Sunday, October 28, 2012

If it's Samhain, it must be Frankenstorming.

Yeah, yeah, we all knew this would happen.  I've caved to the peer pressure and have committed to doing NaNoWriMo again this year.  Look me up there if you want to be my writing buddy -- my name is aliantha.  (Bonus points for non-Watchers who get the reference.)

And also, if you're doing NaNo, I did the aforementioned podcast interview with the nice ladies at Bookgoodies.net on Thursday, as scheduled.  We talked about how to write 50,000 words in a month without losing your mind.  There's a link on the Radio Appearances page already, but I'll put it below, too.

In preparation for being swamped for the month of November, I've been doing a little prep work ahead of the publication of Tapped.  There's a new book trailer on the Book Trailers tab.  Also, if you scroll waaaaay down to the bottom of the page, you'll see a little graphic that reminds us all that the end of the Mayan calendar -- and, more importantly, the time frame for the events in Seized -- are fast approaching.

Speaking of being swamped, we here at La Casa de Cantwell are beginning to feel the effects of Hurricane Sandy, which is supposed to come ashore north of DC sometime tomorrow.  The hurricane is setting up a little ménage à trois with a nor'easter and a high pressure front, which together are forcing Sandy inland at a somewhat unusual place.  The rain started here around 4:00 this afternoon, and we're expecting it to continue, with the added delight of 70 m.p.h. wind gusts and sustained winds of 30-40 m.p.h., for much of tomorrow and Tuesday.  I fully expect my power to go out once the wind kicks up, so I'll be collecting flashlights and candles from their hiding places presently.  (One nice thing about being Pagan -- I'm usually fully stocked with candles....)

But that's not my biggest worry.  No, my biggest worry is driving up to Toronto on Thursday for the World Fantasy Convention.  This storm is supposed to cause snow in the Appalachians through western Maryland and western Pennsylvania; naturally, I was planning to drive through there.  My hope is that if the storm dumps on them Tuesday, by Thursday at least the main roads will be cleared.  We'll see how it goes.

And as a friend claims I used to say, "If you're not in crisis, you're dead."  (I don't remember ever saying it, but it's a good line, so I don't mind taking credit for it.)

I'm sure there's other stuff I wanted to talk about tonight, but the storm's kind of muddled my head....  Oh, here's the link for the NaNo tips podcast.  Just click on the icon and away you go.  The whole thing is about ten minutes long.



That's all I got tonight.  Gonna go dig out the candle lantern now.  Stay safe and dry, and happy Samhain/Halloween!

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