For me Halloween does not bring to mind scary spooky images.
No ghosts or ghoulies.
Halloween makes me think of a ppier more simple time
trick-or-treating dressing up as a princess
Jack O’Lanterns not vampires and werewolves
Coming home with a huge bag of candy and spreading it out all over the floor. Picking out the good stuff for myself. My mom carefully reviewing my choices.
Candy to go with lunch at school the next day.
Those are the thoughts that come to mind when I think of Halloween.
So how does all this tie in with Romance and my writing? Well both of my stories have a nostalgic element. In Always a Bride, Alex runs into her high school sweetheart and longs for those less complicated days. In Dog Day Afternoons, Jessica is grieving when her dog drags her in to an encounter with her childhood idol and she rethinks her childhood fantasies. If either of these stories sounds interesting to you I’ll be giving one lucky reader their choice of Something Borrowed (featuring Always a Bride) or Unleashed Hearts (with Dog Day Afternoons) Just leave a comment with your e-mail address and just for fun tell me what your favorite candy was when you went trick-or-treating.
Posted by Darlene on October 25, 2012
Okay so it didn’t come out at Halloween but it was truly one of the spookiest music videos ever made. The one and only, the late great Michael Jackson and Thriller are the topic of my Musical Memory today. The video came out in November 1982. I was sixteen and a junior in high school and Michael was the King of Pop. Life was good. The next year “The Making of Thriller” came out and we watched it at school. Repeatedly it seems like during exam week when we had more down time than we needed. So let’s go back folks, let’s take a ride in the musical time machine and go back to 1982. Here it is THRILLER:
Posted by Darlene on October 25, 2011
Although I’ve had three short stories published (two paper publications and one in an awesome e-zine) I still consider myself to be an aspiring writer. Despite the fact that I consider myself to be an aspiring writer the fact that someone found my writing worthy of publication was priceless. As my very successful author friend Sarah Smiley told me the biggest reward writers receive is the validation of having others appreciate and read your work. Some people have asked how I’ve gotten to this point. I really don’t know what to say except, write, write, write and the hard part you have to put your work out there. So if you’re looking for a home for some shorter writing check out the two sites that have published my writing. They are both seeking submissions and are just awesome people to work with as an aspiring writer. Whortleberry Press is working on their annual Halloween Anthology and the New Bedlam Project is seeking submissions for the next issue of their e-zine. Even if you aren’t interested in submitting to either of them, I think you’ll find them interesting. Good luck and happy writing.
Posted by Darlene on April 14, 2010
My latest short story, Look What the Cat Dragged is going to be published in an anthology. The Anthology is Strange Mysteries 2 by Whortleberry Press. I had a story published in their Halloween Anthology last year, that anthology was called A Dark and Stormy Night. Check out the website at http://www.whortleberrypress.com
The latest story was a lot of fun to write. The cat had been wandering around my head with a liver in its mouth for awhile. I was so glad when it finally told me its story. I hope you’re intrigued ask and I may tell more.
I should know something on April 1st about my other recent submission to an e-zine. I’ll let you all know as soon as I know something.
Posted by Darlene on February 20, 2010