Monthly Archives: October 2012

Happy Halloween!

English: A typical Halloween "trick or tr...

English: A typical Halloween “trick or treat” party in Dublin. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It is October 31, All Hallows Eve.

Tomorrow is November 1, All Saints Day.

In olden times people could indulge in riotous behavior–to give the devil his due–on Halloween, then repent and be holy on November 1, kind of hedging one’s bets, I imagine.

Anyway, enjoy Halloween. It’s always appealed to the drama lover in me. Costumes, makeup, make believe.

The Tree of the Dead, designed by Keith Short ...

The Tree of the Dead, designed by Keith Short “Sleepy Hollow”. . . Retrieved 2007-12-27 . (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Halloween reminds me of Anya Seton‘s reincarnation novel, Green Darkness, Johnny Depp in Sleepy Hollow and anything by Shirley Jackson.

Have fun.  Be safe out there.

English: All Saints Day, 1st November 1984 in ...

English: All Saints Day, 1st November 1984 in the Beskiel Cemetery, Oswiecim, Poland. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Humorous tombstones in front of a house in nor...

Humorous tombstones in front of a house in northern California. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Sandy will not deter Wrimos

English: Jane Austen teapot cookie

English: Jane Austen teapot cookie (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

NaNoBoston11:  Nov. 27 Write In

NaNoBoston11: Nov. 27 Write In (Photo credit: travlarkboston)

From the Office of Letters and Light

From the Office of Letters and Light (Photo credit: Tojosan)

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) begins on November first. The day after Halloween. Yes, real soon.

I’ve received word from Lindsey at the Office of Letters and Light blog that the Frankenstorm Sandy may just gum up the literary works, at least temporarily. Things like no power, no roof over a writer’s head, etc. Just think–no computer!

But intrepid Wrimos have already come up with great suggestions, such as having a sharpened turkey quill pen at the ready or writing by car headlight.

Some brave souls have vowed to go back to the ancient days of technology, using “ink and twigs.” I always wondered how Shakespeare, Jane Austen, and Edgar Allen Poe handled writing things without a computer.

I, for one, hate writing longhand. My cursive is sloppy and manic and I can’t read my own writing. I compose on a computer. Although you can’t doodle on the margins of a computer.

I’m ready to take the plunge and begin NaNoWriMo on November first. I live in Central Texas, so I don’t have to worry about a Frankenstorm.

Seriously, good luck and best wishes for both safety and creativity to those fellow Wrimos  on the Atlantic coast. Be safe and dry.

Check out the Office of Letters and Light blog at

English: Quill pen

English: Quill pen (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Lululemon Athletica Store Boarded Up - Franken...

Lululemon Athletica Store Boarded Up – Frankenstorm – Hurricane Sandy (Photo credit: Glyn Lowe Photoworks)

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Pyramids and Teacups

Limestone inscription of a warning to grave-ro...

Limestone inscription of a warning to grave-robbers. Made of limestone. Found in Giza, West cemetery, from the Mastaba of Ankh-Udja called “Itji”. 6th Dynasty. Catalog Number: ÄS 8537 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Speaking of pyramids and teacups (see previous post), I’m reminded of the intrepid Amelia Peabody, Victorian sleuth and archaeologist. I’ve read all the books in the mystery series by Elizabeth Peters with great enjoyment.  If you have not read these wonderful books, treat yourself to a rousing read. Mostly set in Egypt (between the late 1880’s and the Great War), the adventurous Peabody-Emerson Egyptologists hunt for ancient relics, fight off dust, wind, sunburn, kidnappers, grave robbers, spies, and assassins. But even when she smacks down a villain, Amelia is always a proper (more or less) Victorian lady. I hoist my teacup to Amelia.

There’s an interesting article about her on Carolyn Mulford’s blog.

The Battle of the Pyramids, oil on canvas, 94 ...

The Battle of the Pyramids, oil on canvas, 94 × 120,4 cm, Musée des Beaux-Arts, Valenciennes (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Visions and Revisions

O, to be a visionary!

To see things no one else can see, to dream big, to travel to exotic lands.

However, sometimes when I see stuff no one else can see, I need more (or less) caffeine. Along with dreams come nightmares. The most exotic place I’ve been lately is the post office.

Imagination makes all the difference. Imagination spurs writing, an act of creation. Imagination can  take me to the pyramids in my mind. Imagination allows me to share my stories with others and take them to the pyramids as well.

Sometimes writing is just trudging along, revising words and revising worlds, murdering your darlings (fictional, that is) and waving bye-bye to things that don’t work.

Let’s talk about all that stuff, preferably with a nice cuppa tea or coffee.

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