Raggedy Witch Animation

So while I’ve been working away on my agent’s notes for Book Two, I’ve also been fiddling with some animation for next year’s Raggedy Witches music video (I need to hand a timed reel over to the musician soon, so he can get on with writing the music)

Just realized I can do animated gifs from the main timeline!

It’s got to be a crime to be having this much fun.

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Going Dark

I’m taking  the next two weeks off in order to finish book two of Wild Magic. I’ll literally be sending the Internet out the door so won’t be accessible at all via mobile phone, twitter, Facebook  or email.

Be good to each other while I’m gone. Be brave. Be critical. Resist.

See you on the other side,


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Raggedy Witch Conceptual Sketch

Been messing around a fair bit today, drawing conceptual artwork in preparation for the Raggedy Witches: Wild Magic animated video I hope to make next year. Mup and the Raggedy Witches may not stay looking like this but I quite like this image…



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Seriously : Leslie Odom Jr, Sara Bareilles

This. This. This. The beauty and power of this.

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Octocon 2016 : schedule and sales room

I’ll be at a guest at Octocon  again this weekend! In case you don’t know, Octocon is a SFF convention held in Dublin – and one of the very few I feel comfortable attending. It’s small, friendly, and very creative-oriented which means it features a wealth of in-depth, stimulating (and fun) conversations between panels of professional writers and artists every year. I highly recommend it for anyone who is interested in reading/writing or viewing anything SFF oriented.

This year I’ll have a sales table (I don’t usually) As a tribute to my designers I’ll be selling those international editions of Moorehawke, Resonance and Into the Grey which feature my favourite covers and which aren’t usually available in Ireland.

I’ll also be selling Moorehawke, Resonance and Into the Grey related badges 😀 (see photo below)

Moorehawke, Resonance and Into the Grey badges.

Moorehawke, Resonance and Into the Grey badges.

OK, so below is my schedule for the weekend, if you feel like catching up with me specifically. You can also probably catch me in the sales room between panels. CLICK HERE for the full schedule and all the other fantastic guests 

Celine’s Schedule 

The Feels Panel: Punching People In The Heart

Friday 19:00 – 20:00, A. Tivoli/Yeats room (Camden Court Hotel)

Why do we like to be emotionally tortured by the fate of fictional characters? How do you break the frozen heart? Feels & How To Generate Them: a guide from the masters of making us cry.

Janet O’Sullivan (M), Diane Duane, Michael Carroll, Celine Kiernan


Saturday 10:00 – 11:00, A. Tivoli/Yeats room (Camden Court Hotel)

From the Wee Free Men to Star Trek to Judge Dredd, what are the elements you have to protect and where can you get away with innovation beyond style when moving from one medium to another?

Michael Carroll, Rhianna Pratchett, Diane Duane, Peter Morwood, Celine Kiernan, Janet O’Sullivan (M)

The Arc of Women’s Fandom

Saturday 14:00 – 15:00, E. Wexford room (Camden Court Hotel)

On the spaces women have been carving out for each other in fandom, the fandoms women create, and how those spaces can get taken away and reclaimed. Who are the women who built these spaces? What makes these spaces worth fighting for when they no longer feel safe? What makes women-led fandom unique?

Ruth F. Long, Maura McHugh, Celine Kiernan, Fionnuala Murphy (M)

Writers vs. Animators

Saturday 17:00 – 18:00, A. Tivoli/Yeats room (Camden Court Hotel)

Creating animation is a complex and sometimes rewarding process. Explore the path of the creative energy that crackles from one side of the drawing board to the other.

John Vaughan (M), Diane Duane, Peter Morwood, Celine Kiernan, Paul Bolger

Late Night Panel: LGBTQIA Representation In Genre Fiction

Saturday 19:00 – 20:00, C. Gaiety room (Camden Court Hotel)

We have gone from minor characters to major characters to being worried who represents us. From dying in the first act to being the lead. What works of fiction are moving LGBTQIA representation beyond being “those poor unfortunate souls”?

James Brophy (M), Dave Ferguson, Danielle Lavigne, Lora O’Brien, Ruth F. Long, Celine Kiernan

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Identity & Narrative: A Response to Lionel Shriver

Foz Meadows’ excellent dissection of all that was wrong with Lional Shriver’s Brisbane keynote address.

shattersnipe: malcontent & rainbows

There is, I’ve come to realise, a certain type of hypocrisy that occurs when eloquent, successful practitioners of reflexive self-defence neglect to consider the consistency of their arguments. It’s a tactic which relies in large part on those arguments not being written down or otherwise recorded: it’s much harder to establish that your interlocutor is contradicting a prior claim if they’ve never made it to your face, or if no handy verbatim record exists, and especially if they deny ever having said it. Your memory must be to blame, or else your comprehension: either way, they’re in the right, and will doubtless continue to be so.

Unless, of course, a transcript is produced.

Lionel Shriver is not an author whose books I’ve ever read for the same reason that I’ve never subjected myself to Jonathan Franzen: the woes of modern day, middle class white people is a genre in which I have…

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a little defiant, sparkly, strutting love

Because the world needs a little defiant, sparkly, strutting love today

(Erasure: The Innocents: 1988)

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