Thoughtful, Thankful November

thoughtful-thankful-novemberNext to October, November is a great month to celebrate. In Northwest Arkansas, fall seems to be arriving late, so I’m looking forward to cooler weather and the leaves continuing to change.

November is that transition month between fall festivities and Christmas. It gets a little awkward mid-month, when the Christmas decorations go up and you still want to enjoy what fall has to offer before thinking about winter rolling in. Still, I look forward to the Christmas season and November gets to kick off that magical time of year. It’s also my birthday month (I have the honor of sharing a birthday with Madeleine L’Engle! Oh yes, and my twin).

Here’s a few things I’m thankful for this November.

Family and friends who have loved and supported me all year. This has been a year of HUGE transitions for us. A new house, a new vocation (farm much?), a new baby, a publishing contract. Yeah, it’s been a little busy around here. I was so lucky to have great friends and family (you know who you are) who checked in on me all through pregnancy (and commuting), our big move, and life as a family of three.

Which brings me to point number two. I’m thankful to have a daughter after a long and frustrating battle with infertility. It’s cliche to say, but it changes life completely, turns your previous priorities upside down, and makes life incredibly hectic but so worth it. We’re enjoying this baby girl!

Finally, I’m thankful for finding a publishing house that believes in my work and wants to publish my young adult dystopian series! There’s nothing more exciting for a writer than finding a means to bring your stories into the world. I can’t wait to see my books in print from Glass House Press.

What are you thankful for this November?


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October’s Last Glorious Weekend

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Here we are at the end of October when it feels like the month just started. If there was a way to trade another month for a second October, I would do it in a heartbeat. Do we really need January or August?

Since stopping time is impossible, at least in this dimension (am I right, sci-fi fans?), we’ll just have to enjoy the end of the month to the fullest. After all, there’s still pumpkin carving to be done, corn mazes to be wandered through, trick-or-treating and fall color!

Here’s a few fun things on my calendar this Halloween weekend in Northwest Arkansas:

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Friday, Oct. 28th – Animal Science Day! Ok, this one has me excited. The Department of Animal Science at the University of Arkansas is hosting an evening of Halloween fun at the Pauline Whitaker Equine Center. It’s free, costumes are encouraged and yes, animals are involved. Science and animals for Halloween. Win-win!

Saturday, Oct. 29th – Haunted Night on the Battlefield – This is a fun night at Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park. Follow candle lit luminaries down the battlefield to the Borden House for a spooky historical scene. Paranormal investigators are on the path to talk about tracking ghosts and other paranormal activity through the battlefield. If you make it back from the self-guided tour, there’s kettle corn and apple cider to warm your soul!

Sunday, October 30th – This is the last weekend to check out the corn mazes around the area and make last minute pumpkin purchases for carving!

Monday, October 31st – Halloween! Wear something spooky, something fun, and something that glows in the dark (for safety) and have fun!

And just for fun –

My favorite spooky story – A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle. It starts on a dark and stormy night, has three Whiches (misspelling intended!) and is about a dark, evil force trying to take over the universe one planet at a time.

My favorite Halloween show: It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown. Who doesn’t love the Peanuts gang? I always felt sorry for Linus though, spending all night in the pumpkin patch instead of having Halloween fun.

My favorite Halloween costume: I had a lot of great costumes growing up, but I loved dressing up as a Civil War soldier (Union, my twin was Confederate) and also as a bobby cop (opposite my twin’s convict suit.)

My favorite Halloween candy: Candy corn! What else!

You can still catch me as Blogger of the Month on the Arkansas Women Bloggers website and check out Glass House Press’s Battle of the Werewolves vs. Vampires on the GH blog.

Here in Northwest Arkansas, October has been unusually warm, so it looks like our fall colors will stretch into a hopefully cooler November! Hey, November’s a great month, too.

Have a fun and safe Halloween weekend!

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October’s Here! A Few Awesome Things for Everyone.

This morning when I stepped outside for my walk, the air was cool, the sun on the way up to a beautiful blue sky, the wind made leaves swirl from the trees and a hawk swooped through the air. At that moment, I felt tremendous joy simply for being alive.

If you know me, you know I love October. I can’t imagine a more perfect month. Chilly mornings, warm afternoons, clear blue skies, red and gold leaves, and a hint of spookiness thrown in as we head into Halloween. Such fun.

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This month I’m the Blogger of the Month for Arkansas Women Bloggers. You can check out my first post here. If you haven’t visited the Arkansas Women Bloggers blog before, stop by! It’s a fascinating read.

I was also recently featured on the Glass House Press blog. I’m still so excited to be a part of this press and can’t wait for you all to read Dreamers, but until it’s published, you can check out GHP’s other great authors!

We all know October means pumpkin everything! You’re either for Team Pumpkin or against it. If you’re for it, here’s a great pumpkin cookie recipe my mom made every year! If pumpkin isn’t your thing, check out the other great author fall favorites.

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If you’re in Northwest Arkansas this October, don’t miss True Lit Fest at the Fayetteville Library with keynote speaker Louis Sachar! I loved Holes (who didn’t?) and can’t wait to hear him speak. There’s also a wide variety of classes, author talks and even author pitch sessions. Don’t miss it!

If you’re celebrating October with kids, is your best bet on finding all the cool October activities happening in the area.

Enjoy the most beautiful month of the year!


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