Pumpkins. Pumpkins everywhere.
IT IS THE BEST TIME OF THE YEAR! :D
Well, I'd like to think so. I've already gotten some fresh apple cider, I need to restock on this really awesome salted caramel chai hot chocolate mix, and nothing beats a Blue Moon Pumpkin Spice beer on a football Sunday (don't get me started on the Giants...I've already admitted defeat for this season because no one really comes back to relevance after an 0-4 record, and I will not reveal my second team considering the "curse" that has plagued my other sports teams this year. It is true that the majority of sports fans, athletes, and former athletes are quite superstitious...so I'm not telling! Does not mean that I have abandoned the Giants completely...I'm still a loyal fan, after all!).
Since October starts this week, I'll be happily putting up the Halloween decorations around the house. I'll definitely be plotting some pumpkin carving ideas (believe it or not, last year was the first time I ever carved a pumpkin!) for when we do nab a pumpkin from either Whole Foods or Trader Joe's. I'm hoping to see if maybe I'll get to pull off Jack Skellington cupcakes this year too...if not, there's always next year! And yes, I've already gotten my Halloween costume. Normally, I start thinking about it in the late summer. I go through maybe ten ideas, start planning how I would go about a particular costume, and BAM! I end up with something else. I don't get bummed out though, for a Halloween addict like myself has a costume wish list, and I know I'll get to be whatever I have listed another year. I think my most memorable costume is my being Wednesday Addams in my senior year of high school (though my "vampire aristocrat" costume from my sophomore year of high school comes pretty close too!).
And hey, what's an October without a Halloween-a-thon of movies? I may or may not have started already...it does not bother me that it is still technically September. I have quite the list for that too, and it's a tradition Mom and I have carried out for many years. I seriously wish though, that they went back to playing the original Addams Family like they had in the past. It's been hard to find The Munsters as well...I'll have to invest in a DVD set. I also need to rectify the fact that I have never seen an episode of the classic Dark Shadows. For shame, I know. Until then, I watch other classics like The Nightmare Before Christmas, The Corpse Bride, Hocus Pocus, Practical Magic, The Crow, and so on. The baking nerd loves watching Halloween Wars on the Food Network too. How about that new Sleepy Hollow show too? It didn't take me long in the pilot episode to start grinning like an idiot and declaring that I'm hooked. Do yourself a favor, and watch it. Oh, and I did visit the actual town of Sleepy Hollow a few years back....
That would indeed be Washington Irving's grave. It's safe to say I was grinning like I would in a bookstore for most of that day since completing that pilgrimage of sorts (thanks Mom and Jean!). I think he gave me some magic considering the poem I wrote after that visit (I used a few pictures I took from the graveyard as my references) actually made it to The Reverie, which is a literary magazine Green Mountain College publishes each year. I made the edition that was published in my junior year (which is when I did visit Sleepy Hollow). Even though it was a poem, I can say I left something of myself behind there! Now that I think about it, it is a rather dark poem. How did my professors miss that and think me crazy for wanting to write dark fantasy novels? *shrugs* Oh well.
Speaking of novels, I finished last week with a total of 6,502 words. To my defense, I only worked three days. I was sort of dealing with some "dark" things of my own, if the last entry hadn't given that idea to you. It is behind me now, thankfully. I sort of celebrated my "release and acceptance" of things by going out of the house to write. Where did I go? *Drumroll* Starbucks. Yes, I can see the facepalm actions now. But I really, really wanted a white chocolate mocha, and they're the only ones who do it right!
Perhaps the fact that no Starbucks has ever gotten my name right will make you feel better. I seriously wondered if perhaps there's something wrong with my diction, since I do have a tendency to mumble now and then, but no! I always emphasize "Mel-a-NIE" to "Mel-o-DY". Oh well. At least I haven't had bad coffee despite the different identity.
I don't intend to spend each outing at Starbucks, you know. I have a plan to check out as many cafes here as I can (budget providing), and I'll determine which one proves to be more "inspiring". Coffee and pastries will play an important role too, of course. I do intend to go back to Starbucks on Wednesday though, considering that I'm still craving more white chocolate mocha coffee. I pray there are madeleine cookies this time, since coffee cake isn't really laptop friendly. I also can't make fun of the stereotype, considering that my Starbucks outing (which lasted about two and a half hours) helped me produce a total of 2,658 words that day. Speaking of which, I haven't even finished the month of September yet and I've already broken past the 50,000 total word milestone. I started this book in the second to last week of August. I'm both amazed and horrified about this. It is an accomplishment, however, and I shouldn't undermine myself. Book 3 will technically go through more editing than the first two books because again, this is new territory for the storyline. It differs greatly from the original ideas I wrote down back in high school for this part of the tale. I at least know I'm still doing something right when my biggest critic, who also knows my writing best, is still enjoying what I've done so far. Thank the gods for that.
Here's to hoping this week is far more productive, that maybe the barista will get my name right, and to decorating the house for the holiday I love most. I'm off to indulging in apple cider now. It's times like these that I miss Vermont and Brown's farm...they had the best apple cider and who doesn't love a cider doughnut? :D