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.

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