Warning: Here be Splinters

Castle Hill House Image: Google Images
Castle Hill House, 8 Group HQ
Image: Google Images

A: Did you know that the De Havilland Mosquito was made of wood – plywood, balsa and birch?

D: I do recall something of that nature. If I remember correctly, that is why I had no interest in flying in one of them.

A: So, the immediacy of the war, death, danger and the fact that you never saw a plane before you were exiled from Faerie and sent to 1944 wasn’t part of that reason?

D: And the plane was made of wood.

A: You sailed to Ireland in a boat, didn’t you?

D: Yes, but I can swim, A. I cannot fly if the aeroplane disintegrates.

A: Point taken. See, this is why I don’t use you as a research source.

D: Not that you use your research, anyway.

A: What’s that supposed to mean? I did! I found this great book, Pathfinder, by DCT Bennet (head of 8 Group) that I’m seriously thinking of getting. Then there is the name, location and pictures of a convenient convalescent military hospital for the Druid/soldier with no memory. I saw where the Path Finder Force’s headquarters were in 1944 and I know which squadron of 8 Group flew the Mosquito. I even have a suspicion that the mission on March 30 was pretty much a cluster. It could be suggested, in fiction, anyway, that someone on the German side knew what was going on that night. All in all, it is a perfect backdrop for an interlude.

D: An interlude?

A: It’s kind of like a flashback, but with dips and music, so it’s more fun.

D: I think that is a shindig vs a gathering, A. And stop comparing me to Buffy.

A: Yes, but you lurk.

D: You defy reason.

A: I know. Your patience and forbearance are appreciated, D. Really. They are. No, seriously. Stop looking at me like that.

D: I am not looking at you, I am looking at your name on the menu – what did you do to the blog, woman? And wait! Why is it so clean in here?

A: You’re just noticing this, now?

D: I was distracted by plywood planes and interludes.

A: (Eye roll) I cleaned up the blog, and my name is up there because this blog just got a baby sister.

D: I’m not changing diapers.

A: . . . um, okay. By baby sister, I meant I created an author site.

D: And what does one do with an author site?

A: List credentials–

D: Wait, you have credentials?

A: Stop laughing.

D: (Guffaws)

A: No, seriously D. Stop.

D: (Snickers).

A: Any time now.

D: (Giggles into his sleeve. Snorts).

A: Oh, that’s just disgusting. Here’s a tissue. Blow. Gross.

Perhaps credentials wasn’t the right word, but a quick overview of my work, where else I can be found and how to connect with me on the interwebs. It has a blog component that will sum up where I’ve been on the blogosphere, as well as a recap of our thrice-weekly posts here. Nothing fancy, just another way to promote myself.

D: You mean, when you would rather people not know that you talk to imaginary characters.

A: I’m a writer, that’s pretty much a given, D. Plus, I link directly to the blog here, so hiding you is out.

D: You could never hide me, A.

A: (Sigh) Oh, don’t I know it!

D: Speaking of authors with real credentials–

A: Oi—

D: John W. Howell, Marie Ann Bailey and Pamela Beckford have been published in Issue Six of the Paperbook Collective!

A: Congratulations, you three – that’s wonderful news!

D: And Briana is celebrating her blog’s one-year anniversary with a sale on A Girl Named Cord.

A: We should also mention that Charles completed the draft of another Legends of Windemere novel.  Head over there and congratulate him, and then stay for the song in the post (what, I’m feeling nostalgic for the Verve!). That heady feeling of being done never gets old!

D: And should you feel the need to be inspired, Papi Z has a prompt over at the Literary Syndicate.

A: I feel inspired.

D: Oh, do tell!

A: I feel inspired to have a cup of tea, write 500 words and then go to bed.

D: Don’t tell me this post counts towards that number.

A: It does not, D. You may actually get to Tír na nÓg when I’m done this evening.

D: Wonders never cease. No time to waste then – good night folks! A has to sign off before she gets distracted again!

A: Cheers, D. Goodnight everyone – thank you for reading1


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.

22 thoughts on “Warning: Here be Splinters

  1. Thanks for the shout-out, Katie … whoops, I mean, D 😉 For some reason, I get you two mixed up at times (heh, heh). Your author site is awesome. So is the blog makeover … nicely done 🙂


    1. 😃 D says you are most welcome – believe me, his sweetness comes out only for a chosen few! (Although, he really is the decent sort, just snarky and riddled with ego!)


  2. I’m loving the 1944 war history you’re throwing at us. I’m a WWII buff myself and really enjoy these little snippets you’re including! BTW, I know I’ve mentioned this but I’ll mention it again–I’m loving the look of your blog! Very clean, uncluttered, organized and accessible! Good job with that!


    1. Full disclosure: my knowledge of WWII extends to movies like “Mrs. Miniver” and Schindler’s List and what they teach in high school. I love the era, but I did not know much about the war itself (again, beyond high school). I’m enjoying my research, but there was a moment there where I thought I might have gotten in over my head – figuring out the Group of the RAF they were in was bad enough, but then I had to determine the squad, too? Yikes. Thank heavens for the Mosquito, because it really narrowed down my options!

      And thank you – I’m happiest with an uncluttered look. I studied sites I liked, and what I liked about them (yours being one of them) and went from there. It feels clean, and that makes me very happy!


      1. RAF ruled back then! And thank you for using my site as a template for your site (or at least a repository for ideas). I’m flattered! Keep up the good work–you’re doing great, Katie! 🙂


  3. My grandmother worked on building the Mossie during the war… in an envelope tucked away with her effects I have a small square of the cloth covering taken from one of the aircraft back from service and in need of repair.


    1. Sue, that is so cool! What a lovely bit of living history
      I took one look at those planes, and knew that was the plane my characters flew. Then I found out it was made of wood – and how impressed the German engineers were with it – and it just made the plane even neater.


      1. I remember seeing it fly… some years ago now. The old planes always fascinated my sons… we had them dangling from their ceilings…and went to every airshow and museum we could. It was a beautiful plane in flight.


      2. I’ve always loved older planes, but it was my dad that was really enthralled with them. How neat that you got to see one of then fly! I’m lucky to live nearish a decent avionics museum – I’ll have to see what kind of war-era planes they have (day trip, when it gets less-likely-to-snow!)


      3. I have wonderful photos taken a few years back .. my youngest saved up for a birthday flight in the Dragon Rapide… and the same day we saw 13 Spitfires in the air at once at Duxford for the anniversary flight… a fabulous day… with the rest of the Battle of Britain Memorial flight there too.


  4. The blog looks splendid! Thank you very much for the shout out! D, you are hilarious! And Billy has been asking about you. He says its been too long since your last visit. 🙂


  5. Hehehe, you two crack me up. Congrats again on your author site. Very cool.

    On a side note, I dunno how you went through the theme finding. I about want to shoot myself. So many themes and I have little issues with the ones I like.


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