I’m having a Halloween party tonight, and I forgot all about it until people started texting me on Monday. I never even sent out invitations, but I did talk about it at the end of September. So that’s what I’m doing today. Running around, trying to make it look like I didn’t just slap some decorations up at the last minute. It’s going to be a small, simple party. Basically, we’re inviting friends and family from school over for an early dinner. After that, we’re going trick-or-treating en mass. The neighbors will love us!
I thought the above image of a Halloween Party from 1950s was a sweet look at a time when our underage daughters didn’t dress up like they are auditioning for an adult movie. I had a different picture of a child’s Halloween party up earlier, but it wasn’t until after I uploaded it and started writing that I noticed the culturally and ethnically offensive costumes outweighed the princesses and pirates 2 to 1. Good grief.
Wish me luck on the party. I’m a little nervous.
In other news, I have a free book for Kindle owners, and it’s perfect for a Halloween night after you’ve turned off the lights and kicked to the curb the pimply-faced teenager dressed as himself wearing a skull pin. Kristen emailed me two years ago when I debated doing NaNoWriMo. Her husband Carl was doing it, and she was providing encouragement for me to do it, too. I completely chickened out, but it was nice she had faith in me. (Wrongly placed, obviously.) Carl ended up completing NaNoWriMo and later had his book professionally edited, typeset, and designed. Mad About Undead You is free today only as a Halloween treat. It’s about zombies, so it’s fitting.
Carl Plumer did it. He had a goal, he sat down, and he wrote–even when he had no idea what he would write. (He really had no idea. He just wrote everyday and hoped something would eventually come out.) I find that inspiring and motivating. I’m a little jealous! I want that kind of courage. I can tackle a dirty drawer, but a blank page seems to be my undoing. I need to think about why that is, and see if I can change that attitude. I feel a naval-gazing epiphany coming on.
Way to go, Carl. I wish you all the best and lots and lots of sales…after you’re done giving the book away for free.