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Birthday Parties & Book Launches (on Zoom)

The last week of staying at home, officially Week 7 of self-isolation, was probably the strangest. We were the most used to the ‘new normal’, with our routine of daily walks within two-kilometre limits, weekly grocery trips to Aldi, SuperValu, or the local off-licence. We’d notice – but become accustomed to – the deathly silence on the roads during an evening walk; it would only be around 9 o’clock, but it would feel like 4 in the morning, stumbling home from a night out. The idea of going out for a treat is now a takeaway coffee in the nearby petrol station, and I’ve almost forgotten when Cork city centre looks like, whatever about travelling to the rest of the country.

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Announcing Release of ‘Forgiving Jake’

Update: As of Monday, April 20, the paperback edition of Forgiving Jake is now available to order from Amazon via its American, British, Canadian, and Australian markets.

We are all trying to maintain a version of normality while we stay at home to slow down the spread of COVID-19, a pandemic which has made the world look and feel like some near-future science fiction novel. However, one of the easiest ways to relax and forget the world is to read, and I’m currently splitting my time between a few books for whenever I get a free moment between the day job and home renovations.

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For Peace Comes Dropping Slow

Forgive me, reader, for I have sinned: It has been three months since my last blog entry

Since then, my partner and I have moved from our temporary accommodation in Cork and into the house we bought over the summer. That being said, it’s still a building site work-in-progress, with varying availabilities of running water, heat, and absolutely no wifi. Needless to say, it isn’t exactly somewhere where writing would be high up on my to-do list when there’s wallpaper to strip, furniture to buy, handymen to manage, walls to paint, and everything else that comes with a renovation or new home.

On top of that, September was mostly spent away from Ireland. One week in San Francisco, two weeks in Seattle, and a well-needed holiday with the other half and my best friend in the beautiful city of Riga, Latvia. While my time in the U.S. was for the day-job, I had little energy left to assign to writing, and Latvia was an opportunity to reconnect, recharge, and enjoy the peace.

That being said, the downtime and relaxation gave me enough energy to complete a major project of mine. This weekend, I’ve managed to finish the first draft of my upcoming novella, Forgiving Jake! It’s a tale of how one young woman’s life is turned upside-down with two phone calls, and what she needs to do to move on from tragedy. The short novel is my first complete work of fiction, and I cannot wait to share it with you in springtime next year.

I will have another poetry collection available in 2020 also, fully bilingual in English and Irish. Elysium is a collection of poems that explore love and family connections, as well as letting go of some baggage from the past. Although still incomplete, it’s already a collection that I’m quite proud of, and I expect it to be released early next year.

In the meantime, I’m looking forward to travelling to Berlin and Malta over the next few weeks, which will be able to balance some relaxation against the work that’s needed to make ourselves at home in our new house. I’ve recently joined the newly-formed Outstaged Theatre Group in Cork, which is sparking new writing ideas already within me, but I think I already have enough going on before I take on something else new. I’ve also started finally going back to the gym, and thankfully it’s a routine that is sticking around, this time.

Until next time!

S x

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Where One Book Ends, Another Two Begin

I’m writing this in the warm, cozy, and inviting Fisher’s bar in Cork’s Kingsley Hotel, with a pint of Irish cider bubbling lightly beside my Chromebook. It’s a Sunday evening, and I have spent the entire day on my own, as my partner fiancé (I’m still getting used to that) is in Kentucky for work, and my parents’ weekend visit to the Rebel County finished this morning, with their return to Dublin.

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Preparing for (re)Launch

The last few weeks brought with them a surge of creative energy in me recently, and I haven’t let such precious energy go to waste!

I’m currently waiting on the proof copies of Yesterdates to be delivered from the printers, where my editor and I will examine every page before preparing the paperback edition for the big bookshelf world. I’ve even had a few bookworms look over the digital edition to get their feedback, and it was overwhelmingly positive. I really cannot wait to share this new book with you, and hope that you enjoy it as much as I did while writing and reviewing it. In the meantime, if you’re more of an ebook reader than a paperback fan (or you just can’t wait), you can now pre-order Yesterdates on Apple Books, Goodreads, Rakuten Kobo, and any good ebook provider.

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