Happy Halloween!

Well, okay, today isn’t Halloween, but since actual Halloween is on a Monday, a lot of people are celebrating today and tomorrow. I’ll be attending a Halloween party tonight with the dance troupe I’m in. We’re dressing up as elves from The Lord of the Rings!

I’ve got some exciting things happening in the next couple of months. First, I’ve revamped (haha, pun intended) my website. It now has a store where you can buy signed copies of Grigory’s Gadget, candles, teas, and Steamship Pirate t-shirts!

I’ve also got some things up my sleeve for the holiday season – sign up for my newsletter to be the first to hear about them! You won’t want to miss out!

In November, I’ve decided to commit to doing National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). I actually wrote the first draft of Grigory’s Gadget for NaNoWriMo 2010, and overhauled that draft for NaNoWriMo 2014. Now, I’m going to utilize NaNoWriMo to churn out my first draft of it’s sequel, Serafima’s Stone. I’ll be doing short live videos on my Facebook page every day in November with updates on my progress!

Finally, beginning in December, I’ll be participating in the Collaborative Writing Challenge – Project 7: Steampunk! This challenge will produce a unique steampunk novel written by up to 30 different authors! Each week, four or five writers will submit a chapter of roughly 2000 words, and one will be selected as part of the story, until we get to 30 chapters. I’m very excited to participate in this project!

Spooky Reading Suggestions

It’s October! In the spirit (ba-dum-chhh) of this month, I thought I’d compile a list of spooky book suggestions. Some of these books are ones I’ve read and enjoyed, others are on my own TBR list.

For younger audiences:

  • Any Goosebumps book. These books were staple for me growing up!
  • The Thief of Always by Clive Barker. This book was the first I read by Clive Barker when I was in Junior High School. It instantly sealed Barker as one of my favorite authors!

Young Adult and beyond:

  • The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux. Yes, the musical was based on a book, and the book is amazing! It delves deeper into the past and psyche of the titular Phantom and the games he plays.
  • Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. A classic, and regarded to be the very first science fiction story ever published!
  • Anything by Edgar Allan Poe. That should be self-explanatory 😉 I specifically enjoyed “The Fall of the House of Usher”, “The Masque of the Red Death”, and, of course, “The Raven”.
  • The Hellbound Heart by Clive Barker. While Clive Barker is one of my favorite authors, I still haven’t read what is arguably his most famous book, on which the movie Hellraiser was based. It’s high-up on my TBR!
  • The Parasol Protectorate series by Gail Carriger. This is a great choice if you want some spook/supernatural elements, but aren’t interested in horror. These books are light-hearted and funny!

Feel free to leave your own suggestions in the comments, or to talk about what you’re reading this month!

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween everyone! Here’s just a quick update on the Grigory’s Gadget campaign:

  • With just over one week left, we’ve raised $1,400! Thank you all so much!
  • With the end in sight, I’ve decided to run a Referral Contest!

How It Works: Using the Share buttons on the Indiegogo page, share my campaign wherever you want (Facebook, Twitter, Google+, etc) (make sure you use the buttons on the Indiegogo page!-it’s the only way I can be sure that your referrals will count!). You’ll be entered into the contest if someone clicks on your link and then contributes to the campaign!

Winning and the Prize: The winner will be whoever has the most contributions from their referrals! The prize will be your choice of a FREE Steamship Pirate t-shirt or a FREE Grigory’s Gadget candle, as well as a social media thank-you shoutout (unless you don’t want that)! The Referral Contest runs through the end of the campaign!

I hope you all enjoy the holiday! Be safe and make sure to eat a lot of candy 😉