A Bookish Halloween

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Where the Wild Things Are
A 2-part jack o’lantern of a beloved children’s book. (Carved by Maniac Pumpkin Carvers)

18 Literary Pumpkins for creative carvers

Celebrate Halloween and literature at the same time

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Costume ideas from famous authors
Oscar Wilde costumeSee more

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Chuck Wendig offers us:

Ten Things To Never Say To A Writer

“You Know, I Wanna Write A Book Someday”

They say this to you with this wistful gleam in their eye, as if writing is just a hobby, like it’s just some distant silliness that they’ll get to when they manage to win the lottery. “You Know, I Wanna Write A Book Someday.”

They say this to you with this wistful gleam in their eye, as if writing is just a hobby…A worse (the worst, even) version of this is: I have a book in me.

Your response: “I don’t come down to your job and tell you, ‘I wanna be a janitor someday.’ You have a book in you? Well, you better do what I did, which is take a long hard squat in front of a computer or a notebook and force that story out, because that’s the only way this thing gets written….Don’t write a book someday, write a book today. That’s what I did.”

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The 31 Most Pointless Things Of All Time

Everything is pointless, Hannah Jewell of BuzzFeed says, and we should all just give up. She offers proof.

I can’t decide which is the worst — stairs and ramps to nowhere, doors one-story up, benches on a lawn which must not be walked on, an official sign that reminds me of the time in Florida when I couldn’t get a marriage license until I first read a pamphlet on how to get divorced.

But I suppose this security gate is my favorite:
Security gateimgur.com

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Rebecca Meacham offers us

12 Haunting American Short Stories to Read This Halloween
ScaryWhat makes a ghost story “American”? Let’s ask a ghost: “An American ghost does something quite different, because the people of the present are very mobile, the executives are constantly thrown from city to city, dragging their families with them.”

In other words, says the narrator of Anne Sexton’s “The Ghost,” American ghosts belong to people, not places.

It’s a theory, anyway. It’s hard to argue with a ghost.

What’s certain is the power of these short stories, which fret the strings of human connection. Some tales are terrifying, others absurd. And like good (American?) ghosts, this devil’s dozen will stay with you long after you’ve turned the page.

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Quote of the Day

QUOTE Wodehouse~~~~~
Alma Alexander
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