ROPES profile photo by Mom!

ROPES profile photo by Mom!

Hi, are you here because of my ROPES profile? Happy to have you. We’ve all been working very hard on #ROPES2013, and our efforts are about to pay off!

The book should arrive from the printer any day now, and we’ll be doing online pre-sales over at our WordPress blog, ROPESgalway2013. If you’re in Galway, we’ll be having a launch during Cúirt International Festival of Literature, at 5pm on Friday, April 26. And, of course, you can always find us on Twitter and Facebook, if you haven’t already.

ROPES is a literary journal produced by the MA in Literature and Publishing at NUIGalway. In honor of our 21st birthday, the theme is “Coming of Age” and all proceeds will go to Jigsaw Galway. The book will be sold at all fine bookshops in Galway following the launch.

This was fun!

All throughout July, I participated in a Pinterest/Instagram/Twitter photo project called #dailybookpic. Proposed by Cassandra Neace of Indie Reader Houston* and BookRiot, the daily prompts ranged from current read to reading glasses to book fetish to did not finish.

I was thrilled to make several of BookRiot’s daily lists of featured photos (I had seven photos chosen, to be precise). I also used the different uploads on Pinterest and Instagram in order to publish outtakes of each day’s photos (although I have to admit, I still don’t really like Instagram).

Sometimes the serendipity of the day’s assignment and whatever was going on in my life was spooky. On July 11, for example, the prompt was new release, and that very same day I just happened to win a copy of Cheryl Strayed’s new book Tiny Beautiful Things from BookPeople.

I think my favorite photo – and I’m not just saying so because this blog has an Irish theme – is my book and beverage photo (July 6). My boyfriend got strep throat over the Independence holiday, and only let me coddle him when I promised there would be whiskey involved.

I made us some hot toddies with two types of whiskey (Tullamore Dew and Michael Collins), raw honey, cloves, and lemon, and told himself to pick out a book so I could stage my #dailybookpic photo. Darling that he is, he chose the copy of How the Irish Saved Civilization that he gave me before my trip to Ireland eight years ago.


*I think she is changing the name of her blog soon… to Houston Reader.

Ethical Editing

Two stories that broke today got me thinking about literature and publishing.

First, Jonah Lehrer resigned from The New Yorker after Tablet Magazine called out the fabricated Bob Dylan quotes used in his book Imagine, published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in March 2012.

Then #countriesbyvoguewriters began trending on Twitter in response to the Newsweek article by Joan Juliet Buck that told her side of the story surrounding the glowing March 2011 Vogue profile of Asma al-Assad, the first lady of Syria.

All of which led me to ask: