I don't have a one particular topic to write about today because I haven't had too much time to think about it. A dear friend is in the hospital fighting pneumonia so I've been praying for her and worrying. We worked together for over twenty years and became grown-up BFF's. Any prayers sent Jackie's way will be much appreciated.
I can't believe Christmas decorations are already in the store. When I taught school I hated that. Here we were talking about the Fall season, harvesting on farms, Columbus Day, and getting ready for Halloween and the stores were pushing Christmas. In November we discussed Jamestown and the Pilgrims and looked forward to Thanksgiving Day, but only the grocery stores participated with turkey sales. Why can't retail America enjoy those things? Why are the kids and families bombarded with Christmas in October? A retailer once told me that if you can get the families to shop for Christmas early they are so thrilled to be finished that they are inclined to impulse buy and over spend before Christmas. Profits go up and the retailers are happy. Apparently, it works, because they keep moving up the advertising earlier and earlier. I'm glad it wasn't like that when I was growing up.
My summer WIP is resting. I've come to a little past the middle and am having a hard time deciding which direction the characters need to advance their lives and the plot in the most satisfying way. I decided it needs to be put aside for a few weeks. When I pick it up again and read it straight through it will probably become clear. In the meantime, Halloween is right around the corner, so I've decided to have some fun and write a silly little Halloween mystery for the younger set.
NaNo is just around the corner. They've cleared the old stuff from our pages and it's time to get ready for that. I'm thinking of attempting two MG books instead of one 50,000 word novel. Even if I'm not a winner this year, I decided that would be more than okay if I finished one good draft of a middle grade novel.
So what are your musings as October moves forward?