Hallowe’en, etc.

October 31, 2008

It’s All Hallow’s Eve,
Better known as Hallowe’en;
Go trick-or-treating. 

 

It’s Carve a Pumpkin Day, Frankenstein Friday,  Halloween, Increase Your Psychic Powers Day, and Lupus Awareness Month.  Frankenstein Friday is the last Friday in October.

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National Candy Corn Day and Mischief Night

October 30, 2008

I love candy corn.
(Though, not everybody does.)
It’s personal taste.

 

It’s National Candy Corn Day and Mischief Night.  It’s easy and fun to make a snack mix that includes candy corn.  The combination I see the most is candy corn, M&M’s, and salted peanuts.  Other candy coated chocolate could be substituted for the M&M’s, and chocolate coated peanuts could be substituted for both them and the peanuts.  Other things that could be added in various combinations or alone are other nuts, honey roasted nuts, chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, pretzels, popcorn, various cereals (like O’s or cereal squares), licorice bites, jelly beans, bite-sized candies, and raisins.


Hermit Day and National Frankenstein Day

October 29, 2008

Yes, I’m a hermit;
People say it like it’s bad,
But I disagree.

 

It’s Hermit Day and National Frankenstein Day.  I’m not a true hermit; I don’t live on my on in seclusion.  But, I do enjoy being by myself, doing my own thing.


How I’m Voting

October 28, 2008

Apparently, a lot of bloggers tell people how they’re voting, and someone I know has joined this group.  I like how this was written; it’s not overly long considering the amount of information covered.  But, I will probably vote differently on a few of them.  I plan to vote for …

the people I think will do the best job in their respective positions. 

Here’s the thing for me:  I don’t know why who I’m voting for should convince someone else to vote the same way.  I don’t know why people vote for someone ‘because that person is going to win anyway’.  If all the people who voted for ‘the person who’s going to win anyway’ would vote for someone else, maybe the inevitable winner wouldn’t win after all.  Sure, this wouldn’t turn the tide all the time.  Heck, it probably wouldn’t change it most of the time.  But, I believe it would change it some of the time, and that’s the point.  Sometimes the inevitable winner doesn’t win.


Plush Animal Lover’s Day and Awareness Month

October 28, 2008

Plush, stuffed animals
Are what life is made for, or
At least, childhood.

 

It’s Plush Animal Lover’s Day and Awareness Month.


NaNoWriMo

October 27, 2008

NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) is coming.  It’s a writing opportunity that spans the month of November.  The goal it to write a story that is (at least) 50,000 words in that time.  It’s interesting to note that in the middle of the month (Nov. 15) is a write-a-thon event California that writers can go to if they raise at least $200 through Firstgiving by the 10th.

I encourage people who think they have a novel in them to try to write it this coming up month.

In my case, I don’t know if I have a novel in me.  Sure, I have a lot of story ideas, but I’m not sure if any of them are long enough to be a novel.  I had heard that the word count was 30,000 (or, on average, 1000 words a day) and thought I just might be able to make that, but probably not even that.  So, when I found out that the word count was 50,000 (about 1,667 words a day), I was even more discouraged.  I know that most of my story ideas would make short stories (or micro stories, if you count 55-a-day), but I don’t know that they would make a full length novel.  Another problem for me is that I can’t bring in a preexisting story (at least that’s how I read it), and I’ve written down scenes from most of my stories; so, I’m not sure if I can use any of them.

So, I may or may not participate this year, but I still encourage others to try.


National Tell a Story Day (in Scotland and the U.K.), etc.

October 27, 2008

Just tell a story,
Whether it’s fiction or not,
Or some other kind.

 

It’s National Tell a Story Day (in Scotland and the U.K.), Navy Day, and Seafood Month.  National Tell a Story Day is on April 27tn in the U.S.