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Halloween

Halloween Highlight Reel of Terror

Rejoice, as the Halloween highlight reel is here. As my long-term readers know, each year I comb though video footage to collect the choicest screams from my Halloween house-staging. This was the first year I moved the set from the porch to inside the garage, allowing...

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My Halloween Theme

One of the best parts of Halloween is I have guaranteed newsletter content for a quarter of the year. In August or September I write how I'm stressed out that I haven't yet decided on a theme. In October I reveal the theme. And in November I always provide a recap...

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Give Me Halloween Ideas

Mid-July is when the Halloween nightmares start. The recurring dream is that it's 6 P.M. on Halloween night, kids are walking toward my house, and I totally forgot to decorate. I haven't put out one goddamn thing. My body is frozen in place, so I can't even get a...

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Oh, the humanity! My Halloween recap…

November 2018   My favorite post of the year, where I get share the highlight-reel video of my Halloween porch screams. As detailed in my last newsletter, this year's theme was a mishmash of previous ones, so my covered front porch was a chaotic mess of frights....

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Halloween is coming.

October 2018   You smell that? No, it's not the musk of fallen leaves, nor the stank of a Pumpkin Spice Latte. What you're smelling is fear. Specifically, little-kid fear. It's all around, because Halloween is just about here. I don't do Hobby Lobby Halloween at...

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A fortnight in October.

October 2017   Happy October—by far the best month of the year. Many of my stories have bits that occur in October, and, in the case of Mister Tender's Girl, the whole book takes places over two weeks of the month, from the middle of October through Halloween....

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Writing a novel with Sharpies.

September 2017   Novel writing by Sharpie! This is the closest thing to outlining I've ever done. I was 40,000 words into something new and writing, as I usually do, from the seat of my pants. But then I got stuck, big time. So I bought some butcher paper and...

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