The Haunted Season
Ghosts | Ghosts | Reading | Writing

The Haunted Season

‘Tis the season for blustery days & drizzly nights, chimney smoke & warm cider, & best of all, for everything spooky & mysterious. Back when the kids were in public school, I got hooked on those true haunting shows. You know the ones—clips of real people telling about their spooky encounters intercut with recreations of…

What I’m Reading: They All Fall Down by Rachel Howzell Hall
Book Reviews | Mystery | Reading | Travel

What I’m Reading: They All Fall Down by Rachel Howzell Hall

I’m a sucker for a locked-room mystery. Or an isolated-island mystery, in this case. It’s day 114 of quarantine here, and while nobody has been killed off yet, I’ll admit I’m starting to have a lot more sympathy for all those characters trapped in country houses, abandoned islands, and snowbound trains. I’ve been looking forward…

What I’m Reading: The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle
Book Reviews | Mystery | Reading

What I’m Reading: The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle

Quarantine got you feeling like you’re trapped in the movie Groundhog Day? Then today’s book is just what you need. Or maybe not… I don’t know about you, but since our quarantine went into effect (15 weeks ago, but who’s counting?), my days have started to run together. Our Mother’s Day cards were late because…

6 Places to Find Character Names (that aren’t name your baby books)
Writing

6 Places to Find Character Names (that aren’t name your baby books)

A rose by any other name might smell as sweet, but when it comes to your characters, names matter. A lot. Would Harry Potter be the same character if he’d been named Archibald Beauregard III? I think not. So where can you look to find just the right names? Well, there’s always the old standby—the…

13 Spooky Literary Quotes for Halloween & 2 Free Printables
Freebies | Fun Stuff | Ghosts | Printables | Reading

13 Spooky Literary Quotes for Halloween & 2 Free Printables

When we think of hair-raising quotes, horror movies are often the first thing that come to mind. There’s no denying the spine-tingling effect that lines like “Now I want to play with yoooouuuu” still have after all these years. But horror movies don’t have a monopoly on creepy. Literature has quite a few chill-inducing quotes…

My Favorite Scrivener Tip for NaNoWriMo
Mystery | Writing

My Favorite Scrivener Tip for NaNoWriMo

November is right around the corner, and with it comes National Novel Writing Month. Stock up on coffee, tea, & chocolate, and let’s get writing! What is National Novel Writing Month? NaNoWriMo, as it is affectionately known by the thousands of writers who look forward to it each year, is a month-long writing free-for-all. The…