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Successful Setbacks: Odd Life by Poraic Cahill

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Odd Life

Poraic Cahill

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I was asked by Writing.ie to chart my path to publication and funnily enough some of the tales I’m presently reading in James Herriot’s Vets in a Harness mirror this route. For those not aware, James Herriot was a vet in Yorkshire in the early 20th century. His stories detail the strange and sometimes humorous situations he encountered with farmers and locals of the small town of Darrowby. They would include him becoming the uncle -and pen-friend- to a Pekingese dog on the insistence of its rich philanthropic owner. He would also write about the difficulties the farmers of that area, and by extension himself, would face with diseases such as husk -a condition where a parasite found in poor marshy land and consumed by an animal, makes its way to the lungs and if untreated, destroys them- or deficiencies he came across in animals such as low levels of copper and calcium which can lead to similar destructive outcomes. He tells us that sometimes he is able, with the use of his medicaments, to put the animal back on the path to healthy living, but he attributes recovery in the majority of his cases to the farmers’ inward spirit of accepting these setbacks and getting on with trying to overcome them.

Like James Herriot, I also document the strange and odd situations I encounter -mainly in my capacity as an avid Times newspaper reader- such as writing about a sprightly 107 year-old having a shoot-out with the SWAT Arkansas police. As well I report on the difficulties I encounter as a writer, such as rejection by the editors of publications like the Irish Times and the Irish Mail, who both complimented my stories but stated they couldn’t afford to offer me any work; and worse than that, not getting a response from any publication be it from Ireland, England and even America, to stories sent out.

Despite being stimulated into scribbling together a piece by the odd story of absurd behaviour I’ve read or the odd observation I’ve encountered, I attribute the completion of the 90 short-stories of Odd Life mainly to the encouragement readers -family, friends, the occasional writer, and the very occasional editor- have given to me.

To them I say Eskerrik Asko which means Many Thanks in Basque.

(c) Poraic Cahill

About Odd Life:

From a German man accusing his ex-girlfriend of attempted murder by use of her 38DD breasts, to a 107 year old having a shoot-out with the Arkansas SWAT police, the author Poraic Cahill chronicles the strange & bizarre he encounters in Odd Life.

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About the author

Poraic Cahill was born in 1976 in Dublin. He has worked as a Gardener, Butcher’s Assistant, Barman, Administrator, Secondary School Teacher, Writer and when last heard of was teaching English in the Basque Country.

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