My birthday’s actually at the end of September, but according to the zodiac my birthday month is September 23 to Oct. 22. So October is a special month for me. Every year, when I reach it, I feel more energized, like I’m starting a new year.
Also, October is the month in Indiana when the leaves change color and the air grows nippier. And at the end of the month, there’s Halloween. I’ve always liked fairytales, paranormal, and supernatural. And All Hallow’s Eve is when the veil between our world and the spirit realm thins. Witches celebrate Samhain and put out a saucer of milk for Cat Sith.
Cat Sith inspired me to write a short story for Muddy River. No horror or ghosts or goblins. It’s how the supernaturals in Muddy River celebrate the holiday. You can find it on the Muddy River Snippets page here: https://writingmusings.com/snippets-page/.
And today, for the Thursday Snippet, I put up a Halloween story for Jazzi and Ansel. The body on their front stoop isn’t a stuffed dummy. It’s real. https://writingmusings.com/the-body-in-the-lake-a-jazzi-short-story/.
Another reason for me to celebrate lately is that I finally finished the plot points for Muddy River Four. I’m often tempted by the desire to just wing it and see what happens, but it never works for me. It always costs me more time and effort than if I make myself pound out ideas for chapters so I can see the cause and effect that take me to a book’s end. When I write willy-nilly, letting my characters lead me, I run amok. My characters must not be trustworthy. Not sure what that says about me:)
Anyway, I’m going to try to pound out a Muddy River by the end of November, because my next Jazzi mystery is due on May 4th, and I’ve learned the hard way that I don’t get as much writing time in December as I usually do, so I’ll rub my hands together and plot out Jazzi 6 in-between holiday things. I mean, it’s more important to see friends and family and have fun:) Once January hits, I can hibernate and hit the keys every week day to make my Jazzi deadline.
At least, that’s the plan. For now. But you know how Life goes. The best laid plans and all that….
So, I’m wishing you an awesome October, and happy writing!