Friday, October 31, 2014

Happy Howl-O-Scream!

Happy Halloween!


The entrance

I hope you guys get treats and not tricks on this fun-filled day.

Peanut and I traveled to Busch Gardens to check out their Howl-O-Scream festivities and it was well worth the drive.  These people knocked it, well, out of the park.

One of the many decorated bridges





During the day there was plenty to entertain us between the rides and decorations.  Best of all, almost no wait time for the roller coasters.  What?  I didn't have to stand on line for an hour for two minutes of fun while my skin melted off my bones from the heat?  Nope.  The lines moved so fast, we were able to enjoy them over and over again before moving on to the next one.  And, the temperature?  Perfect!  Low 70's, not a drop of humidity, and blue skies all around.  

Too cool!
By far, this was the best visit to this park I've experienced.  And, I've been going there for years.  (I'm some what of a roller coaster junkie).  What made it so awesome this year was what happened when dusk arrived.  I finally understood why there were warnings posted all over the place advising parents to get the hell out if they didn't want their kids petrified and suffering from nightmares for the rest of their lives. (not exactly BG's wording)



big ass fog machine that played techno
At nightfall the park was transformed.  They opened several haunted houses that made Peanut scream when skeletons and demons popped out of their hiding places.  Terrible mother that I am, I laughed at her sheer terror. I just couldn't help myself.  They also added creepier displays around the park, and most lights were blood red.



the freaks come out at night
Don't bother trying to enjoy a relaxing stroll through the park after the sun sets either.  Mad men with chainsaws chase you through the fog, and psychos come at you with their blades clanging together.  

I can't wait for next year!





Ever been to Howl-O-Scream or something similar?  What are your plans for tonight?  Handing out candy or locking up the house and pretending you're not home? (I know who you are….)


Next time Peanut complains about getting up for school, I'm hiring this bus to get her there even faster!

Monday, October 20, 2014

In A Strange Place

I’m in a strange place. 

No, I don’t mean I’m in Luxembourg or something. (Which is an awesome place, and close to where I used to live once upon a time.)  I’m in a strange place with my writing.  I want to start another book while my WIPs are being critiqued, but I don’t know which one to start first.
from Bing!
I hear the voice of one of my favorite characters in my Mafia book.  She’s letting me know she’s not ready to be put aside just yet.  She has more adventures to share and I’m tempted to listen to her.
from Bing!
Another voice, not nearly as strong, is calling me to continue writing a book I started many, many months ago.  Although started is loosely used. I think I have all of five pages written.  And, every one of them needs to be edited before I continue.

I feel like I’d be happy to settle into the familiar world of the mob again.  It’s a fun place for me to travel in my imagination.  Yet, that smaller voice calls from a place I haven’t explored yet - horror.  Not scare the crap out of you horror, more like horror lite, if that’s even a thing.

Would I be happier trying something new?  Or, cozying up with the mob?  Both worlds are fairly scary, but which one would be more satisfying?

I think I’ll quiet my mob chick first, then pop over to the world of horror for a bit.  I’ll see which one motivates me to keep my rear in the chair more often.  Something tells me it’ll be the mob.  But, maybe that’s because I have a gun at my head.  Figuratively, of course.

Are you ever torn between ideas or projects?

Speaking of horror, has anyone been watching the latest season of American Horror Story?  What do you think?  

Can you believe Twisty the Clown:


is really this guy, John Carroll Lynch?:




Yeah, me either! 

Enjoy your week, everyone.  And, watch out for those pesky clowns….