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44. This is Halloween

Photo by David Menidrey; Quote found on Pinterest

Halloween 😊.

A day where people dress up and eat candy and carve pumpkins and have a great time. Some people consider this day mostly to be propaganda to sell candy and Halloween decorations, but I it is so much more than that.

I tend to think of Halloween as a time people wear masks. Not just scary monster masks, but superficial masks that show they are having a great time. Everyone wears a mask some of the time at work, friends, even family, just to cover up things that are bothering them or stuff they don’t want to talk about (skeletons in the closet—Halloween pun intended.)

Halloween is a time that it is acceptable for everyone to wear a mask and act like a good sport. And everyone seems happy, putting on costumes, eating candy, going to a haunted house or spookified bar, just living up that time where there seem to be no problems.

You hear the stories of people getting into fights at Christmas, or disagreements at Thanksgiving, but Halloween—it is almost required that people put on the mask, physically and figuratively, and no one asks questions.

When I was going through rough patches over the years, I always looked forward to Halloween, not just because of all the spooky decorations (which are awesome!), but because I felt more comfortable around people knowing they were all obliged to put on masks too and we would all go out and have a great time. Everyone got to pretend to be someone/something else. So to me, Halloween is about enjoying people’s company and not getting into fights or arguments or even nitpicking. It is very relaxing.

That might seem silly to some people. Other people love Christmas more, or even think Halloween is just the propaganda holiday. To each their own.

But let me end with this: you can’t beat walking down rows of carved pumpkins lit up at night and seeing a pumpkin dragon:

Yet another sales blurb: Don’t forget that my sale on my chilling short story collection, Black Cat Scribbles Vol.1, ends tomorrow morning at 7am Central Time. It’s on sale right now for $9.99—get it while you can.

And as a special Halloween treat, Toilet Paper is now a free digital download. Check it out, and if you like what you read, purchase the collection while it is still on sale.

Whichever deal you go for, I hope you have a spooktacular Halloween!

May the creepy be with you.

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42. What you mind sees and start of the Halloween sale!

Photo by Nathan Dumlao; Quote paraphrased from Toni Morrison

Writing is kind of second nature to me. I really like doing it, and I consider it painting with words.

When I read or write something a movie plays across my mind. Because of that, I can read pretty fast, as long as an image is forming for me. Now with technical stuff, I have to read it slower, but eventually that image will come and I will understand what the author is trying to convey.

Now, my husband just sees words in his mind. He doesn’t really get an image associated with the word, and as a result, he doesn’t read as fast as I do, nor does he leave a lot of books. Lol, he is not my target audience.

I have the same thing go on with numbers—I just see the number, and it takes me a while to do math (I will definitely never have a career as an accountant). My husband sees numbers connect like puzzle pieces in his mind. They instantly break down in simpler ways to add them up—he is excellent at math.

What comes across your mind when you do something? Do images dance through your thoughts, or is it just plain black and white text?

It’s interesting how everyone’s brain works a little different, how their neurons fire for different paths.

Keep pursuing, dear readers.

Sale starts now on Black Cat Scribbles Vol. 1! Get ready for a great read! When you purchase, you will be able to download the collection in two formats: one will be with the images and photos, and the other will be a traditional book format. Take your pick and have an awesome chilling read!

And as an extra something to entice you, I am offering the first story in the collection, Toilet Paper, for sale for $0.99 for the duration of the collection sale. Buy it, read it, enjoy it, and then get the collection for more awesome and intriguing reading material. Sale ends on Fri, Nov 1st, at 7am (because I am going to be asleep at midnight so I can function at work the next day).

May the creepy be with you.

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36. It’s getting closer to Halloween–time to announce an upcoming sale!

Some writers write off on an outline. Some just think up an idea and go for it. Others like to write stuff on paper until an idea emerges.

There is no wrong way to get started in writing.

I like to do a combination of the above—if I have an idea I am having trouble fleshing out, I will do an outline and see where the pieces fall. Mostly though I like to muse on an idea, and see what comes out when I write.

There are a million people out there who want to sell you their course on how to start writing. Sometimes they are helpful, but really, just like anything else, it comes down to practice.

Honing those writing skills. Developing your voice.

Some people start out better than others; some have further to go.

I read a lot when I was younger (not as much these days—just too busy), and in my writing I played with the different writing styles that I read. This helped shape my own unique writing style, and eventually my voice emerged. I have my favorite authors that I emulate and have gleaned techniques from them and others along my writing journey.

For Black Cat Scribbles, I tried to lean my writing style more towards Edgar Allen Poe, the great gothic writer. I grew up on his stories, and the writing, while sometimes tedious, has many great attributes. Another one that left its mark on me was Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark. I have the complete series still on my bookshelf, and to this day I remember that scared feeling I got from reading those stories and looking at the pictures. Over the years I have read other horror stories, and some taught me other techniques to include in my writing, while others showed me stuff not to do.

In any project, find an awesome example of what it could be, and take cues from there. Your own style will eventually emerge, and you will end up with a unique finished product. The greats are great for a reason, and there is nothing wrong to take lessons from them. 

Speaking of great writing, I am getting ready for a Halloween sale of my book, Black Cat Scribbles Vol. 1. Even if you aren’t sure about the whole collection, I just recently uploaded all of the stories for individual sale as well—they are cheaper and can give you a taste of the whole collection–check them out here. The sale on the book won’t last long though, so get it while you can. I will give more updates through email (this would be a good time to subscribe) and on future posts.

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34. Pumpkin Rap

Photo by Anthony Rossbach; Quote found on Pinterest

I like pumpkin everything I can not lie

You other brothers can’t deny

When someone walks in with a pumpkin flavor anything

A round cookie in your face

You get sprung

Wanna pull up tough

Cuz you notice that cookie is awesome

Dripped in icing that cookie is wearing

I’m hooked and I can’t stop staring

Oh, baby I wanna get with ya

And stuff my face

My homeboys warned me of October

But that pumpkin cookie you got

Make me sooo enticed

Ooh, that pumpkin flavoring

You say you wanna get in my benz

Give me that cookie and you won’t be the average groupie

I see them in the packaging

To hell with romancing

It’s pumpkin, give me somethin’, so I can get my pumpkin crush on…

Gotta loooove October.

By the way, I might have picked up these awesome pumpkin cookies with cinnamon icing at the grocery store, and I may or may not be munching on one as I type.

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15. My new book, Black Cat Scribbles Vol. 1, is now available for purchase!

So, dear readers, the moment has come for me to finally announce my new horror story collection, Black Cat Scribbles Vol. 1, is officially on the market!

Why horror, you may ask? Well, many years ago I picked up a horror story book, started reading it, and thought I could do better. Thus began my journey into the dark, to bring you back startling stories designed to make you think and wonder if you are truly alone while you read.

I am have some general fiction for sale as well, and even a little poetry, but with Halloween a few months away, why not push the horror to gear you up for the season.

Check it out, and enjoy, dear readers. May the unsettling be with you.

You can find Vol. 1 and the individual stories on:

http://www.blackcatscribbles.com

Vol. 1 is also available on Amazon Kindle: