Today it's Halloween. A time for decorating, for trick or treating, for pretending you are things you aren't. And to prepare for a writing marathon.
Halloween decorations have become so popular in the United States these last few years, that you find them almost everywhere.
Here in upstate New York, bushes are covered in fake spider webs. Pumpkins rest on porches. Inflatable witches rest in some front yards.
This is "fake" death and fright, though. Sometimes, the scary truth is just a few hundred feet away.
And, there is one more type of fright. The fright of the writer facing a blank computer screen.
Tomorrow I start my participation in NaNoWriMo. This requires me to write 50,000 words in 30 days. Last year was my first time, but this year I am actually a bit scared. Will I be able to write 50,000 words devoted to a memoir? I've already written some 20,000 words of memory in two previous Camp NaNoWriMos. But this is the big time. My reputation is at stake. I have fans rooting for me! I have writing buddies!
Gulp. Nothing Halloween can scare up for fake fright can compare with this.
So I may not be seeing you that much in November.
I'll be checking in from time to time. You may see some "Best of AM" posts this month, but I plan to continue my daily post schedule.
The preparations are done.
Tomorrow, the work begins.