Happy Almost Halloween, everybody!
I grew up in a neighborhood that didn’t have a lot of children, and our family never made much fuss about Halloween. We didn’t get trick-or-treaters, and unless we went out to get candy with our friends in their more family-friendly neighborhoods, we didn’t do much of that, either.
In spite of that–or maybe because of it?–when I got married and had kids I discovered I adored Halloween. We decorate the house, buy buckets of candy, create cool costumes, read scary books and watch creepy movies.
And since I’ve become a big fan, here are some of my Personal Best and Worst awards:
Best Candy: Fun-sized Almond Joys. I can’t help it. I’m a coconut nut.
Worst Candy: Jolly Rancher. Probably you’re not supposed to try to chew them, but I always do, and wow. You could lose your fillings with this stuff.
Best Scary Movie: The Ring. It isn’t the creepy kid in the corner that got me in this film. It was the weird black and white photographs. Why? I have no idea. That’s probably what makes it so scary.
Worst Scary Movie: Saw, any version. I really, really hated these movies. To me, more sadistic than scary.
Best Costume: I can’t chose one of my own, because I literally can’t remember a single costume from my childhood. So I’ll pick one I made for Girlchild the year she was 12, and fell in love with Shakespeare. We made a Juliet costume, a red velvet Elizabethan gown complete with fabulous pearl and gold braiding….and a to-die-for Juliet cap. (No pun intended.) I don’t have any photos of it, though I do have a video, thank goodness. 🙂
Worst Costume: I have to admit I get tired of the Frozen costumes, even though it makes me sound like a Halloween Scrooge. I’ve seen soooo many already, and expect this year to be a repeat.
Best Decoration: We had an awesome flying witch who screamed and lit up with red glowing eyes whenever a trick-or-treater walked by. We had to take it down, though, because it scared the little ones to the point of tears. But boy was she scary!
Worst Decoration: We once bought a spider that was supposed to scurry up and down a wire, making a horrible noise, every time a kid came to the door. It NEVER worked right, and was guaranteed to do its thing only when I was home alone, and there was no one, seriously, no one, at the door. He lives in the local landfill now. 🙂
How about you? Pick any one of these categories, and tell me your personal best and worst! I’ll be giving away a $10 Amazon gift certificate to one randomly chosen poster.
And I’m so sorry that I forgot to pick a winner of the last blog! I’ll announce both winners this coming Sunday, officially, but in case you’re reading this, Suzanne W, you’re the winner of the Dear Author blog! Email me privately at KOBrien@aol.com, and I’ll get your prize out to you asap!
For fun, I went through posts from the last two years and some of the images included in those posts.
Different sayings speak to us at different times in our lives.
All you need to do is tell me which number speaks to you TODAY (starting number 1 at the top to number 6 at the bottom) to be entered into a drawing to win one of my books…YOUR choice. Winner will be announced on Monday, so check back then!
I feel very choked up writing this… my last blog at the JQs.
What I want to say the most is thank you. Thanks for tuning in, for reading, for commenting, for wanting books. Thanks for caring about my writing, my career, my family, my woes, my goofy encounters with the UPS man.
Writing is hard work. It can be a little terrifying when things aren’t going well. It can be lonely and frustrating. Sometimes, it’s boring.
But for the past 8 years, I’ve had you guys, my fellow bloggers and reader and writer friends who’ve dropped by for a virtual visit every other Monday, like coffee with a friend. That’s what you’ve been, gang, and that’s what you’ll continue to be.
I’ll miss our cheery little blog. I’ll miss Jaunty, our prickly, self-centered mascot. I know I’ll see you other places online, at my website blog and on social media…but this has been a special group.
Thank you for the honor of your time. Thank you for your kindness. Take care of yourselves! Drop me a line any time.
Congratulations, Amy! You won Catherine Kean’s prize. Please email Nancy at email@example.com and I will put you in touch with Catherine.
The scorching days of summer are finally giving way to Fall here in Florida. I love the cooler temperatures, and with Thanksgiving and Christmas just around the corner, my thoughts always turn to the things for which I’m thankful.
I’m truly grateful for my family, friends, and my health, of course, but I’m also thankful that my talented friend Nancy Robards Thompson invited me to be part of the Jaunty Quills Sisterhood years ago. Back then, I was writing contracted medieval romances for a small independent publisher and my daughter was in middle school; I’m now a successful, self-published medieval romance author and my daughter, in her third year at university, turns 21 at the end of this month! (Eek! That makes me feel old!).
Being one of the JQ Sisterhood was a LOT of fun! It was a joy to meet and interact with readers—still one of my favorite things about this business. The JQ sisters were also a huge help to me in terms of navigating the craziness and stress of the publishing industry. The other authors generously shared insider news, offered advice when tricky situations arose, and were in all ways a tremendous source of support with my blossoming career. I will never forget the friendships I made as one of the Sisters.
I’m sad that the JQ blog is closing, but want to thank everyone who started it and who was part of it through the years. I’m sure Jaunty Quills won’t soon be forgotten.
If you’re looking for something to read during these cooler months leading up to the holidays, I’d like to
suggest a couple of my boxed sets. Once Upon a Historical Christmas is available now, and is a special, limited-edition collection of eight Christmas stories priced at just $0.99. It includes my novella One Knight Under the Mistletoe.
Available for pre-order on Kindle, Nook, Kobo, and iBooks is the 15-author Under the Kissing Bough collection of all-new Christmas stories. This will launch on November 22 and is also $0.99. I’m busy finishing up my story One Knight’s Kiss and am seriously in love with my hero (!). Shh, don’t tell!
Dearest readers, leave a comment on my post and I will give away a Kindle copy of Once Upon A Historical Christmas plus a Kindle edition of my first Knight’s Series novel, A Knight’s Vengeance, to one lucky winner.
CATHERINE KEAN is a Kindle Unlimited All-Star author and an award-winning, bestselling novelist of medieval romances. Among other accolades, her books have won the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence and finaled in the National Readers’ Choice Awards. You can learn more about Catherine at her website.