It’s taken sometime but I am delighted to say that I have recovered from a freak accident that I had on 3rd February. Heavy duty shelving collapsed on me and I was severely concussed for 6 weeks with a further month of recovery. I have some lingering joint issues, however, today I’m so relieved to be able to shout out – “I’m back!”

The accident really stopped me in my tracks. To be honest, I genuinely came within an inch of my life and I don’t know what I would have done without Colm my husband, who dug me out from the rubble and I must thank the ambulance crew and the staff at The Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda, for their amazing care.

I completed an interview a month after the accident (the one I was scheduled to do the night it happened with actor Hank Garrett) but quickly realised that I was pushing my recovery beyond my limits. I have only recently been able to increase my device ‘screen time’ (something you can’t enjoy with a concussion. You are warned not to use any devise screens with a brain injury) and in the meantime, I’ve certainly had a lot of time to take stock, reduce and refine my online output and reflect on life. Why? Because this accident happened at home, where we take safety for granted, and that, for me, was incredibly sobering.

There was nothing I could do to avoid this accident, I didn’t cause it and neither did anyone else (I was sitting innocently at my desk preparing to do an interview). It just happened. The ceiling to floor, wall to wall shelving with over 500 hardback books hit me and the floor with a noise I will never forget. I felt shocked, injured, but ultimately very, very thankful to be alive.

Many changes have ensued. One change I have made concerns this blog. I’m going to make it the control centre of most of my content output, so expect to see many more posts on writing (Fantasy, Mystery, Biography, Novels, Singing and Movies) as well as some news content. Over the last 2 years my YouTube Channels #writersblock and #businessblock have taken most of my time but from now on, the is where you’ll find me. To use a fantasy literature term I’ll be ‘worldbuilding’ from here.

So why not jump on now and tell me if you’ve ever had a concussion and how your life was affected by it? I’d love to hear from you.

So from us all here in Ireland’s wonderful Ancient East.

Slán agus beannacht ( Goodbye and God bless)

Miriam O’Gara The Celtress