What's Up Wednesday- Post-Halloween Edition

Post-Halloween Edition

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Lovely reading for this week! BLUE LILY, LILY BLUE & we're listening to THE NIGHT CIRCUS before bed. (one of my all-time favorites) Both books that remind me why I want to write.


I'm doing sort of a partial NaNo this year. Meaning that I capitalize on all the great energy and encouragement, but I don't kill myself to put out a huge word count. I've been working on a fun new project and also adding to LOVE AND OTHER CURIOSITIES. Usually, I don't draft two projects at once, but I've been inspired for a little of both lately.


Finally having a little time to write is HUGE. October was the most crazy, busy, wonderful, stressful month. But I did it! I completed everything. I made all the deadlines (including a full magazine feature in Cloud Orchid magazine for some of my crazy Etsy creations) and actually was able to finish my own Halloween costume. (Though I had to tweak it at the last minute.) But Fall just feels like writing to me. It's a mug and laptop and all the words just pouring out like they should. And having a little time to myself to relish in it...priceless.


We forgot to take a picture of my costume until about 3am,
so the lights had faded a bit, but you get the general idea.
Also, had to scale down the 7 ft antlers
so that I "didn't put someone's eye out"
HALLOWEEN! After living and breathing all things Halloween for weeks & weeks, you think I would have been burned out by the time the actual holiday rolled around. But we had an absolute Blast!! This was our 8th Annual Monster's Ball. (We kind of overdo it at our house...and by "we" I mean "me") Though Boy Chris tolerates my madness with good humor. Plus, he loves doing our custom Halloween homebrew. Sometimes I wonder if all the work will be worth it, but one party goer who didn't even know us said it was the best party that they had ever been to. I told them I could just kiss them for saying that because I really put a ton of time into it every year.

Into the Woods: Highlights- definitely our custom Bad Wolf Brown Ale; music around the bonfire (try playing the guitar in the dark after that much Sangria): the fire breather folks showed up in time for the Bonfire (and no one burned my house down): and best of all, the Cops didn't show up like last year (this one goes to 11)

And because at least one of you wanted to hear about the food:

A sample of the Menu: Black Forest Cake w/ coconut cream frosting (because Chocolate! Mine turned out more melty); Sweet potato avocado bites with heirloom tomatoes & microgreens; poison toffee apples (because they were just so gorgeously black); and trio of almond cheese spreads (hadn't made these before but they were tasty!) Every time someone asks me what vegans eat, I just say "Come to one of our parties and I'll show you" *grin*


  1. Oh my gosh, that Halloween bash looks fantastic! I never doubted it would be, but wow! Your costume turned out amazingly, Kris! That food looks so fancy and yummy, too. :D You and Boy Chris win Halloween. Period.

    That's awesome that you're getting some great drafting in. I'm so hoping I'll be there soon myself. How is THE NIGHT CIRCUS audiobook? That might be a great one to "reread" that way. Hope you're having a wonderful week, Kris! :D

    1. Aww...that is so sweet of you to say. I'm going to tell Boy Chris that you said we win, because it might help me talk him into next year's party. *grin*

      And the Night Circus audiobook is great. Typically, I hate it when the narrator uses different accents for different characters, but the reader is British and so he nails it somehow without it being too distracting. We recently listened to one with Southern accents and it just ruined the whole book, so we had to abandon ship.

      Hope your week is wonderful too!

  2. Wow! That's one heck of a party. It looks like something that would be a lot of fun to attend and a lot of work to organize. Congrats on pulling it off, and good luck getting back into writing now that it's all over.

    Have a great week!

    1. Thanks! The things that take the most work, are always the most worth it. Look at writing a book...holy ton of work Batman. ;)

      Hope you have a great week too!

  3. Sounds like you had a great time! Adapting NaNo to suit your own goals is a great idea - it's an inspiring time to be a writer even if you're not taking part! :)

    1. Yeah, I always look forward to NaNo time even if I'm not playing. :)

      Have a great week Emma!

  4. Wow I'm hungry now and your costume looks incredible! A partial NaNo sounds like a great idea. I'm hoping to beat my monthly word count record for the year (32k back in June) but I'm not sure how that's going to go with so much happening.

  5. Yay, I've been waiting to see pics :) Just wait, one of these years, I'm totally crashing the party!

  6. Best Halloween party ever, and your costume is fantastic, Kris! I hope you're enjoying BLLB as much as I am. I haven't read THE NIGHT CIRCUS, but I've heard it's awesome -- must pick it up soon. Have an awesome week, lady!

  7. Awesome costume! Looks like fun:) I love The Night Circus! I need to reread it asap. I know what you mean about having actual time to write. It makes world of difference. Good luck with your writing goals!

  8. That. Costume. Is. Awesome!! And the food looks amazing (I especially love the poison apples). What an amazing party, Kris!

    I can totally relate about BLLB being the kind of book that reminds me of why I want to write. :) I'll have to check out The Night Circus, too. Have a great week!

  9. Gorgeous costume! You definitely win Halloween with that one - all time champion :) Hearing so much about Blue Lily, Lily Blue this week...I must give these books a try! Thanks for the recommendation and Halloween inspiration!