Halloween Unseen

I have a confession to make: I’ve never seen Hocus Pocus.

I have a confession to make.

I’ve never seen Hocus Pocus. There’s no other reason than the occasion never presented itself. I have no ill feelings about any of the actors and I can appreciate the “amok amok amok” meme as much as the next person. However, this movie has never made it into my eyeballs and I’m thinking that’s a big oversight.

I know, I know. We’re all shocked!

In the spirit of Octoberween, I made a list of all the great horror movies that I seemed to have missed and while I was originally going to try to watch a movie each day in October, I didn’t have enough to fill the month. I will take that as a small win on my part. The list follows: (Ah! Adds It Follows to the list):

  • Hocus Pocus
  • The Haunted Mansion
  • Halloweentown
  • Trick or Treat
  • Get Out
  • Blair Witch
  • Paranormal Activity
  • Children of the Corn
  • It: Chapter 2
  • Coraline
  • The Haunting (1963)
  • The Conjuring
  • The Invisible Man (2020)
  • Saw
  • Hereditary
  • The Witch
  • Suspiria
  • It Follows

Let me know what important movies I’m missing (I may have already seen it) and I’ll slowly add to the list. Meanwhile, time to head to Blockbuster and grab some tapes!

All in for Prep-tober…sort of

I have tried and failed at Nanowrimo for years and that’s fine. So this year, I’m not setting myself up for failure by going all in at the beginning, swept away by the frenetic pace of thousands of people eager to get their words down. Instead, I’m planning out a steady and less chaotic schedule of writing, focusing on two different projects. Letting the excitement and camaraderie be the lo-fi playlist that motivates me, I’m hoping that I can approach Nanowrimo this year in a more leisurely and (mentally) healthier space.

Also, I’m kinda gonna do it in October.

See I’ve got other pen names (just as non-productive as this one) and there is one novel that I want to churn out in November, but it’s not for Betty. Betty has to work on her Kindle Vella serial, WOUND: Thirst, and the haunted clock anthology, Striking Thirteen, that she’s been tinkering with like an old watchmaker. So this October the serial gets revised (re-vamped – AHAHAHAHA) and the anthology gets drafted.

The timing is terrible since the anthology won’t be out until next year at the earliest. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ 

As for my boys, Baron and Sykes, and The Shape of Us, I’m outlining their first mystery and will probably work on that in November, but not on the Nanowrimo clock. I hope to have that ready to go before Christmas. I have two bonus stories that I’ll be giving away – how they met and their first Christmas. Just thinking about them makes me smile. So much fluff!

Anyway, recalibration complete. I’ve created a new schedule that hopefully adjusts to my life and takes my idiosyncrasies into account. My main goal is never to write another “I’m abandoning this project” post again.

NOTE: I’ll be updating my Patreon soon and while I have no patrons right now (totally cool), if it’s something you might be interested in, what kind of things do you look for as patron-exclusives? Just curious.