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Month: November 2017

A Final Farewell

Sorry for the overly-dramatic title, (couldn’t help myself) but I’ve been working on some stuff all week, and I’m finally ready to, well, say goodbye, I suppose. I am hanging up my pen. This decision hasn’t come lightly, but a choice had to be made, and while I am upset, I know it’s necessary.

For well over seven years, I’ve had the most amazing, life-changing opportunity, mostly thanks to the complete strangers who read my books. I started publishing the little stories I make up because I needed to do something for my family, and it grew into so much more than that. This is the longest I’ve committed to pretty much anything; this was the one thing that was harder to give up than to keep. However, nothing remains the same, and now my family needs different things from me. I had a great run of following my dreams, but stepping back from this is what’s best for my family right now – it’s time to take care of home and health instead.

I’ve thought a lot on how to go about this. I considered unpublishing my work, but I couldn’t bring myself to do it. Too final for a decision that didn’t come easy! Instead, I’ve decided to set every story of mine for free (which takes time, so do not pay for any of them if you see a price). Going forward, I’ll try to work on the Harbinger stuff and release that for free, too, when the time comes. I don’t currently have a time-frame on that. I might also post the rest of my stuff to Wattpad – cold turkey’s hard and all that.

As for my social media accounts, I’d already pretty much taken a step back from all of them anyway (and my email’s still blocked). I’m not going to close any accounts right now, but that may change, and even if I do use them again, it will probably be in a more personal way, so you might want to unfollow/unfriend anyway. I have a couple of months to decide what to do with this blog, but I am leaning towards shutting it down.

I hope to write again, maybe post to Wattpad, maybe even properly publish again, but if I don’t, then I’ll still have this experience and the readers who took the time to reach out to me over the years to remember. I am beyond grateful to all of you. I’ve never been a people person, so that aspect (you know, actually communicating with humans) was always the hardest for me over the years, but I’ve had incredibly few negative experiences in that time, so thank you for that, too.

The future is unclear. I can’t see past this weekend (which will for sure be spent flaking out on my bed with my kids, playing games and blasting GOT7 songs loud enough to make their poor Dad weep), but life changes so rapidly that I’m still going to hope this farewell isn’t really so final.

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No, November, No.

I am currently locked out of my email (I’ll spare you my feelings on that), so if you have been trying to contact me recently, please use clairefarrell27@gmail.com instead. Ta, muchly.

So. Remember earlier this year when my little fella went and ruptured his appendix? Yeah, well, his twin decided to try to copy him this month. Thanks to the first fiasco, I was on hyper-alert, and even though he wasn’t really showing signs of anything, I had a gut feeling, so we ended up at the hospital – where they were very unsure but decided to just take the appendix anyway – and had surgery that same night. And then everyone seemed freaked because he was so close to a rupture. One of the nurses said he must have a high pain threshold, and I was like, um, yeah, I’ve been telling everyone who walks in how he doesn’t complain about pain. Thankfully, he didn’t need a draining tube like his twin, so he didn’t have to spend as much time in hospital. Have to keep a close eye on him though because he’s super independent and likes to do everything for himself even if it hurts.

Oh, and while he was waiting to be admitted, we got a call from the school to say my youngest had taken a fall, and they might have to bring her over to the doctor. They ended up bringing three of my kids to us in the hospital where my youngest starting getting dizzy and having blurred vision (and she had an epic cut on her forehead that kept bleeding), so we ended up having to split up in the hospital to have two kids examined. And to top that off, I started throwing up in the hospital bathroom, so I might as well fund a clown school because that day was all-round ridiculous. My eldest came home from school having missed everything, heard the story, and was convinced we were making it up. 😀

Anyway, both twins are now appendix-free, and I’d really like to never go through this again if that’s okay, universe!

Even before all of this happened, I’d forgotten about NaNoWriMo this year, so I don’t know if I can catch up now, but it would suck to miss it. I’ve no idea what to even start on though. I haven’t been getting much of any other work done, and I don’t even care. I’m so beyond done this month. So I’m going to flake out with the kids and hope we can make it through a board game without anyone losing their minds. Wish me luck. 🙂

Edit: Nope, not even one game. *Insert eye-roll here*

 

 

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