Phew. Made it. It’s November.

The weather is getting colder and I can feel the dread of winter just around the corner. Trying hard not to think about that, with the beautiful sunny day we’re having outside, and that we just bought a new snow blower. Hoping that the whole seasonal affected thing will leave me alone more than it has the last three years. Hoping for a little more free time than we had in October.


We had quite the squadron of Trick-or-Treaters last night. Bryon decorated the yard in a Japanese ghost theme. He used the tori he made for AnimeIowa, and put up fluorescent ghost balls strung above a grave yard. The kids loved it. It sounds like you all had a wonderful time at World Fantasy, but I missed this last year, the whole Halloween gig. I put on my fox ears and Japanese temple outfit, and handed out cowtails. It was good. It was seasonal. It was real, a chance to connect with the real world. My town, anyway. It strikes me that it’s easy to become sort of myopic, being a writer on the Internet. That’s a lot of buzz. Tiny children taking your candy is a refreshing change of pace.

All right. Trying not to let what I suspect might be flu win. Trying to get a few evaluations in the bag today.


Author: Catherine Schaff-Stump

Catherine Schaff-Stump writes fiction for children and young adults. Her most recent book, The Vessel of Ra, is the first book in the Klaereon Scroll series. She is currently working on its sequel, as well as penning the middle grade adventures of Abigail Rath, monster hunter.

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