October for me is both a good month and a bad month. Good in that my favorite time of year, is Halloween. The horror movies that play all month long, actually make me want to watch TV. The fun times at the pumpkin patch, picking the very best pumpkin, and then the carving of it. It’s all a game and yes time consuming, but it is so much fun. Then there are the costumes. No, I’m too old to dress up, but I love seeing the children. And the best part ever, all the CANDY! Sugar-aholic that I am.
Then you have the bad, which is the death like sleep the world goes into. The leaves turning brown, and falling to the ground giving me more work to do, as if I didn’t have enough. The flowers losing their color and dying right before my eyes is just depressing. And the worst of the worst, the cold, dreary days that go on and on and on for months. Oh how I hate the cold and winter. I know it’s not winter yet, but once fall hits, and that means, October I know it’s right around the corner and it really bums me out.
Those are the best and the worst of the month of October, but what’s in between? For me that would be the pre-prep for November, which for writers like me is also known as NANO Month! I’ve talked about Nano in the past so I will skip the advertisement and just say that you have 30 days to write at least 50,000 words or a novel in a month’s time. I have been working on an outline (gasp! Yes, I know…) for a sequel to A Howl in the Night. I have pulled out my storyboards from the original book and I have pulled out my character studies. So, do you know what that mean? Book two is in the works! Finally. I plan to have that puppy drafted out in November and finished before the end of January. Will that happen? I don’t really know, but I will at least have it drafted by the end of Nano. Right?
I am struggling with a title for book two. I am thinking I may hold a contest for ideas. I wanted the title to be “A Howl in the Night – Dawn Breaks” but I have a feeing that is too close to the Twilight novels. Since that is what is stuck in my brain, I am having trouble thinking up other titles. Regardless, the outline is done. The novel is simply waiting to be written. I’m excited. Come on November! I’m ready for you.