Welcome to my blog!    🙂

This blog is destined to show my train of thoughts regarding miscellaneous topics.  Sometimes I am inspired by events around me, sometimes I am inspired by the news.  My posts will be written quite spontaneously.  Two recurring topics are and/or will be ‘book reviews’ and ’10 statements’

My personal motto:

Don’t look back in anger!

10 statements

A typical work day begins with…  black coffee and my schedule.
I lose track of time…  when I am reading.
I have always…  wanted to live in Ireland.
I have never…  been bored.
Home means to me…  being with the ones I love.
I am inspired by…  almost everything.
I would like to meet…  (and discuss with) the Dalai Lama.
My worst character trait…   impatience.
My best character trait…  open-mindedness.
The best advice I was given…  keep an open mind.

Best regards from a confessing book addict.  😉


For short stories please visit my blog http://inasmallcompass.wordpress.com/

167 thoughts on “About

  1. reading your poems, articles and topics makes me smile and start a fresh day. Your writings has a discipline, elegancy, details and precise,

    • Your blog is worth following! Thank you for your praise regarding the Jack Flacco feature. I’ll do my best for creating further interesting posts. 🙂

  2. Hi Karen! What a lovely place you have here! Thanks for stopping by The Brass Rag. Come back and see us often. Thoughtful comments like yours are always welcome.

  3. In my case I lose track of time when I’m writing, many a burnt offering because of it! Often garlic bread gets burnt! Reading too, can be equally absorbing.

  4. Hello Karen
    It’s been awhile since I stopped by. I’ve been a bit negligent of keeping up with posts of late what with other writing and so forth. I’m pleased to hear you’re still making your visits to Ireland, a truly green and lovely country. Also just been reading through some more of your book reviews; I like the succinct but still informative style, and the author bio info you add at the end, definitely something that really adds to a good review.

    • Hello Paul,
      thank you for stopping by again. Every trip to Ireland means ‘coming back home’. Every avid reader who also reviews one day gets her/his own style. I am glad that you like the way I present my reviews.

  5. I have nominated you for the wonderful team member readership award-http://fozzyfitness.wordpress.com/2014/04/03/wonderful-team-member-readership-award/
    you do not have to accept this award just pass as the nomination was a mark of respect for your support and friendship

    • Thank you very much for this honour! I gladly accept the award. 🙂
      A respective blog post will be published within the next days. Thanks again!

  6. Hi there! You have a lovely place here! I especially like your 10 Statements post. Thanks for following The Brass Rag. Please come back and see us again soon, we would love to hear from you.

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    • Thank you very much for the nomination! I am very honoured. Please give me some days to publish a respective blog post.


    • Your blog is worth following! 🙂
      Thank you. It is the short form of a quote by James Thurber; and – admittedly – the title of a great song. 😉

  8. Thanks so much for following my blogs:) really appreciate it and love yours so followed back. Looking forward to reading more.

  9. Hi Karen, thanks for stopping by my blog! I noticed you mentioned you visit Skerries quite regularly…I used to live there!!! But now I live in Co Cavan, which is very different, less cosmopolitan, but very beautiful and chock-full of barely recognised archaeology and mythology, which I love!

    • Hi Ali, it was luck that brought us to Skerries many years ago. We were strolling along Eden Quay and decided spontaneously to take one of the next buses to see where it would take us. I asked a very nice elder lady about the bus she was waiting for – its destination: Skerries. 🙂
      There are some nice shots in my ‘Dublin Impressions’ blog post.
      Your blog is a great find. I will spend a lot of time there.

      • I shall have a look at it, Karen. When were you last in Skerries? We have been gone 7 years now, and it has changed soooooo much in that time!

      • Skerries changed a lot since the 90s. Last time was end of October or beginning of November 2013.
        My stories often feature Irish locations: ‘Directions’ – Skerries, ‘Dundrum Town Centre Witch’ – Dundrum, ‘Nightmare’ – Dublin. (inasmallcompass.wordpress.com)

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    • Thank you very much! Your blog is great – and I have only just begun visiting it. 🙂
      Your photos are awesome. At least every other year I am running around in Dublin and Skerries. I also loved our trip to Galway. Where else do we see these beautiful greyish golden skies?
      Nice to ‘meet’ you, too! 🙂

      • Thank you too! I’m just having a glance over yours and it looks great, I can’t wait to have a proper look (when I’m not in bed sick, I’m feeling very sorry for myself ha).
        Ireland is beautiful, although the weather can get tiresome. There’s a storm approaching. Perfect weather for writing though, right?

      • Thank you. I hope you get well, soon!
        You might want to look at my other blog inasmallcompass.wordpress.com – some of the short stories cover Irish locations; one story was inspired by a friend commenting on weird clouds (in Sweden).
        Happy writing!

  11. I like your personal motto and, like you, I’ve never been bored. I have no sympathy for people who are bored. Thanks for visiting my blog. Nice to meet you in the blogosphere.

    • Thank you very much! A thought like ‘There’s nothing of interest here.’ always triggered my imagination. 🙂
      Your blog is definitely worth following. Nice to meet you, too.

  12. Hi Karen, I notice you’ve put me up for a couple of awards but I don’t get involved in the whole awards thing. It is nonetheless very much appreciated. Cheers, Iain 😀

  13. hello, and thank you for following my blog recently! Now I’m looking forward to having a look around your digital space and seeing where your train of thoughts has lead you..

    • Welcome! I hope you enjoy my blog as much as I enjoy visiting yours! I am looking forward to learning your thoughts about my train of thoughts…

  14. Ireland is blessed. I wrote a post about it, mainly about the wonderful people. I ‘m interested in your “Don’t look back in anger” motto as it reminds me of James Thurber’s comment: “Do not look back in anger,nor forward in fear, but around in awareness.” Anger is a destructive emotion that needs tempering, not temper. I enjoy your thoughts and post. Thank you.

    • Not everybody recognises James Thurber. Most think first about the song ‘Don’t look back in anger’. Awareness is very important; and the bit about anger is a constant reminder that bygones should stay bygones.
      Thank you.

    • Thank you very much. 🙂
      If you are interested in providing ’10 Statements’ including a brief intro, pic, link, motto – please let me know.

  15. I loved your ten statements! Works great. I see you have a blog for short stories, written by you I’m assuming? I’ll have to check it out.

    What book genre(s) are your favorite?

    • Thank you. If you are interested – provide a little description about yourself, your motto and ten statements – and… 🙂
      The short stories (up to now) are all mine. If you would like to contribute a short story – you are very welcome to do so.
      My favourite book genres: crime fiction, fantasy, paranormal, adventure, etc.

      • Sounds awesome. I have some info about me on my “About” page. Come check it out sometime if you haven’t. Thanks. I was looking into your short stories, but haven’t had a chance to read one. Have a job interview today, and doctor’s appointment. Sometimes I hate being busy all the time.

    • The thought of living in Ireland was born when I was 16. I was 28 on my first visit.
      We try to get back there every year. It is truly like coming home.

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