#Arachtober – 5 Days Until Halloween

Florida huntsman spiders hide behind curtains and boxes pushed against the wall.  They're velvety brown and large, nearly the size of your hand.  Their legs tickle if you let them crawl over your fingers. You'll see them when you pull back the shower curtain or move something from under your bed.  But they'll skitter away, shy … Continue reading #Arachtober – 5 Days Until Halloween

The Little Man – 6 Days Until Halloween

The Little Man by Victoria Nations There's a little man crouching by the fence past the stop sign. He's bald and wearing a shapeless coat, and he reminds me of Uncle Fester, but he's grinning a little too wide. His teeth are very long. And he looks much too menacing to be an Addams. He’s … Continue reading The Little Man – 6 Days Until Halloween

Sunday Chores, Again – 13 Days Until Halloween

Two of my favorite sessions at the Florida Writers Conference were today.  I spent the morning delving in to how characters respond to supernatural elements and geeking out over writing horror so it fills a reader with dread. But there was time this afternoon to check off a Halloween task: pumpkins!  They were so bright, so huge, … Continue reading Sunday Chores, Again – 13 Days Until Halloween

October Is For Writing Conferences – 15 Days Until Halloween

It is an amazing feeling to write a scene, even a sentence, that gives you a little thrill.  I enjoy writing spooky stuff, and those thrills come when I feel like I've written a scene that is particularly gruesome or I've managed to capture a character's reaction to the horrific thing that is happening.  It makes me pull away from the … Continue reading October Is For Writing Conferences – 15 Days Until Halloween