"You don't believe the story of the Great Pumpkin? I thought little girls always believed everything that was told to them." - Linus, It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown

Oh man, it's been a while since I last posted! I'm sorry about that! In my own defense, Halloween happened, and then NaNoWriMo started, and I've had some evening auditions, not to mention that the election was on Tuesday night...!

(For the record, I'm not going to say anything about politics on here. I have very strong political views, and if you'd like to message or email me, I'd be happy to discuss them there! But I like to think I also generally know better than to get into political fights on the internet!)

Well, it might not be fair for me to use NaNoWriMo as an excuse, considering how far I've already fallen behind on my novel. Like, really behind. Like, it's Day 6 (word goal: 10,002) and I'm only a little bit past Day 1 (word goal: 1,667). Oops! But I do have a history with falling severely behind during NaNoWriMo, and I always manage to make it work in the end. Last time I did it, two years ago, I had only written 20,000 words by the last week, but after several sessions of marathon writing and two days in a row where I literally wrote more than 10,000 words in a day, I finished it with 15 minutes to spare!

For those of you who don't know, NaNoWriMo is short for National Novel Writing Month, and it's a challenge wherein participants attempt to write a 50,000 word novel in just the month of November. It's ridiculous and crazy and you don't have time to edit or actually make your novel good, but it's also awesome. The great thing about it is that it forces you to just sit down and write. To just do it. To accept that what is coming out is awful, and do it anyway. Because my novels every year that I've won (four out of five years I've done it!) have generally been awful, but I did them.

The other great thing about NaNoWriMo is that it's also good practice at the art of being a writer. At being disciplined enough to just sit down and write, regardless of how inspired you are or how you feel or how much you don't want to. Because of course writing is re-writing, and you'll never have a good piece of work without tons of editing, but you can't re-write or edit something that doesn't exist yet!

A better way of putting it: The difference between writers and people who want to be writers is that writers write. And if you want to be a writer, this challenge is one of the best ways I know to make you actually become one. Just because your writing won't necessarily be good doesn't mean that you won't have written it, making you, you know, a writer.

And now that I've used the word "write" so much that it's lost all meaning to me...

It's got nothing to do with most of the rest of this post, but I had a great time on Halloween, and I wanted to show off my costume!

Yup, I was an Instagram picture! Originally I was going to be Daenerys Targaryen from Game of Thrones, and I got a solid portion of the way into that costume, but then I thought of this and it was just too clever not to do. (Besides, I can finish Dany for a convention sometime.)

The thing that I most realized as I was finishing it was that I was going out as Instagram, using my actual Instagram username and everything, through the streets of New York on Halloween, which was the Friday of Halloweekend, which meant that I promoted myself so much last week. I got followers from it and everything! Which, not gonna lie, was kinda cool, but when I was a kid, growing up and dreaming about this career, I never thought I would dress up as a walking advertisement for Halloween.

...But hey, in the end, anything in the name of something clever, right? Everyone who recognized what I was as I walked down the street (which was nearly everybody) got a good laugh out if it. And, as over the top cheesy as this is, if I made people smile, that's all that really matters in the end, right?

Tell me what you guys dressed up as for Halloween, too! Bonus points if there are pictures. Otherwise I may have to believe that it just didn't happen.