Take me home tonight

editing2D: what are you doing, A?

A: What does it look like I’m doing?

D: Wasting time with that book—

A: I am not wasting time, D – the book is research. I needed to know just how much of Ireland in the 1950s spoke Irish and if Mayo was in the Gaeltacht or not.

D: And for those of us who have no idea what that meant?

A: I’m trying to determine if it would have been accurate for Sean and Maureen to have some conversational skill with the Irish language. Because believe you me, Grace O’Malley did not have conversational skill in English.

D: Fine, woman – this is all a diversion anyway. Editing is not writing.

A: And what would you have me write?

D: Book 2! Book 3! Both, at the same time!

A: Just because it would be fun to make me crazy?

D Crazier, A. Crazier.

A: Cheers, D.

D: Fine – you can take a rest from the series. But you should keep writing.

A: There are no thoughts in this head beyond “Gaeltacht” and “Rummage Sale” (this weekend, anyone in WI who needs Thomas the Tank Engine Toys and cookbooks, this sale’s for you!), so I’m going to have to ask you again, what would you have me write?

D: Well, there’s that prompt over at the Community Storyboard. . .

A: No.

D: Why not?!

A: Seriously? They’re all fantastic reads, certainly, but I’m rather at a loss for inspiration.

D: What am I if not your muse?

A: Oh my god, no.

By Green Embers
By Green Embers

D: Why not? I’m damned good looking – just look at the drawing Green Embers drew of me.

A: And therein lays the problem D. It’s bad enough having a decently—

D: Damned good looking. Say it with me.

A: Handsome (happy now?)

D: (Ecstatic. Please, continue.)

A: It’s bad enough having a handsome, epic, warrior-prince and druid in your head prattling on about his glory days as a god-impersonating time-traveler. Sensual is on your list, but please, for the love of god, don’t make me illustrate it with words right now. I still have to sleep at night.

D: There was a compliment in there somewhere.

A: Maybe. Don’t let it go to your head.

D: Speaking of which . . .

A: Oh, D. Seriously!? No.

D: You never take me anywhere!

A: I’m pretty sure I heard about a pole and some risqué dancing at Ionia’s in celebration of her victory. You don’t need me to go places.

D: I’m afraid I have no recollection of this pole and dancing of which you speak.

A: So there was no blue ribbon under your kilt?

D: Didn’t say that.

A: I don’t want to know.

D: On second thought, I think it’s better all around if we leave this week’s prompt to the others. There are some things I’d rather you not illustrate with words . . . or imagine with that overly fertile mind of yours.

A: And common sense has prevailed.

D: You still don’t take me anywhere.

A: Spoke too soon.

Enjoy – and submit to – Erotica Week at the Community Storyboard ! There are some luscious stories to be had!

Are there genres that you might enjoy but just don’t know how craft the words to explore yourself? What about reading – what genre can you just not read?


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.

14 thoughts on “Take me home tonight

  1. I have trouble with fantasy or sci-fi where they have to invent a whole new language, to the point where they have to add an appendix in the back for your reference. Yeah, I’m talking to you, Frank Herbert!
    So of course, the novel I’m writing has special invented words. Go figure.


    1. Of course it does 🙂 Because invented words really are the best kinds. I often find myself cursing Frank Herbert and then reading all his books all over again just for the wonderful torture (although, I’m a Dune heretic – I prefer the Pandora series).


    1. He flexes them on purpose, just to annoy me. Luckily, in my head, he’s pretty much covered head to toe with a cloak.

      I don’t read chick-lit or romance either. Unless Barbara Michaels/Elisabeth Peters could be considered chick-lit/romance? She’s more gothic and benign mystery/adventure though. I have a hard time wrapping my brain around the techy side of sci-fi, unless it’s Frank Herbert, and then I just love the mental flogging.


    1. Green was very kind to D.
      And young or old – that’s the problem with time travelers – they show up and you’re never sure which version they are!! (And, the character study that Green drew him from was taken from the first book – a relatively young D!)


    1. I get bored with bad historical fiction – like if I know the premise is all wrong (downside of being a history major once upon a time).
      Still not sure (unless… wait, I have it. My name is D for Thursday just got way funnier in my head. Wrong, but funny.)


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