Something pretty awesome happened last week: I finished the rough draft of Goodbye, Fare Thee Well, the novel I refer to as the “space pirate” one. It’s really not a space pirate novel, but that sounds really cool, right? So I’m taking a little break from writing fiction.

Oh, who am I kidding? A writer’s imagination never takes a break. Instead, I’m drawing up maps for the next book idea tentatively titled The Wandering Tree Tavern. What started out as a sci-fi book is now a full-on fantasy, and I blame TV shows such as Dark Crystal and Carnival Row for inspiring me.

This week has been a difficult one for me. I’ve been low on spoons because of my arthritis, as well as other things. I’ve been down on myself and tired and pretty grumpy. However, I will be tired this weekend at SEMOCon in Poplar Bluff, Missouri, and probably not so grumpy when I’m around my fellow nerds. I’ll be there all three days and will have books to sell (along with some other goodies). I’m also hosting a Cosplay Q&A panel on Sunday at 11 a.m. So come out and say hello!

I’m also in full-on Halloween mode, even if it is 100+ degrees outside, thanks to the heat index. Inside, I’ve turned my living room into a tribute of Disney Parks’ Haunted Mansion. And I’m beginning to gear up for my Halloween week trip: this year’s journey takes me to New Orleans. I’m actually kind of shocked I’ve never been there before, but I plan on eating my weight in good food and discovering everything I can about the city and its history.

Everyone should embrace their inner spooky, right? And with that being said, maybe it’s a good time to curl up with a good book and pray for cooler weather. I think Madame Vampire would be perfect for that, don’t you?

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