October 2015

Halloween House

If you know me at all, you probably wouldn’t be shocked to find out Halloween is my favorite holiday. October is like everything I love most crammed into one month.

There are creepy things everywhere and no one finds it bizarre or morbid. There are a million horror movies to watch. There’s pumpkin spice everything. (Yep, I’m one of those people. In my house at this moment I have pumpkin spice flavored Oreos, M&Ms, Pop-Tarts, oatmeal, tea, liqueur, baking chips, and probably some other things I’m forgetting).

My First Reading

There are all these things writers do. Things besides writing. Like sometimes an author takes what they’ve written, and they read it out loud to a group of people.

This is an author reading and it’s something I never thought would happen to me. Actually, that’s not right. More accurate to say it’s something I have both hoped for (because it means success!) and dreaded (because oh my God how could I possibly read something I wrote in front of people?). I dealt with these conflicting feelings by refusing to think about readings at all.

Then I wrote a short story called There Used to Be Cowboys.

And it got accepted to an awesome local magazine called Helen.

Fast forward a few months, and the editor of Helen is asking me to read a segment of that story at the Vegas Valley Book Festival.

Out loud.

Horror Movie Sign

I finally have a real yard, which is awesome! But it means I'm lacking outdoor Halloween decorations (besides Pete, my lovely scarecrow, that is). Here's my first step at remedying this problem:

Halloween Sign

I got the idea from something I found on Pinterest. But, of course, I wanted to modify it to include all my favorite scary movie places. Like Silent Hill, the most creepy cool place ever. 

Pumpkin Carving 2015

This will be my last Halloween post, I swear. It's just that I love the holiday so, so much and can't help gushing about it. It might be getting to be a little much though, so after this I'll shut up about anything Halloween related. (Until next year, anyway.) 

But for now, pumpkin carving! 

Gatsby Pumpkin