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Do You Want The Bad News Or, Um…

I’ve been singing Paloma Faith’s song Do You Want The Truth Or Something Beautiful? in my head all day. So do you want the bad news or the worse news? 😀

In somewhat okay news, the kids went back to school today. (I really need to update my bio because all five kids are too old to be called toddlers – even if they still act like it on occasion). You know they’ve been home too long when my desk organiser thingy is full of Crayola instead of pens and the surface of my desk is covered in Loom bands, Play Doh, half-read fairy princess/horrible science books, and indistinguishable sticky stains. I should take before and after photos. But that would mean finding my phone, and that sucker’s been missing since before Xmas. I should be writing (oh, those famous words), but I need to post some kind of update. And blog posts are words, too, m’kay?

For all of us EU readers, ebook pricing is changing because of VAT. We used to pay VAT based on the retailer’s location, and now we pay depending on our own. In some cases, this is a noticeable hike. (Just… ugh). Every retailer appears to be dealing with this differently, so pricing is going to get muddled for a time. I’ve been pretty… worn out with self-publishing for a while now, and this isn’t helping with the happy happy joy joy. Never mind. I’m sure Ben & Jerry’s ice-cream is on sale somewhere.

Your perspective will tell you if that was the bad news or worse news. 😀 I hate saying this, but I’ve had to cancel this month’s editing (Chaos series) which means that the whole publishing schedule will once again fly off track. I just need my editing fund for other things right now. Can’t be helped. Technically, I could publish Blight next month and be done with it, but I’d hate myself if I didn’t wait for editing. I do not like disappointing people, but if I went ahead and published it without making it as good as I possibly can, then it’d be a worse kind of disappointment, and I’d have stress dreams about it, and I desperately need some sleep. 🙂

My next editing slot is now in March, which sounds really far away. But I’ll try to get another inbetweener story set in Ava’s world (well, hello there, Phoenix) finished between Break You and Blight. I’m not making any promises though, because to be completely honest, I can’t remember the last time I read a book, and all my imagination wants to do is write historical fiction (yeah, thanks a lot, fucker), and I have a lot to do in the real life world, too. I’m basically holding on to the whole writing thing by the tips of my fingers right now. So it goes. Still, I’m going to keep on being ridiculously ambitious and sleep deprived because reasons, and 2015 is going to be the year I get (more) organised. *Swears* (Pretend I’ve never said this before…)

Have a good ‘un!

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  1. Andrea Mann Andrea Mann

    Hi Clare happy new yr just read your post and lol lol I know what you mean about kids I have 4 lol so for me I would say thou I love and am eager to the next installment of your books it would not be good to put out a book if your not happy with it I have waited 1yr for a book what a few months .as for the £ it gos with out saying things change put for good book it’s worth the price to keep reading your world so it’s all good 🙂 and whoo Phoenix I love him and ave no much a peter fan like the his sort story demon dog thou we all have our favourts thou lol so I will keep checking here and amzon and when new books are out 🙂

    • Claire Farrell Claire Farrell

      Happy new year, Andrea!

      Ha, so you understand the madness around here. And thanks for saying all that – I appreciate it so much. 🙂

  2. Maria Maria

    mmmm… Phoenix! *enter drool here* 😉

    Claire we love you, your work and your characters. Take your time and be happy with your work because when all said and done that is what matters most, what you think of your work not what others do. Don’t sweat the small stuff; remember to pause to smell the roses and relax once and a blue moon (but preferably more often).

    • Claire Farrell Claire Farrell

      Thanks, Maria. I’m a little under the weather with something I can’t quite shake, so it probably all just seems a little more impossible than usual to me. 😀

      I’m sort of afraid to ruin the mystery around Phoenix by sharing something in his POV, but we’ll see!

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