My weekly challenge to myself is to click ‘Random Article’ on Wikipedia, write about whatever topic comes up, and connect it in some way to writing. At the moment I’m awaiting the publication date for my next novel, ‘Irish Inheritance’, and I’m wondering if it’s coincidence that last week’s random article was about some Irish islands, and this week’s is about an Irish road!
The article was about the R694 road in County Kilkenny, a 10 miles stretch of road between two small villages. Although I’ve been to Kilkenny, I don’t think I’ve been on this road. However, the article did make me think of various roads I have travelled on in Ireland.
On my first visit about 6 years ago, it seemed that practically every road had roadworks! The M50 motorway around Dublin was one set of works after another with the traffic diverted either to the right or left, depending on where the work was being done. It wasn’t just the major roads either. We were held up for ages on this small road in County Tipperary, when a large truck tried to squeeze past road works there!
Linking the topic of roads to writing is an easy task, because whenever we’re writing we’re on some kind of road. Here are some of my ‘road’ photos taken in Ireland to illustrate what I mean.
|Connemara with the Twelve Bens ahead|
When all’s going well, we’re on a clear road with a good view of our destination:
|Road across the Burren in County Clare|
Sometimes, however, we’re passing through barren land, when ideas are in short supply.
Other times we meet something that blocks our way, until we find out how to get through.
(Not easy to see but there was a barrier blocking the way here, in Galway City)
It’s easy to be distracted from the view by something unexpected but maybe that distraction is just what you need for your next chapter!
Sometimes you set off down a road with no idea where it's going or what you'll find around the next bend.
|Near Croagh Patrick in County Mayo|
And of course there are plenty of times when we simply have no idea which way to go next!
But here’s wishing you a good straight road with no problems, and a clear view ahead.
What kind of road are you on right now?