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Summer’s End

I’ve sent out a bunch of beta reading copies (if you were supposed to get one and didn’t, let me know), and I’m tired of the stuff I’ve been working on, so I thought I’d blog before the kids go back to school next week. I know the beta reading came out of nowhere, but it was a last-minute decision partly based on himself being sick of me whingeing (Why is this word so hard to spell? It never looks right.) about the story forever. 🙂 I should have set it up ages ago, but I kept tweaking details. Even after I announced it, I spent the day messing with the story. Not the best idea!

As predicted, I’m sad that the kids are going back to school. I’m scared for my eldest going to secondary school for the first time. It’s such a long day, and the rest of the bunch will miss having him around. We’re at that stage of the holidays where everyone’s a bit subdued because the thought of school is over their heads again. Overall this summer, I’ve had a lot going on, but I mostly managed to squeeze in writing/editing whenever I could. My youngest will be finished school at the same time as most of the others for the first time this year, so that kind of widens my schedule a little.

I’ve had blue hair for a few months, and I dyed the ends of four of my kids’ hair in various shades, but the haircuts for back to school are swiftly approaching. My kids are so sad to lose their crazy colours that I might get rid of my blue in solidarity. It wasn’t the best colour for the heat we had in June/July. I spent about a month waking up every morning with a blue neck and face, so I’ve been called a smurf all summer. 😀

I changed my blog, by the way. It’s not finished – I think I said that last time and never finished it. :/ I need a nice header, and I have to fill out a bunch of pages, but I’m glad I switched things up because it was hella boring. Not that it’s particularly mind-blowing now, but I think it’s neater.

Just realised the title of this post makes me think of direwolves in the worst way. The vet recently recommended we euthanise one of our dogs, so that’s put a dampener on things lately. Also partly why the beta reading happened – desperately needed a distraction. We haven’t yet decided what to do, and even if we do make that decision, the timing feels wrong. Losing our bunny this year was hard for the kids, I can’t imagine how they’ll take losing a dog they’ve all grown up with. I feel like I grew up with this dog. I work with this dog mouthing on my feet like a puppy every day. I don’t know how to get to that point where I feel ready to let go, but by then, a certain line will have already been crossed, and it will feel too late instead. It’s all a bit shit.

It’s the end of the summer holidays, but technically, here in Ireland anyway, August is the first month of autumn. I hope September chugs along better than we expect. I wanted to start blogging more frequently, but I have a one-track mind at the moment, so I’ll probably continue with a monthly update for the rest of the year.

So, yeah. I know this post looks long, but I deleted another 1,000 words of it. I think that might be a sign I need adult conversation. 😀



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  1. Benita Davis Benita Davis

    I know what it is like to make the decision of whether or not to put your fur baby to sleep. I had to put mine down in February of this year and it still hurts. My Aku was in pain, hip dysplasia, tumors, and labored brearhing; but he was still trying to hold on for me. So I had to let go for him. Just know your baby will be in a better place and not suffering. You will know when it’s time. Sending positive, comforting energies to you and your family.

    • Claire Farrell Claire Farrell

      If she was suffering, it would be an easier decision. Thanks for the kind thoughts, Benita. So sorry about your boy.

  2. andrea andrea

    sorry to here about you bunny 🙁 through out the years I have be reading and writing on your blog they kinda became a part of you’re extended family to me always nice to read about your family.
    sadly I missed the blog for bate reads but must admit I am look forwards to when your new series comes out love you work I know you always judge yourself and are nerves when writing your stories and second guessing you witting although not a nice feeling for you I think this make you human and a great writer I have as you know read all you books and you haven’t not once disappointed me this is what I tell my friends and groups when I recommend you books your an unique writer and your books never fall in to the line of cliché that most writers’ IMO tend to do in book series so give your self a pat on the back for a job well done for once and do worry your reads love your work 🙂

    • andrea andrea

      sorry I meant don’t worry lol 🙂

    • Claire Farrell Claire Farrell

      Thanks, Andrea. I am my own biggest critic all right! Himself keeps telling me to just release what I have done over the last two years, but I just can’t do it. I reached a point last week with the new series where I said I was trashing the whole thing, but he talked me down again. 😀 On one hand, I’d love for everyone to read all of the new stuff just to see what you all think, but I’ve turned into the biggest chicken. All I can do right now is keep on keeping on. Thanks again – you’re always boosting my confidence. 🙂

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