This is my favorite time of year. The colors inspire me. The temperatures drop and the animals around my cottage in the woods get frisky, giving me endless smiles. Okay, cooler weather means sweaters and I always look forward to the onset of sweater weather ~ I can cover my fluff with fluff, while feeling free to enjoy all the holiday season’s feasts. Why don’t you join me? Enjoy a peek into my world. Visit Autumn Hello. Have an awesome Autumn!
Visit to Swansbrough Manor ~ Shiver Me Timbers
limited budget. Then, when I moved to GA and started writing, I decorated for my stories and posts–which I shared with you again this year, in honor of Pookie. However, with a new full-time job on top of my full-time author job, I figured this year I would forgo the extra work. Unfortunately, for me, that also meant forgoing the joy I have at Halloween.
NOT SO! Last night I went to Swansbrough Manor to see their Halloween Haunts. I figured, “Okay, he made a small yard setup.” Boy, was I very wrong. So, won’t you join me as I traverse the thrills and chills of Swansbrough Manor ~
The event has grown so large, a kind neighbor across the street opened up a vacant lot for parking. As you approach, you are greeted by this pirate vessel. Let me tell you, pirates would have been thrilled with this vessel. It’s huge!
And that’s not the only one. There are four!
Ever see one of those paintings where the eyes following you? Here the eyes follow you and the song haunts you, until you find yourself fleeing for the witches abode ~ which is just past the phantom sailor
Where the witches wait, surrounded by swamps. Look out, those things nipping at your ankles might be alligators. I ran too fast to catch a picture of them. I did manage to see what she’d done with those pirates that hang around too long ~ Or, she let the mermaid have ‘em ~
As we made our way through, the darkness shrouded any picture taking. Not that I was thinking about that…I was too busy running through. But I was stopped by one final offer ~ to spend my days and foreverafter within Davy Jones’ Locker ~
As we left, our pockets a bit lighter, all the proceeds going to a local school’s art and music programs, we stopped to thank Captain Steve for making Halloween the holiday it should be ~
This year I am dedicating my Halloween page to my sweet Halloween Pookie Puppy, who is no long with us. She joined our family 2 days before the big Halloween event one year and became a big part of our celebration every year, helping me decorate, greeting Trick or Treaters, and making the start to the season one to remember. So join us with A Halloween Remembrance. Have a safe and fun Halloween!
~ LOCAL AUTHOR BOOK SIGNING and ARTS & CRAFTS FAIR ~
Come one! Come all! Join us at Newnan Health Mart, 15 Baker Road, Newnan, GA this Saturday, October 19th, for the local authors book signing and arts and crafts fair. Lots to do. Lots of fun. See you there!
I am a shy person by nature. The idea of being the main attraction for anything scared the daylights out of me. So, I only go to events that include more than just me. That’s why I thought I would be okay for the Barnes and Noble book signing this fall. But, as the day approached, my nerves tightened, until, on the day of the even, I was as tightly strung as a fiddle and just as ready to snap. I wasn’t sure I was going to make it. However, my sweet hubby put everything in the car, including me, and off we went to our local B & N.
There were six authors and I was smack dab in the middle, a little more secure with nice warm authors settled on either side. Then, my new boss showed up and we chatted and she bought my newest book. Before long, another friend showed up. Then, another. Then colleagues from my last job, including my ex-boss. The night went by in a blur of laughter and joy, talking, catching up, and selling books. My friends were there to help me through and I actually had a great time. Oh, I’m still shy. But, when friends and family have your back, you can do anything.
I would love to see you. Please drop by, if you can. B & N has a great cafe. And, of course, I’ll have candy.
Today was the first day of a new job. Yes. Besides writing fiction, I live in the real world, with bills and the occasional desire for food. I am a technical writer/editor by trade, a fiction writer by calling. Fortunately, the two are very dissimilar, so they actually offer respite, one from the other. And, of course, the technical side does help the grammatical side of the author. Well, sometimes.
My life as a dichotomy~
Being a writer is never easy. Being a writer and trying to survive unemployment doubles one’s efforts, as well as one’s stress. It’s unlike having two full-time jobs, one writing and one finding employment ~ because, when you have two actual jobs, you apportion your time, being spared the consuming guilt created by ignoring one, for even a moment, while concentrating on the other. When I was working, I found the days to be a respite from writing and found myself inspired when I stepped into my Shanon Grey shoes. One actually bolstered the other. Now, my days consist of finding and applying for jobs and accomplishing all the various tasks that involves. I try to escape into my writing at night, creating yet another avenue into Ruthorford, while carrying the worries of the day with me. Still, it is the night that makes the day bearable. I persevere.
Today was one of the days designated to fulfilling bureaucratic requirements. Doing so is never fun–morose even–and today was strangely more so. But I did as required. I left there, the weight of my job searches on my shoulders–or, to be more precise, feeling sorry for myself. So, since B & N was nearby, I thought I’d drown my sorrows in a frappe, while browsing through the stacks, looking for a fictional escape.
Then…there on the end…under NEW ROMANCES…sat copies of both of my books. Meadow’s Keep on the right, second from the bottom, and The Shoppe of Spells, on the bottom left. I let out a squeal that had a bookseller running. Then, she smiled, hugged me, and said, “Look at you, Shanon Grey!”
Just when you wonder ~ something taps you on the shoulder…. Thank you!