Irish Green :)

12:00 AM Elizabeth Seckman 31 Comments

Hey there Elizabeth, thanks for inviting me over. I'm having such a good time visiting some great blogs that I might never go back to my own.

Now, Elizabeth mentioned a few weeks back that she liked Irish Green, so that's the one I'm going to tell you about. 

It started as an experiment. I'd been watching Notting Hill - have you ever seen it? Well, there's a scene where Hugh Grant's character is walking along a street as the seasons change to denote the passing of time. It's very effective, and I wondered how easy that would be to do in a short story. 

Ta-da! Irish Green was born. Sometimes my brain is stupidly simple.

Gypsy is the person I could have turned into if I hadn't had some wonderful friends in my life. She's a loner, she likes to be alone because she's not keen on the way other people treat each other, but she also recognises she's missing out. She goes to the student union bar just to have contact with people and she lives in hope that the next kind word will be genuine.


Fun fact: I haven't given the other character in this story a name. This happens quite a lot, I've noticed - I either have the name straight away, or they don't get one at all. Names can be quite cumbersome sometimes.

SPOILER ALERT: This is probably one of my most traditional love stories, because everyone is still alive at the end of the story.


Another fun fact: I only realised when I was taking this photo of the original story, that it started life as a flash piece... Those two pages, with the very generous margins, were the entire story!








About Annalisa
I live in Cornwall, with a good supply of beaches and moorland right on my doorstep. I live with my husband, two boys, a dog and a cat. Despite my location. I neither surf nor sail, and have never had any inclination to try. I much prefer walking along the beach and listening to the waves crashing over rocks. For this reason, I really love the beach in the winter!

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31 comments:

  1. Ha, I KNEW there was a reason I liked this story so much.I do love a traditional love story! :

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  2. Good morning, America! Thanks for having me here today, Liz :-)

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  3. Everyone is still alive at the end and that's unique? Wow, you are tough on your romantic characters.

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  4. Now I'm more excited to read your book, I love the non-traditional stories best. Thanks for sharing your story and glad to see you having a good first day guest posting.

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  5. sweet story, as was notting hill.
    that cover still gives me chills!
    good luck annalisa! and i agree with your iwsg post too, ups and downs!!

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    1. Thanks Tara... hopefully I'm entering a period of more ups than downs :-)

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  6. Hi Annalisa. Great to read your post on Elizabeth's super blog. Loved to hear that you let your characters survive in the book. Nice way to start summer!

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    1. No, there's actually not so much death in these stories. I obviously got more evil as I got older :-)

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  7. Nothing beats the traditional love story!
    Writer In Transit

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    1. Mwhahaha... lots of things do, Michelle - other people do happy endings so much better than me. I just write to my strengths :-)

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  8. Hey Annalisa - great post. Your mind is such an amazing place - I'm in awe of it!

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    1. Lol, thank you Melissa. I've been told it's one of a kind - usually when I say something that begins with 'Don't you think...?' and everyone looks at me in bemusement :-)

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  9. You write a wonderful story, Annalisa. I so enjoyed Cat and the Dreamer.

    Happy Monday, Elizabeth.

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  10. enjoy your blog hop. Glad I could visit this blog. There's just not enough time to catch up with everybody. So - I liked this behind the scenes look at Gypsy. Very cool.

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    1. I know - I'm following more and more blogs, and I keep meaning to be more discerning, but everyone's so friendly it would be difficult not to follow them back! Thanks for visiting :-)

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  11. Yay for traditional love stories! And Annalisa rocks. :D

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    1. Well, as traditional as I get anyway :-) And thanks Morgan, you rock too!

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  12. I love happy endings. It's awfully hard to sleep after you watch a movie late at night that has a depressing ending. In the morning, I usually have left over sadness.

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    1. Happy, sad... sometimes I don't even write an ending at all ;-)

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  13. It's great seeing Annalissa here. Her stories are great whether they have a happy or sad ending.

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  14. I know, I know! Where is Penny the Jack Russell dog and modest internet superstar?

    Greetings human, Annalisa, your wait is finally over. Nice to see you guest pawsting, sorry, posting, on Elizabeth's site. And glad you're having such a good time visiting great blogs and hey, you might just stay here.

    I like Irish Green. It reminds me of when I go out to my garden and um check out the lawn.

    Now, because I'm pawesome, I'll share this on 'Facebark'!

    Pawsitive wishes,

    Penny the Jack Russell dog and modest internet superstar!

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    1. Phew, you're here, Penny! There's definitely a gap when you're not around :-)

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  15. I am laughing at the spoiler alert. You related to George R. R. Martin?

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  16. Happy endings are great! Gypsy sounds awesome!

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  17. Thanks for guest posting Annalisa. It was so relaxing knowing the blog was in good hands!

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