Today is Halloween in the U.S. and it is fitting for me because I am possessed. Totally, completely possessed. Not by a being, but by an idea. I’ve had this idea circling in my brain for months, and like a good wine, I’ve left it alone to mature. Finally I have a little time to work on it and now I’m eating, sleeping and breathing this idea.
Even weirder, the synopsis was too easy to write. I’ve gotten the comments back from one of my critique partners, and I’m eager to go back and work on the changes. I can see them in my head. I’m telling you this is too easy. I must be possessed.
Don’t believe me?
I’ll show you. First you have to know that I am NOT artistic. I can’t draw. I can’t paint. In fact, I am so artistically challenged, I can barely sign my name. But on Saturday, after I finished the first draft of a synopsis and sent it off for a critique, I decided I’d carve a pumpkin. I haven’t carved a pumpkin in years! There’s a reason for that. In the past, my pumpkin carving attempts have been sad and made me feel like a Halloween loser. They always consisted of sloppy triangles and a weird mouth—the whole thing always looked like a four-year-old did it.
But Saturday, I had to carve a pumpkin! I even went to the store and bought a pumpkin, and I normally avoid the store on weekends. I came home and told my husband.
He grinned and tried really hard not to roll his eyes. But nothing could spoil my mood. I wanted to carve this pumpkin! So I did, and this is the result:
While this is not, by any means, great, it is a shocking improvement from my previous attempts. My husband—the man who has known me for decades, was stunned.
See? I’m possessed by this idea!
From that pumpkin, can you guess what this new idea is about? I have two extra copies of SINFUL MAGIC up for grabs! Leave your guess in the comments and I’ll put you in the contest. I’ll randomly pick two winners. All guesses count!