Hello Fall! Here’s What’s Coming in October.

Hi everyone and Happy Tuesday! And HAPPY FALL! This is my favorite-favorite time of year: the weather is just how I like it, I love all the colors and smells, pumpkins and costumes, creepy things, and the impending doom that is winter and all that I always pile on myself around this time of year.

No, actually, I’m not a big fan of winter; the cold is killer. But I DO tend to overdo it with the to-do’s and goals around this time of year, and 2018 is no different. Here are the big things on my horizon, which you might want to know if you’re following my work!

My daughter is fabulous and turning four this year; that’s our first big event of October. Then, her little brother is due to come into the world, in mid-to-late October: two October babies! And then Halloween.

That’s more than enough to fill up someone’s month, right? Without planning too many writing goals?

But I tend to go big or go home, and this lady has already set up camp. Here are the writing-related things for October:

I’ll be participating in this year’s THE POEMING over on Tumblr. Every year, the wonderful E.K. Anderson hosts THE POEMING on Tumblr, which focuses on one author throughout the month of October, typically in erasure-fashion. This year, the author is Seanan McGuire, and I’ve been assigned the book, Late Eclipses. You can find me on Tumblr here, where I’m currently very quiet, but the poems will be walking their little erased selves in shortly.

I’ll be recapping and theorizing all over the new show, Legacies. Legacies (which is a spin-off of The Originals… which was also a spin-off of The Vampire Diaries) will be premiering on The CW on October 25. I haven’t been able to find an outlet to host me—if you know of any, feel free to send them my way!—so I’ll be writing recaps, theories, and other fangirly things here. I’ve wanted to more firmly branch out into film and television for a while now, and I think the launch of this show is the time to do it.

I will NOT be “pantsing” for NaNoWriMo this year. That’s the goal—I’m sticking to it—which means all the prep needs to happen in October. In July and August, I started freewriting daily for a horror-suspense novel that I’m loving that’s based on Mackinac Island (another love of mine). I love what I’ve done with it so far, but I’ve reached the point where I’m either going to drop it, or I need to start researching and planning to follow this thing through, so that’s what I’ll be doing. If you see the occasional creepy poem, or Michigan-based poem, or some-other-poem, that might be why!

And finally there are all the usual suspects: new poems! book reviews! freelance pieces! Obviously you’ll see these new erasure poems, but I’m interested to see if they push me in another direction… And I have several books lined up to review, specifically while the Halloween-vibe is going strong. And, as always, there are the pieces I write for various publications. If you see anything in entertainment, books, parenting, yoga, health, mental wellness, social media, or some other topic area you feel like I should be writing for, feel free to let me know! I’ll say it louder for the folks in the back: I am all ears.

And… that’s it from me for now! I know, it’s a lot to take in. I’m really interested to see where all of these unique projects take me as a writer, though. If you would like to connect with me about what you’re working on, or reading, or watching, I would love to hear! Happy Falloween, all; it’s here!

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