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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Halloween and Novel Writing

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First of all, I hope everyone on the East Coast is doing well. I have an aunt and cousins who live there and I was really worried about them. They are fine and didn't even lose power over the weekend! Meaning they'll be coming for Christmas. Yay! That was off topic. Anyways, I wish all the people on the coast the best of luck and really hope that you're doing well.

Secondly, it's Halloween! I did some research to find out what the actual origin of Halloween is and found out that it originates from the ancient Celtic festival called Samhain. The festival marked the end of the harvest season in Gaelic culture. The Gaels took stock of their supplies and prepared for the winter during this time. They also believed that on the night of October 31st, the world of the living and the dead folded over each other. The dead would return to life and wreak havoc on the crops or cause illnesses. The Gaels would wear costumes and masks to ward off the evil spirits.Kinda creepy, right?

Casper the friendly ghost :)

We get trick-or-treating from the Medieval practice of "souling". Souling is when the poor folk from the Middle Ages would go door to door on Hallowmas (November 1st) begging for money or food.

Doesn't that just wanna make you put on a costume and go out to trick-or-treat? I was a little disturbed by the first part about evil spirits and stuff. At least we've evolved a little from that. However, I wish people would give out apples or homemade treats or something of the sort. Seeing as how I can't eat milk chocolate, it's very cruel that I'll be getting all this good looking candy and not be able to eat it. I suppose it's better for me anyways and I'll just donate the candy. I did make Rice Krispy treats yesterday, albeit not very healthy, but a great replacement.
Picture courtesy of Chocolate Covered Katie
Thirdly, I'm really nervous about starting to write my novel tomorrow. What if I don't make the deadline? What if I get writer's block halfway through the month? So many things could go wrong. I know that the best thing to do is have a positive attitude and look at the bright side of things, but it's hard! I've never tackled such a big project before!

Lastly, I couldn't write a post without mentioning a recipe. If you're looking for a substitute for some candy tonight, try my SunButter truffles. They are gooey, delicious, and a snap to make. I bet they would be even better with some cocoa powder added to 'em. ;)

Great replacement for candy

I hope you all have a very happy Halloween! :-)

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  1. Even if you don't make the deadline, I think it is a great goal to write every day. Just do your best and you will still learn a ton from the experience, even if you don't finish in time.

    1. Thanks for the encouragement! So far I'm doing well. So well I'm ahead of schedule. Yay! :) Thank you for commenting and have a great Monday!


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