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  • None of this is okay.

    I have gone back and forth on whether to post so many times my brain thinks it’s watching a tennis match. In the end, I feel like I should say something about *waves like wacky inflatable arm guy* everything.

    I’m not qualified to talk about this in so many ways. It’s not my experience, and I’m certainly not educated enough on systemic racism, ingrained bias, black/POC American history (I just learned about Fred Hampton for shit’s sake), or the way politics work to be able to speak intelligently. I’ve done some personal work, but not nearly enough.

    I just want to be clear.  I see you. I support you. I will strive to always be better and do better. I will listen and respect when you tell me what you need. I will use my privilege as often and as well as I can.

    If you see something troubling or offensive in my stories, please tell me. I am learning, and committed, but I can’t promise I won’t make mistakes. I can promise I will thank you for telling me, and correct it.

    I am here if you need me.

    Stay safe.

  • A Tiny Present

    My tiny little present to you is a playlist of some of my favorite Christmas/holiday songs. Some are traditional favorites with a twist, others aren’t traditional at all. I hope you enjoy them!

     

  • Thankful place setting

    Do you even turkey, bro?

    I don’t know what’s happening here, but the turkey looks rightfully concerned.

    If you’re in the US, and you celebrate, happy Thanksgiving! I’m doing this a day early because tomorrow I’ll be sleeping in and then cooking one side dish for our small family get together. My brother is hosting, so most of the cooking is on him and my sister-in-law.

    If you’re heading to a get together that could get awkward, or even ugly, remember Captain Awkward has some great scripts so you can be prepared. I’ve linked to the family category, but all her stuff is amazing. Truly the no bullshit advice columnist we all need. Also, take care of you.

    If you aren’t in the US, you should totally try some green bean casserole, mashed potatoes, and pecan pie.

    In either case, have a great day! If you can’t think of anything to be grateful for, remember that I’m grateful for you.

  • October!

    October is my favorite month. Not only is it home to my favorite holiday Halloween, it’s also the month of my birthday, my mom’s birthday and my anniversary. October is full of good things for me. I even (inadvertently) have Halloween cats!

    Agent Floofy Buttkins and Rorschach. It's so far proven impossible to get a good picture of them both at the same time.
    So big good things in October. I also tend to reexamine goals and set new ones. Refresh and hit the reset button. This October, I’m hitting the reset button on my writing. Not entirely, but I’m giving my books and newsletter a makeover and adding a few secrets for subscribers.
     
    Along with all that, I still need to get some pumpkins and run to Costco for candy. Our neighborhood is hit or miss for big numbers of trick-or-treaters. Some years we run out early, and some years we’re eating fun-sized candy bars well past Christmas.
     
    I’m not sure I’ll have time to make a new costume this year, and right now, both kids are saying they don’t want to trick-or-treat, which makes me sad. I’m hoping they change their minds. Even if they don’t want to troll the neighborhood for candy, they have fun handing it out to the kids who visit our house.
     
    The critters are covered since I picked up a cardboard haunted house with a scratcher floor for the cats and a skeleton sweatshirt for the dog at Aldi. Their “finds” section gets me every time.
     

    What are you dressing up as for Halloween?

  • It’s my absolute favorite month of the year

    My birthday and my favorite holiday happen in October. Plus the weather in fall is super nice, especially in the South where it can stay above 60* F until into December. (I’ve learned that’s my freezing point, and I typically don’t thaw until it gets back above 73* F).

    Looking forward to busting out the apple cider and decorating the house. The big’un gets scared easily so we have to tone it down for him but I’m more of an elegant, spooky Halloween person than a gory, bloody Halloween person anyway. My husband is way into scary movies and especially likes Witch and Insidious. My usual movie choices are those with lots of explosions. Silly action flicks are my jam. I appreciate the odd bit of a scare though. I’m most entertained by those that have a dose of humor like Happy Death Day, Tucker and Dale Vs. Evil and the classic April Fool’s. What scares me silly are high tension stories in frozen or underwater settings. John Carpenter’s The Thing is my favorite horror movie ever. I’ve seen it dozens of times and it still scares the crap out of me.

    The best one I’ve seen recently is A Quiet Place, though I’m not sure it qualifies as horror exactly. We watched the Netflix original Malevolent tonight. It was entertaining but entirely predictable.

    What’s your favorite horror movie? Seen any good recent ones?

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