Journal of a Wish

For years I have been reading books about The Great Blasket Island.  It is a very small island in a very large ocean and part of a beautiful country that carries a legacy of brilliant authors, poets and musicians.  To say the utmost-very-least, I am infatuated with it.  The size of this island is:  1.656 mi².  It has not been fully inhabited since the 1950’s.   There are people better than I that have written about its history, its people, its beauty.

I dreamed of going there.

In 2019 I did go there.

It reinforced everything I had ever read about it.  From the words of people who lived there, survived there, had opinions there, danced and sang there, existed there.  Great writers:  Peig Sayers, Tomás Ó Criomhthain/Tomas O’Crohan, Maurice O’Sullivan and more.

Their words pulled me, tore at me and harnessed me to a dream to be there.

My time there was very short.  I did spend the night, in Peig Sayers cottage.  I sat in the cottage she last lived in on the island before leaving.  I stared through the windows, at the ocean, at the seals, at the sky.  At the world  that she and the other islanders would have seen upon waking every morning.  I walked the paths, I wondered the village, I loved it even more.  I could imagine her life because of the words she left behind.

I dreamed of what it would be like to live there.  Even for a short time.  I stayed awake as long as I could while there.  I didn’t want to sleep my time away.  I took many videos of the night, hearing the wind talk to the island, and the fire crackling for my attention.

When I returned home the island didn’t leave me alone.  I would go to bed at night and lie there imaging the wind, the crackle of the fire and the island still speaking to me.  I spent months going to sleep with the idea of living there and what it would be like, creating a wish to help me fall asleep.  It became so powerfully implanted in my thoughts I would dream about it.  I started to write it down.  I decided it was like a journal of a wish.  Being able to live in this world I had such a short glimpse of.

I wrote about ‘me’ though it isn’t me.  It’s the journal of a wish of who I would be if I did this.  If I could do this.  I based my ‘wish’ on my experience.

Here I am sitting at a cottage on the island.  Interesting little fact about me, I am not fond of the color yellow.  But the color of this door called me.  The cottage I created in my writing, to live in during my wish is not this cottage, but the color of the door is what kept popping up in my head.

Yellow Door

Sitting right here, and in other places along the island, are some of my most peaceful moments in life.  I can’t believe my good fortune to have been there, to breathe that air.  To see those views.  To walk those paths.

So.  I wrote.  I created a journal of a wish if I was the kind of person who would pack up, give or sell everything I have to leave one life and start another.

I don’t count myself among the greats who have written from Ireland, from the Aran Islands (the start of my fascination with Ireland’s beautiful islands), from the Great Blasket Island.  But I went there.  I wrote there.  And in my imagination, those who lived there and wrote from there would understand my desire to do the same.

The name of my book is Yellow Door, The Journal of a Wish.

If you have any desire to do so, here are the links to the book currently at  It will be available on and but that won’t occur for another 4 weeks or so.


YELLOW DOOR paperback


And if you ever get a chance to read Yellow Book I would greatly appreciate a review.

Thank you.  And I hope you have a wish or a dream that keeps your imagination fully engaged and enhances your dreams.


25 thoughts on “Journal of a Wish

  1. That sounds interesting, I’ll wait for Amazon to have it. … I read yesterday that they are looking for someone to live there , free food and accommodation. All you have to do is run its small coffee shop and manage the island’s accommodation. Does that not sound great? pasted from the article…..
    ….Looking to move somewhere lesser-known? The remote Irish island of Great Blasket is on the hunt for a couple to move to its shores for seven months — and, best of all, both food and accommodation will be free. 
    Before you pack up your bags, it’s worth knowing that in order to live on the island you’ll have to be able to run its small coffee shop and manage the island’s accommodation. ….

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    • Oh Ute, I can’t even begin to tell you how many people have sent me the article(s) because they know how infatuated I am with this place. This book is truly me living my dream in my fictional thoughts. I hope when you get it you will enjoy it. I apologize amazon doesn’t have it out yet. But they take longer to get things out because of whatever process they go through. But thank yoU! And thank you for the article. I could read it every day….though I probably shouldn’t or my family may wonder where I disappeared to…… 😉

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    • I’m sorry about the link Peter. The site has been unresponsive here for much of the weekend. Though I checked before I posted and it seemed to be working. But thank you for wanting to read it. And thank you about the picture, I do love it as well!

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  2. Oh dear wise one I just bought your last copy of your book from Amazon. I am so excited to read it. I can’t believe you made this wonderful journey and then wrote this lovely sounding book. I read every review on Amazon. It sounds amazing. It may not get here until the first of April but I love to hold and smell books. This will be a treasure when it comes in the mail. So excited. Love and hugs to you my wise friend. ❤️


    • I’m very excited you will be reading this Joni. I’m very grateful. I have been trying to get the book off of Amazon. The wrong file was uploaded. It is an unedited file. But I can’t seem to get them to stop. And if I try anything else I will lose the reviews on Amazon and Lulu. The story is the same. You will just see typos etc. Please let me know what you think. 💛💛💛

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      • I too am very excited to read your book. I read every review and they were great reviews. Of course I will write a review once I have read your book. It is taking a while to get here. It was the last printed copy Amazon had. I am so excited to read your work my wise friend. What an amazing and brilliant idea to write about adventures on this island where you actually stayed one night. Wishing you a blessed weekend and sending my love. ❤️❤️❤️ Joni

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        • As a side note….I was checking my lulu page and found this book was listed for OVER THIRTY DOLLARS! The qualms of self publishing. I’ve fixed it. But wow. I have no idea how that has happened. Anyway, thank you again. 🙂

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          • I was happy to pay the thirty dollars. I will have your book the rest of my God given life, so it is a deal if you look at it that way. Sending love my wise friend. I will let you know when I get it. ❤️🤗🦋🌻

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            • You didn’t have to pay $30 at amazon did you????? I have NO idea what’s going on. I don’t get a report on Amazon sales until a month later. If they haven’t shipped yet can you cancel it? I can send you one cheaper.


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