I’ve always loved October. As a little girl growing up in Ohio, it was the change of seasons with all of the beautiful leaves, the crisp cool weather, and the autumn foods my mother made. Pumpkin bread, chili and stews, apple pies, all made me look forward to October. And then of course, there was Halloween! We didn’t buy our Halloween costumes, we would scrounge around the house go through old clothes and accessories, and create our own costumes. My favorite was the year I was Mary Poppins.
As I got older, of course, I planned treats and costumes for my kids, and my youngest son’s birthday is near the end of the month, so he often chose to have a Halloween themed birthday party. I loved planning those parties and taking our boys trick or treating.
I live in Los Angeles now, so no colored leaves or dramatic change in temperature, and my kids are grown, so no costume planning or trick or treating, but October is still a wonderful month. Somehow, it’s now filled with writer events. The InD’Scribe conference for Indie authors is held in October, the OCC RWA Birthday Bash is in October, and this year, our new reader group The Charmed Connection is having a 5 day Halloween Event on facebook. So it’s a month of learning, sharing, writing, stories and books. What more could a girl want?
If you’d like to join us for any or all of The Charmed Connection Halloween Event hosted by our Charmed Writers, on facebook. Just click on the link below.
We’ll be sharing Halloween Flash Fiction stories, recipes, games and PRIZES! There are nearly 100 authors in Charmed Writers, best selling authors in all genres, award winning authors and debut authors, if you love books, this is truly a ‘charmed’ place to hang out.
What are your favorite things about October? Scary stories? Baking? Costumes and parties? What were your favorite things as a child?
No girl forgets her first.
As in her first RWA conference. Mine was Atlanta 2006. Ah, yes, I still remember the Harlequin Party at the Ritz Carlton and the meet-up with the OCC crowd. The boxes and boxes of books stacked in conference rooms, waiting to be opened. The great speech Nora Roberts gave that year.
And my hotel room.
The toilet didn’t work. There I was, just off the Atlanta Link shuttle, exhausted from the long flight, bags in my room, shoes off, when I had to wait for maintenance…
Like I said, you remember your first.
Hopefully everyone’s loo is in good working order at this year’s national conference once again being held in Atlanta July 17-20th, but I can’t help but chuckle when I look back at my experience at RWA 2006.
Here’s the video I shot of my bathroom saga:
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