Halloween 2023 and NaNoWriMo

I hope you all had as much fun as we did celebrating Halloween this year. So many children! I spent the evening in the booth, greeting trick-or-treaters and sharing personalized fortunes. For school-age kids: “You will have a major sugar high tomorrow! Be nice to your teachers.” For one young boy, I predicted what he was about to say. I kept his candy hidden and told him, “You are about to say, ‘Wow, that’s a full-size candy bar!’” When I plopped the full-size candy bar into his hand, he said those words exactly. I swear! Either I am the real deal or I’m great at giving out candy on Halloween. You decide.

Halloween is followed by November’s National Novel Writing Month. It was difficult, but I dragged my tired carcass out of bed, started the coffeemaker, and picked up my favorite purple metal pen. A little more than an hour later, I had one thousand (and eight) words written in my notebook. I’m thankful for the prep-work I did over the summer, which is making writing the first draft of my third Pond Investigations Mystery book easier.

Welcome Autumn!

It’s that time of year when everyone enjoys the cooler temperatures and changing of the colors of nature. Not in Texas, but you know, elsewhere. While the temperatures have dropped to below the triple digits, it’s still a little toasty. To inform the rest of the world: you can, without a doubt, tire of sunny, clear, blue skies. Trust me.

At our house, we’re preparing for our annual Halloween fun and festivities. This always means a Halloween party for our daughter and her friends. This year’s theme: Zombies! Decorating our front yard is time-consuming, but oh so worth it. Over the years, we have made tombstones and coffins (you read that right). This year we plan to intersperse the tombstones with ghost inflatables and a fresh addition: an inflatable hearse. There’s even a fog machine to add an extra little ambience. We’ve worked hard at it, but we’ve finally achieved my husband’s lifelong dream. We’ve become that house. The house that goes over-the-top with Halloween decorations and gives out full-sized candy bars.

On the writing front, I have completed the outline for book three of my Pond Investigations Mystery series. I still find that hard to believe. Book three! Now it’s time to let the outline rest. Tomorrow I pick up the first draft of book two and begin editing. I can’t wait. I’m looking forward to polishing book two into another fun mystery for my readers (and future readers) to enjoy.

Happy Fall, Y’all!


Top Photo by Alisa Anton on Unsplash

Foam tombstones with green lighting, inflatable ghosts, and coffins.
Halloween 2022 Photo © R. Standridge

Chapter by Chapter…

I’m getting there, slowly but surely. The mantra of ‘take it one chapter at a time’ repeats in my head as I work. Oddly, writing my book longhand was easier for me than typing directly into my computer; I’ve found that the opposite is true for editing. Strange. I wonder why?

I’m still working my way through my first draft. It’s intriguing to watch the story become stronger, clearer.

While I edit, I’m making use of a suggestion from my husband: I’m dropping seeds that lead into the next book. In this first book, I’m referencing a fundraiser my protagonist will be a part of during book 2. It’s so exciting to know, without a doubt, that I will write a second book – and a third, and a fourth… I am a writer!

Have a fantastic day!

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