gillianflynn1Spooktober Gratitude

I'm gratefulfor so many things this October that it's hard to know where to start.

The Day of the Dead exhibit at the Guardino Gallery brought a smile to my face every time I walked past.

Halloween has always been my favorite holiday. It has little to do with trick-or-treat, though when I was young, I enjoyed the freedom of dressing up in a costume, walking up to any stranger's home, ringing the doorbell, and extorting candy out of them with the magic phrase "Trick-or-treat."

What a wonderful social contract.

Halloween is the only holiday where we give a nod to death.

I am never more aware of my certain but unpredictable demise than when I walk among the autumn leaves.

The other day, I came across this anonymous quote: "The trees are about to show us how lovely it is to let the dead things go."

The bright colors of the autumn leaves are such a lovely way to remind us to leave our past behind and be grateful for the precious lives we have.

In this issue, I am grateful to Jess Lourey for sharing her thoughts on NaNoWriMo.

I am grateful to newsie Pam Stack of Authors on the Air Radio Online for generously donating to keep Mysterious News's servers up and running for a couple months.

I am grateful to newsie Stephen Campbell and friend of newsies Taylor Stevens for allowing me to share their wonderful three-part writing workshop with you.

cataloniancandidatecoverredcopyAnd I'm grateful to the advance readers of The Catalonian Candidate (now available for pre-order on Amazon)for leaving a review when the book releases on Novmber 1.

Oh, and I'm grateful that you took the time to read the Spooktober Edition of Mysterious News.

Julie Mulhern - Send in the Clowns | Hacking the Craft by Taylor Stevens and Stephen Campbell | Why to NaNoWriMo by Jess Lourey | Shirley Jackson and the Haunting of Facebook | Spooktober Gratitude

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