Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Jolly Jack-O-Lantern Day!

Couldn't just say happy halloween, could I?

I don't like it being on a Wednesday. I almost forgot to carve the pumpkins! Had to do last minute preps on the costumes, running to the store, finding the candy I hid a month ago, and why does it have to rain/snow this year! Ah well. It's also a full moon, or close - ooooo! That's why I'm cranky. Yeah, let's blame the moon.

At least I have Sensational Haiku Wednesday to look forward to...


What's that tingling
up your arm? Jump and brush off
Hope not a spider

Did you see movement
From the corner of your eye?
But aren't you alone?

The house creaks and cracks
Louder late at night, can't sleep
It's unsettling

And to send off you nano-ers right, here are my top ten excuses reasons I'm NOT doing NANO this year...
  1. I just did Camp Nano!
  2. Which means I have editing to do...
  3. November 1st is shot because I'll be coming down from Halloween candy sugar buzz!
  4. Not to mention November is already a short month
  5. Thanksgiving takes up at least 4 days with travel and relatives!
  6. Which also leaves my brain mushy from food overload and kids off school...
  7. And HELLO! Xmas shopping needs to be done at some point!
  8. Crazy chaos and quirky relatives always spark shiny new ideas too!
  9. Someone usually gets sick this month too...
  10. And lastly, it's my bday month! Can't stress about making the 2000 word count on my bday!
So good luck in your writing, best wishes for meeting your goals, and I hope to hear about your progress and results! 


Brinda said...

Those are all very valid reasons. :)

Laura S. said...

I can't believe NaNo starts tomorrow already! I'm prepared though, and I'm itching to start writing my new novel with thousands of other crazy writers like me!!

I hope you and your family have a spooktacular day. Happy Halloween!!!

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

Since I'm not doing NaNo either, we can cheer everyone else on together. :)

And Christmas shopping? Really? Yikes!

Unknown said...

#3 cracked me up. :D

November is my birthday month, too. I'm now going to use that as my excuse why I'm not participating.
I wonder if anyone will cheat and start their projects today.

We've got tons of snow to contend with for tonight. At first, the temperature was supposed to be above freezing for today, but now it won't be. :(

I still have to carve the pumpkin. Good thing the kids got a small one.

Nick Wilford said...

Those are very good reasons! At least we don't have Thanksgiving in the UK. I can never write anything with stuff like that going on! Great poem too.

carol l mckenna said...

'If it ain't fun ~ don't do it'! that's my motto ~ Your haiku are excellent ~ creaks and cracks ~ very descriptive and visual for the 'season' haiku (A Creative Harbor) ^_^

carol l mckenna said...

'If it ain't fun ~ don't do it'! that's my motto ~ Your haiku are excellent ~ creaks and cracks ~ very descriptive and visual for the 'season' haiku (A Creative Harbor) ^_^

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Tyrean Martinson said...

All valid reasons!!! I am trying to edit and write . . .but I have a tendency to do that anyway, so NaNo just brings a crazed push to all my normal crazy writing habits.

Love your haiku, and Happy Birthday early!!!

T. Powell Coltrin said...

Love the Haiku. I'm going to do the NaNoWriMo behind the scenes so if I fail--nobody will know I failed. :)

Rena said...

It's my BDay month too! Happy soon to be Birthday!

mshatch said...

those are all perfectly reasonable reasons not to do nano. I'm not doing it either but that doesn't mean I won't be writing!

anthonynorth said...

Spooky haiku. Nicely done.

Gwen Gardner said...

Very good excuses, er, reasons not to do NaNo.

I do love your haiku(s).

BTW, can I ask where you get the animated characters you use in your banners? They're so creative and fun:)

Samantha May said...

I support all of those reasons :P

Happy Halloween!

Unknown said...

Very spooky haiku...great reasons...I never notice that November is a short month until you mentioned it ...BRILLIANT. Mine is here
and here
Have you a BLESSED WEEK!!!

Sheena-kay Graham said...

Sorry you're not doing Nano but you do have your plate filled with family, writing and other stuff so... Cool haikus by the way.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Happy Halloween!
Not doing NaNo either because I am editing and I already did BuNo in June.

Carrie-Anne said...

I'm not doing Nano, but I did consider it the last two years. I began books both years in November, but knew I'd never have them done nearly in time. I'm also not a word-counting type of person, and would never deliberately plan a book at a certain length. I've had books that ended up around 50,000 words or shorter, but not out of a plan or schedule.

Jennie Bennett said...

I have all those same excuses, except for the camp NaNo one. The only thing that keeps me going is the energy from everyone else. Side note, I just got a full request from curiosity quills and I was wondering what you like about them. E-mail me and we'll chat author.jabennett @

Christine Rains said...

Those are awesome reasons and great haikus! Have a happy Halloween! Man, it's been a busy day for me too. I need a nap but too much to do.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Tara .. can quite understand your list of to dos ... Nano is quite daunting ..

Well - I shall await your birthday and celebrate with you .. lots to do in November as you allude to - at least we don't have Thanksgiving first .. Perhaps that is something that will become part of our celebrations over here ..

Cheers Hilary

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Tammy Theriault said...

Happy b-day early...hehehe! hope everyone stays healthy this month!

M Pax said...

The holiday rush makes me anxious. :-O I'm not doing NaNo, but am trying my best to finish a novel this month. Happy Halloween!

Emily R. King said...

I'm doing NaNoRevise again. It'll be great!

Happy Halloween!

Kelley Lynn said...

Hmmm, maybe I should rethink doing NaNo... haha

Happy Halloween!!!

Teresa said...

This month will be my first attempt at NaNoWriMo. I'm a bit intimidated, and now you've really got me freaking out. Talk about spooked! :-)

Tara Tyler said...

Brinda, thanks!

Laura, I know! and i can't believe there are so many! hope you guys had a happy halloween & GOOD LUCK!

Madeline, sounds good. and must get kids to make lists!

Stina, yeah Scorpios! and I wonder that too

Nick, i bet a Brit came up with nano, let's do it in November, that's a boring month - ha!

Carol, sage advice, and thanks!

Tyrean, i'm editing and writing too, but don't want to do it publicly!

Teresa (JW), me too! sounds good!

Rena, yeah! another scorpio!

Marcy, exactamundo!

Anthony, thank you

Tara Tyler said...

Gwen, thanks! ms clipart, manipulated into what i want =)

Samantha, great!

Shakira, thank you!

Sheena, that's okay. maybe next year, but the same events happen in nov every year, that's why i like camp nano.

Alex, that's right. yeah non nanoers too =)

Carrie-Anne, my camp nano book ended up being shorter than planned so i didn't "win" but i finished - that was my goal =)

JA, my camp nano roommates were duds, not much keeping me going except the charts which i love! and congrats!!

Christine, i'm glad i didn't have to work today!

Hilary, yeah, you guys could celebrate that the whiny rebels and rabble rousers all left! ha ha

Tammy, me too. wash them hands!

Mary, i don't like feeling rushed either! but i do need to get my but in gear writing!

Emily, i am too - looking forward to it!

Kelley, you'll do great!

Teresa, you will be fine! Don't worry!!

Lynn Proctor said...

i had wanted to do the writing thing this month too--but i was too confused about the outline etc. rules---happy early birthday :)

cleemckenzie said...

Glad you went for alliteration on your greeting. It's so much more fun than Happy Halloweeen.

Good luck with NaNo!

Unknown said...

I LOVE your *reasons* Tara. Since my birthday is this month too, I'm going to steal your, reason.

Your greeting rocks too. As a J person Jolly Jack-O-Lantern day sounds much better.

CJ said...

Loved your spidery, spooky haikus.

I have only one phobia, and it is NOT spiders. In fact, I love watching them create their webs. They can be quite beautiful.

Thanks for stopping by to read my haiku.

Madeleine Begun Kane said...

Fun haiku!

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