Halloween Blogfest: Gail Farrelly

The Fall, Not January, Is the Beginning of the Year For Me
By Gail Farrelly

I know, I know, technically January begins a new year. But not for me. I follow my own calendar.

You see, I’ve never managed to work myself out of the idea that the fall season, with the start of the school year, is also the start of THE NEW YEAR. I guess that’s because, for so many years, as a student and then as a teacher, that’s just the way it was. And that’s the way it’ll always be for me, even though I’m no longer teaching.

I think that September in New York, with the changing color of the leaves and moderate temperatures, is a much better month than January (with snow, freezing temperatures, and post-holiday blues) to start off a new year. To assess what’s been accomplished and set new goals.

I goof off a lot in the summer. I go swimming almost every day at the town pool. Occasionally I do some writing there, but it’s easy to find “better” things to do. Y’know, like spending time at the snack bar and/or yakking with friends. But with the onset of fall, I know it’s time to get back to a more productive schedule of writing.

In the coming year I’m hoping to publish a book of spoofs (LOL: 100 Comic Cameos on Current Events), get my three print books converted to ebooks, and finish a mystery book that’s in progress. Whew!

Thanks for reading my post.

The prize I’m offering (to someone I randomly select from those who comment on my post) is a digital copy of each of my three short stories published by Untreed Reads http://is.gd/a8ZR9W: “The Christmas Exception,” “What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?,” and “The Jurors Who Knew Too Much” (the last one was reviewed at Long and Short Reviews http://is.gd/cAc2KK). These are available for sale, not only at Untreed Reads, but at ebook retailers all over the world.

Happy Fall! Happy Halloween! And, of course, happy reading in all four seasons.

About the Author: Gail Farrelly writes mystery novels and short stories. She also enjoys publishing satire pieces. Gail lives in Bronxville, New York, and is working on her fourth mystery novel, The Virtual Heiress.

Twitter: @gailfarrelly
Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Gail-E.-Farrelly/e/B001K83LZW
Profile at TheSpoof.com: http://is.gd/ZjsZuy
FREE Halloween story, “Halloween Tech,” at Kings River Life Magazine http://is.gd/XsfQ3q
Recent spoof: “Busted! Twitter Birdies Accused of Insider Trading” http://is.gd/NCdK4S


  1. A spoof book sounds fun

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

  2. Thanks for commenting, bn100. I’ve been publishing individual spoofs for years at TheSpoof.com, so I thought it’s about time to put a bunch of them in a book.

    Happy Halloween!

  3. Hello bn100,

    Once again, thanks for your comment. I ordered the three stories to be sent to you from Untreed Reads. They may take a while to arrive, since there seems to be a temporary glitch in the “Send Gifts” section. I’ll be sure to follow up. When they do arrive, hope you enjoy them.

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