.


    1. Nope, no problems with dialogue at all!! 🙂

      Thank you – I’m sure by the end of the second day I’ll be missing him terribly. Aside from sleepovers, it will be his first extended time away from home.

      Of course, he wants to go to the UK for University, so I had better get used to it (or do what my parents did not and move over there with him – he can live on campus/in town; I’ll find a cottage in the country!)


      1. I could think of worse things than a cottage in the country.
        Our eldest lives in another state and if my missus had her way we would be living next door. I have ‘joked’ that the day after my funeral she will be heading to Adelaide in an RV ready to park it in my sons driveway! There are grandchildren involved, after all!


      2. Of course! Now, I probably wouldn’t go that far, but Tom will have plenty of grandmotherly babysitting on offer, if he needs it (and hopefully not any time soon!)


  6. I’d be happy to do it if you’d have me. Good for you for getting to take a break and focus on your manuscript for two weeks. It sounds like heaven.


    1. Oh, thank you, Andra! I would love if you would do a guest post!

      I’m hoping for heaven, especially if I can wrangle a few days off work. It’s not that the child demands a whole lot of my time now, but not having to feed him will spare me at least two hours a day. 😉


      1. This is very cool, because not only does D love zombies, he adores cowboys and has a very romantic idea of what the American West is like. Despite 1300 years of knowledge bla bla bla, he’s really a boy.

        I think you should invite him into your world and imagine what happens. To sum D up – he’s a time-traveling druid who manipulates myth to achieve his ends. He claims the King Arthur/Merlin thing was based off of him (In other words, he has an ego “THIS BIG!”)! He’s also very honorable and straight-laced, which is why I have so much fun with him.

        I won’t need a post until the 6th, and they’ll run then until the 19th. After that, normal life will resume


      2. He’s been languishing in my brain for 10 years (13 if you count when I actually wrote way back when)… he knows how to entertain himself!! 😉 Besides which, he will not get bored at all, I can assure you!


    1. Thank you, Charles!! I think you’d probably do just fine with D – I’ve been reading your “ask the character” posts!!

      Let’s see – what about how characters – not just writing – interacts with mood and circumstance, or whether or not the characters as they speak in your head are different than how they appear on the page. What do you think?


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