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Happy Halloween everyone ~ hope it’s a scary one.

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When it’s craft time at the Auntie B’s World Headquarters my favorite way to make repetitive projects more interesting is to listen to old time radio shows while I work.  And not just any old time radio, scary old time radio.  Shows like Inner Sanctum, Lights Out, and Quiet Please always keep me rivited to my project as well as to my seat.

One of my favorite sources for free scary radio shows is The Monster Club.  They have a library of five hundred free shows ready to listen to instantly or download to your computer.  When they ask you for a password simply type in “boo13.”

Instead of watching the many sequels of various slasher movies on cable this Halloween weekend why not light a few of Auntie B’s candles and listen to and episode or two of Suspense?  Let your imagination run wild!

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It’s That Time Again

It’s not that hard to get a book published these days.  With self-publishing you don’t even need those pesky editors and publishers, not to mention agents.  I won’t go so far as to say this is a good thing because I’m one of those people who wants to read good books.  I have a little predjudice in that I figure if someone has to go through all the red tape of getting a book published (those pesky editors, publishers, and agents) the book must be good.  Not necessarily so.  It’s also not necessarily so that a self-published book is a bad one.

The bottom line isn’t about who publishes a book though, it’s about who writes it.  The hard part isn’t getting it published, it’s getting it written, or at least that’s what I believe.  I would bet a great majority of people have at least once in their lives fantasized about writing a book.  Picture it, sitting at an isolated mountain retreat with your laptop and a never-ending pot of coffee, typing away at The Great American Novel.  You can totally see yourself doing it.  The thing is, you need a plot, characters, and a beginning, middle, and end of a story.  That’s hard.

The people over at NaNoWriMo are here to help.  November is National Novel Writing Month and dozens (if not hundreds, nay thousands) of people join the challenge to write a 50,000-word novella in the span of thirty days.  It’s a blast, and if you register at NaNoWriMo you can commiserate and celebrate with your fellow novelists.  You don’t even need to be at a mountain retreat to do it!

I’m going to give it a shot again this year.  I completed a “novel” a couple of years ago and it stunk.  But I did it and I’m proud of the discipline I had.  Don’t try to find me on the NaNoWriMo site because like most good novelists I’m going to have a pseudonym.  Probably something like John Smith.  I’m even going to open up a new (and private) blog for storage of my literary work of art.

I know a couple of you out there who could whip out 50,000 words without a problem.  Quit making excuses ~ it requires less than 1700 words a day.  This post alone has over 350 words and it took me less than 20 minutes to write them.

Join me this coming Tuesday for the big kick-off.  NaNoWriMo will be glad to have you, and the world will be glad to have your novel.  NaNoWriMo begins November 1st.  As Nike says, “just do it!”

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Ach Du Lieber!

The day started early. Husby and I had our belongings gathered and packed by 6:00 a.m. Just as we were ready to head out to Ruttger’s for the Oktoberfest we saw a house on a semi trailer traveling slowly down the quiet, dark streets of Deerwood, MN.  I wonder where it was going…

This event, Oktoberfest, was a new experience as we had to set up in the dark.  I’ve never done an outdoor show this late in the season and it was cold in the wee hours of the morning.  By 8:00 a.m. the chill had set into my bones and I was shivering, but was saved by a complimentary danish and steaming cup of cocoa provided by the event coordinators. 

By show time the sun was out and so were the people.

Lots and lots of people.  As the day wore on I began seeing some pretty odd characters.  Wait!  That isn’t a person ~ that’s a cat!  I’m not sure what the tradition is with the costumes we saw, but I’m sure it’s very German and Oktoberfesty. 

For me they were just a little scary, but very friendly nonetheless.

There was music and food and tons of vendors set up for craft and art shopping.  There was a juggler, a balloon sculpting guy and a “bouncy house” as I heard it referred to by a little girl passing by.  Of course there was also beer, a necessary staple for Oktoberfest.

Everyone was having a marvelous time.  I took a picture of part of my candle display just for fun.  I didn’t notice until now how Spiced Cranberry appears to be posing for the camera.  And it should!  A fantastic fragrance and beautiful candle if I may say so.

It was a wonderfully bright autumn day.   Roadie Husby and I were happy to participate in such a fun event and we’d be glad to go back next year!  So long, Ruttger’s, until then.

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Paisley And Paneling

It’s Sunday night and I’ve spent the entire day restocking product from the Ruttger’s Oktoberfest craft show, unpacking the suitcase, doing laundry, ironing, making a delicious and nutritious dinner of pizza rolls and an apple, balancing a checkbook, and working on business paperwork.  I can’t complain too much because I slept in this morning for the first time in many weeks.  Usually sleeping in equates to 7:30 a.m.  Today it was more like 9:00.  Heaven!  It will be nice to crawl back into bed this evening.

On Friday Husby and I spent the night at the Deerwood Motel and had our choice of three beds!  We had to choose wisely, however, as the room rate was based on how many beds were used instead of how many people occupied the room.

We chose the middle bed as it accommodated both of us and wasn’t right next to the window. Goblins come in through windows you know, so we couldn’t take the chance of being caught unawares.

I love motels like this one.  It’s old but clean and tidy.  The busy bedspreads are standard prop in motels like this, but are toned down by the lovely paneled walls.  Our room was especially fancy because it also had a recliner.

We didn’t use the chair except as a place to stow some of our stuff in order to keep the unused beds tidy, but it was good to know it was available if needed.  There was plenty of room for my candles ~ I don’t like to keep them out in the truck overnight.  I also like to open up the top of the tubs to keep the candles from sucking in other candles’ scents.  The pretty floral wallpaper on the wall next to the cute little desk gave me an urge to sit down and write a letter to someone.  I was much too tired, though, so I didn’t.

As with all classic motels this one came with the requisite motel artwork.  Breathtaking landscapes are always a good choice in a vintage motel. I’m pretty sure it was bolted to the wall. And why not? It’s so steal-worthy.

All joking aside we had a very nice, albeit short, stay at the Deerwood Motel.  We arrived after 7:00 p.m. on Friday and left by 6:00 a.m. on Saturday to begin our day at Ruttger’s.  I’ll write more about that tomorrow.  Right now I have to crawl into my own bed with freshly laundered sheets.  As much as I like to visit rustic and retro motels there’s really nothing better than a night in my own bed.  Pleasant dreams to me!

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Snack Time

I first heard about this snack from my mom.  When she told me about it I thought, really?  I couldn’t imagine it to be much of anything.  Then when I got my hair done I saw a bowl of it on the reception counter at the salon.  My hairdresser encouraged me to try some, so I did.  I knew immediately why my mom wanted to spread the news about this taste treat.

Dry roasted peanuts and candy corn. That’s it. I mixed equal parts of each and found it to be most delicious combination of sweet and salty. It tastes like a salted nut roll. And the colors are so autumny!  The bowl of my snack mix went perfectly with the autumn anniversary flowers Husby gave me.

I love having snack mix out for company, even if my company consists only of Captain Jack Sparrow on my TV screen. Do you have a favorite recipe for snack mix? Please share!

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