Wednesday, October 31, 2012

This is Halloween

At this very moment, children are running around in the dark with their trash bags and pumpkin-shaped  totes. Drool runs down their chins as they bite into tiny pieces of chocolate - double-checked first by cautious parents.

It's crazy out there. It's Halloween.

Excuse me while I plug my ears. I'm not on candy duty, but the doorbell keeps ringing and my dog, Misty, is barking up a storm.

When I went to school today, I wore a simple costume - a T-shirt that's designed to look like I'm wearing Sailor Moon's top - the sailor collar, ribbon, and imperial silver crystal brooch. Ironically, it wasn't as popular as the Pikachu shirt I've worn the past two years (but then again, I barely left my office today. That might have to do with it).

This month has both dragged and skittered and I'm actually surprised that it's still October as I write my blog post.

Things I've Done

Somehow, I've managed to find time to make lovely-eyes at a few early Christmas presents. In an earlier blog post, I mentioned how I've been putting off ordering a burgundy Modcloth coat. Well... I'm still successful at that, but I ended up falling in love with another coat - the one to the right, called A Thrill in the Air by Knitted Dove.

After crawling my way through a difficult end to the month, I decided to indulge a little and went with this one. Why? Unlike the other coat, this one has reasonably long sleeves, a Penelope-like design, a detachable collar (so it'll look like a dress), and the neckline is high enough that I won't have to depend on a turtleneck or scarf to stay warm.

Yes. I've thought about this, haha.

When you're up early like I am, it's actually nicely chilly. When winter break comes, and I head into colder Florida places, it'll be nice to have something warm and fun to wear.

I squeezed three books into the mix too! I've finished The Diviners (and I hoping it becomes a movie because I really want to see it visually) and The Fault in Our Stars (it's about time, right? I'm presenting on this book tomorrow). I just started The Elementals by, like, my favorite author Francesca Lia Block (she's tied with Mervyn Peake). Block' newest book sings differently than her other work, but I'm enjoying it so far. It's just really wonderful to be reading something new (how many times have I re-read her books? Gads).


Who's participating this year?!

I'm going to do my best, though this is probably going to be my busiest November yet. Ah, graduating year - endless surprises.

My main goal for this month is to make at least a 25k dent in Birdcage Girl's sequel, A Horse to the Moon. My thesis work has set me back in terms of working on it so far, so I'm happy to finally crack my knuckles over this one. Because I'm still searching for agents, you guys won't see anything new from AHM - but never fear! For the month of November only, I'll be posting another manuscript of mine called Tread Softly. I haven't written the last couple chapters... and if I'm honest, I'll need to revise what I do have along the way. It's about time!

What are you writing this month?


  1. Every year I say "I'll do NaNoWriMo .... next year when the craziness of this year is long over." Heh, well, what with my class and having just finished another long project, no NaNo for me. But next year I have plans!

    Yes. Plans. A scientifically superior alien species will send one of its own timid yet intrepid explorers to Earth to report back on whatever is found there. The inane consequences shall forever be unknown to most denizens of our lowly planet. But it'll make one heck of an absurd story of epic proportions.

  2. That coat is beautiful... *stares with desire*

    Sadly, I am not participating in NaNoWriMo this year. Last year I was certain I'd have my act together by next year and be able to do it, but nope. Next year, maybe? Heh heh. However, I will be devoting this month to working on my story set in the 60s that I've been writing since March, I think?
    Best of luck writing as much as you can in A Horse to the Moon! I perked up when I read "Birdcage Girl" and "sequel" in the same sentence. :D

    ALSO, guess what I was able to procure from my city library?!? Lona by Dare Wright! I don't know why I didn't think to look there earlier, since this library has a ton of beyond obscure books. I am now officially in awe of Dare's photography skills!