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I wish everyone a scary, fun, safe Halloween. Don’t disturb ghosts, the dead, the undead, and so on. This is a poem of mine that Spider magazine published in 2012:

THE MONSTER IN THE LAKE

He sticks his head right out of the water;

With big, red eyes, he peeks at me,

His neck is long and his tail is spiny,

He’s green and scaly and huge and ugly.

 

I run and give Momma the terrible news,

She doesn’t listen, she doesn’t believe.

I hurry to Papa and tell what I saw,

He laughs and snickers and chuckles and snorts.

 

Back at the lake the monster winks,

He thinks it’s funny, he thinks it’s a joke,

But I’m not smiling and I’m not happy,

I’ll show that monster a thing or two.

 

I grab my camera, pop off the cap,

He shakes his head, he splashes me,

Flips his tail, dives under the waves,

And never says goodbye.

 

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I thought I would present this on Labor Day because it is one of the few sane holidays:

Holidays can be nightmares. Mama always warned me: Choose your friends & holidays carefully. I never listened.

  1. Only the Horses are Sane Day: In Louisville, the Kentucky Derby is THE holiday. Partying over a 2-minute race goes on for days. I treasure the Derby, but by the 1st Saturday in May, I am more tired than the horses. And I usually bet on nags that get lost before the finish line.
  2. I ate too Much Candy Day: Of course, I don’t hate Halloween, but I never get trick-or-treaters. I end up eating all the candy. I could buy candy that I didn’t like, but the little ones wouldn’t like it either. Besides, what candy don’t I like?
  3. Cute Little Critter Day: As a writer, I need something flashier than Ground Hog Day. Skunk Day or Porcupine Day? And in the south, ground hogs are the main course and never see their shadows.
  4. Boss’s Day: Really? Really? How about the other 364 days Boss’s Days? It’s on October 16 or the nearest workday. Maybe Employee’s Day? We deserve one stinking day.
  5. You Gotta be Kidding Day: The third Saturday in October is listed in some states as Sweetest Day. Candy a few days before Halloween? The day was invented by candy manufacturers years ago. Wonder why?
  6. Stay Home and Sleep Day: AKA Black Friday. The Friday after Thanksgiving is the day everyone but me shops. Except for bookstores, shopping is more painful than root canals.
  7. What Happened to Secretary’s Day? On Wednesday of the last week in April is Administrative Professionals Day. This name implies something is wrong with secretaries. Are writers Word Professionals?
  8. The Fourth of July: I love Independence Day. Parades & fireworks. Patriotic songs. But they voted for the Declaration of Independence on July 2nd, wrote it up on July 3rd, and signed it on July 4th. My birthday is July 3rd, so as a compromise, it should be The Third of July. Who said writers aren’t egotistical?
  9. Winter Solstice: The Shortest Day of the Year, a few days before Christmas. AKA the Longest Night of the Year. It’s too dark and cold to do anything on this day. I always write late & sleep in, so I see almost no daylight. Maybe it will inspire me to write a Krampus novel.
  10. Tax Day: Need I say it? Every April 15th Uncle Sam demands his share. I don’t mind paying, but questions haunt me: Did I forget anything? (Of course I did) Did I include everything? (Even the IRS doesn’t know) What if they didn’t receive my tax forms? I’ll end up in a prison cell with a guy named Killer Joe.
    Don’t be surprised if you read my novels and some these of holidays show up. I always wanted to do a horror story. How about, Killer Klowns on Black Friday? Or Derby Horses Make the Jockeys Gallop? Or Halloween Martian Attack?

 

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Boo!!!

Have a miserable, frightening day. Hide under the bed in case the boogie man visits you. May spooks haunt you. Oh, yes, and have a fantastic Halloween!

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These sayings are not mine, but by themselves they are almost a writing course.

  1. Start your story as close to the end as you possibly can. [No to prologues & backstory]
  2. Take your reader where they’re not expecting to go. [Surprise your reader]
  3. Find your story’s Dark Moment, the point where he/she gives up, just before their solution comes to them. [All is lost, but…]

These sayings are adapted for Independence Day writing, so have fun. I heard a rumor that some writers take holidays off, but I don’t believe it.

Writing for the 4th of July

  1. Start your story right away, and skip the ordinary stuff. Let’s hear all about what happened on the 4th.
  2. Surprise your reader, take them where they never expected to go on the 4th.
  3. Take your character to the story’s Dark Moment, the point where he/she gives up on his/herself and on the world.

 

These sayings are designed to help you frighten and delight your reader.

Writing for Halloween

  1. Start your intrigue right away, but hold off on the goosebumps as long as you possibly can.
  2. Take your reader where they’re afraid to go, where they don’t want to go.
  3. Send your character to the Dark Hour of their Soul, the point where he/she gives up on his/herself and on the world.
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Let me rephrase that. Have a gruesome, horrible, by fun, safe Halloween!

Getting into Halloween trouble! Halloween Kentucky Style, middle readers, print, Diversion Press http://astore.amazon.com/wwwdiversionp-20/detail/1935290169

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My 3 Favorite Writing Sayings

  1. Start your story as close to the end as you possibly can.
  2. Take your reader where they’re not expecting to go.
  3. Find your story’s Dark Moment, the point where he/she gives up, just before their solution comes to them.

Writing for Halloween

  1. Start your intrigue right away, but hold off on scary as long as you possibly can.
  2. Take your reader where they’re afraid to go, where they don’t want to go.
  3. Send your character to the Dark Hour of their Soul, the point where he/she gives up on his/herself and on the world.

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Halloween Kentucky Style (middle readers, Diversion Press, paperback)
Mike and Timmy try to scare Alice and Rosie. The trick’s on them when a younger neighbor and a homeless man team up to give them a real Halloween scare!

https://www.pinterest.com/chucksuddeth/halloween-kentucky-style/

ISBN:  978-1-935290-16-2

On Halloween Kentucky Style’s Pinterest page, you can get an idea about where in Kentucky the story takes place: http://astore.amazon.com/wwwdiversionp-20/detail/1935290169

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