Good morning, insecure writers! Are you having a candy hangover from Halloween? Are you frantically typing to meet your NaNo word count yet? Well, it's time to vent our frustrations and/or accomplishments with our illustrious host, Ninja El Capitan, Alex J. Cavanaugh, and his industrious co-hosts: Joylene Novell Butler, Jen Chandler, Mary Aalgaard, Lisa Buie Collard, Tamara Narayan, Tyrean Martinson, and Christine Rains!
This month's question: What is your favorite aspect of being a writer?
I like being lost in my writing, particularly a long novel where I have to think carefully about how to make a character come alive or how to incorporate symbolism or how to create an shocking plot twist. The art of creating is the best part.
So that's what I hope to get back to this month. So far, 2016 has been a blur of getting Heart Stopper and Other Stories published and the blog tour. The help I received from other author/bloggers inspired me to give back by reading their work, writing reviews (but I have a list of 14 still to go), and hosting their cover reveals and guest blogs. I finally set up my KDP five freebie days to run Oct. 31 through Nov. 4 to coincide with Halloween and The Day of the Dead, both of which are prominent features in Heart Stopper's plot. (Click here if you'd like a copy.)
It's time to cut back on blogging (maybe post once a week) so I can get back into the creative process. (Whoops. I'd better find a huge block of wood to knock, because whenever I think I'm about to have time to write, someone gets sick.)
Since it's an IWSG week in which I'm co-hosting, I'm going to go ahead and post this now. Big shout out to the amazing author of Bloodwalker, Lexa Cain, and her cohosts, L.G. Keltner and Tonya Drecker.
This week, it was all about Halloween, so here's some pictures:
First, the pumpkin carving. We have (clockwise) a wolf, a scary scarecrow, an owl, and a drooly face.
Once scary, but incredibly fluffy wolf. Best tail ever!
The Cheshire Cat from the updated Alice in Wonderland. Love those stumpy legs.
Here's the back.
The cutest little pumpkin's goggling each other.
Our ghouly, ghosty friends and/or yard decorations.
Hope you had a wonderful Halloween and enjoy the November IWSG! (I can finally put my sewing kit away! Whew. No more homemade costumes for me.)