Happy Holidays

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For those celebrating today, Merry Christmas.  To those who celebrate other December holidays I hope you’ve had (or will have) a wonderful one.

It’s been a truly remarkable year in a great many ways, so I’m taking today to be nostalgic and post some happy memories from holidays (December and otherwise) in the past.  I hope you enjoy my slightly eccentric collection of holiday photos.

Happy BirthdaHalloChristmaWeen! 😎

Prep Season: Halloween, NaNoWriMo, & Holidays

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There are a lot of things in my life that I’m in prep-mode for right now.  Halloween is approaching, and if I want to make my own costume I need to get to work sooner than later.  NaNoWriMo season starts in October for me, so I definitely need to finish prepping for that since it’s only nine days away.  Thanksgiving happens in the middle of NaNoWriMo so I need to have a plan for that well before November 1, and I’m making a lot of my Christmas gifts this year, so it’s time to get cracking. Continue reading

Happy NaNoWriMo Eve! (Oh, and Happy Halloween too!)

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Happy NaNoWriMo Eve!

I may be a day early, but October 31st has taken on a whole new meaning in my life since I discovered National Novel Writing Month. It’s not just about dressing up and gathering candy (both of which are very important NaNoWriMo Eve activities).

It’s about having your idea and characters ready to go and waiting up for midnight to get those first few words in. It’s about the building excitement as November approaches. It’s about feeling inspired and ready to write in a way that I can’t always capture the rest of the year.

This year I will in fact be surrounded by a group of fellow WriMos at midnight as we all set off together on the grand adventure of writing a novel in a month. I love when NaNoWriMo starts on a weekend. It means I don’t have to be up before dawn and can actually do the writing at midnight kickoff.

Don’t get me wrong, I adore Halloween. It is by far my most favorite holiday. It just gets better for sharing its day with NaNoWriMo Eve. I have even more to look forward to and even more to love about it.

That gathering of WriMos I mentioned earlier? Costumes will be optional, but I know at least a few people will play dress up with me as we hang out and wait for midnight. There will be goodies of one sort or another, and probably random candy on top of that. But most of all, it will be a chance to spend some quality time hanging out with the best friends I’ve made since my university days.

For my fellow WriMos, what’s your favorite thing to do the night before the big event kicks off?

For all my other readers, what’s your favorite, or least favorite, thing about Halloween?

 

*Title Image Courtesy of NaNoWriMo.org

Image Prompt 009 Response: Midnight at Stonehenge

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I chose the Stonehenge image and this is the 20 minute sprint that came out. It ended up being a little Halloween themed. Enjoy.

 

Midnight at Stonehenge:

The full moon was high in the sky, surrounded by thousands of brightly twinkling stars. The advantage of being out in the middle of a plain with no cities nearby was a complete lack of light pollution. Sarah took a moment to admire the view of the stars. She never saw them like this back home. The city lights drowned everything out.

Sarah crept along the grass as quietly as she could manage. She was so excited to be here on Halloween night, but she knew it was a huge risk.

Stonehenge was private property, technically speaking, and she was most definitely trespassing. She just hoped there weren’t motion sensors or cameras.

She was almost to the stones when she heard a rustling in the grass behind her. Continue reading

Happy Halloween!

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Greetings! And Happy Halloween!

Halloween is by far my favorite holiday of the year. There may not be gifts, and I don’t get much in the way of free candy at my age, but it will always be my very favorite holiday.

Why?

Because on Halloween you can dress up as whatever you want to be, and act like that character, and no one will think less of you for it. It’s an entire day devoted to being someone or something else. A shy book worm can transform into a brash pirate or a sexy vampire, or maybe that mousy bookworm from their very favorite book. Continue reading