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 lulu.com.  It will be available on amazon.com and barnesandnoble.com but that won’t occur for another 4 weeks or so.

Paperback:

http://www.lulu.com/shop/c-faherty-brown/yellow-door/paperback/product-24385958.html

eBook:

http://www.lulu.com/shop/c-faherty-brown/yellow-door-journal-of-a-wish/ebook/product-24393273.html

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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19 thoughts on “Journal of a Wish

  1. Congratulations with your book, Colleen 😀 Very well done.
    I would like to read it a little later, as I have several books, as I need to read first. I try to read from one end and I’m not good at it.

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  2. I just ordered it since it sounds like exactly what I need as I begin the new year!

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  3. utesmile says:

    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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  4. tarafaherty says:

    This is fantastic! I’ve never wanted to go to a specific spot on this globe than I do now!

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  5. I can’t get either link to work here Colleen. I’ll await the Amazon listing. I love that photo!

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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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  6. joycee says:

    What a great idea to have a journal of a wish! That’s a beautiful pic… and that yellow door does wonders for the composition.

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  7. beth says:

    this is such a wonderful dream come true. I can’t wait to read your book –

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