Alright people. It’s October 21. That means we only have ten days left to celebrate one of the greatest feast days of the year: All Hallow’s Eve.
Halloween has always been a big deal in my family. What’s not to love? The pumpkins, the magic, the spooks, the costumes… I think everyone becomes more of a believer in the things that can’t be explained around this time of year.
That being said, I intend to savor every second I have left of these ten days. So, without further ado, I present
Jacqueline E. Smith’s Halloween Essentials
- A trip to the pumpkin patch.
- A haunting soundtrack full of classic Halloween hits.
- A Halloween movie marathon. This marathon MUST include at least three separate viewings of Hocus Pocus.
- Candy Corns and Mellowcreme Pumpkins.
- Scented candles.
- Finding your ideal costume. If you can’t find it, make it! One year in college when I was particularly broke, I went as The One-Eyed-One-Horned-Flying-Purple-People-Eater and I made my own wings and horn. I looked a little deranged, but the wings looked AMAZING.
- A unique design for your Jack-O-Lantern. Now, I’ve been carving my own Jack-O-Lanterns for years, but scraping out all the insides and carving can be a bit tiresome, so it might not be for everyone. Especially if you don’t like pulp under your nails.
- A black light bulb. When I was little, my mom would ALWAYS light a black light on All Hallow’s Eve. It’s simply not the Witching Hour without one.
- A black cat. Naturally. Where would I be without my beautiful Witch’s Familiar?
- A good ghost story. Of course! And you can get Cemetery Tours on Kindle for only $2.99 for the remainder of October.
What are your Halloween Essentials?
Like many of you out there, I have a certain predisposition to read. A lot. On the one hand, I probably spend way too much time reading. On the other hand, I probably don’t read enough. Life’s just kind of weird that way. Now, whenever I find a book that I really want to read, I take a trip up to my local bookstore and grab it. My bookshelves currently look something like this…
That doesn’t even include the large stack of books I have sitting next to my bed, waiting to be read. A friend of mine asked me today, however, “Why do you keep buying books? Why don’t you just go to the library? That way you don’t spend money and you don’t have a book that you’ve already read lying around the house.”
I suppose that does make sense. And I do have a library card and I, of course, love to support libraries. They’re amazing, wonderful, and very important establishments and resources. I often go to the library to check out nonfiction books, especially when I’m doing research for a new book. But when it comes to guilty pleasure reading, I’m personally better off buying books. And I can tell you why.
- I like to reread books. As I told my friend, there isn’t one book on my shelf that I love that I haven’t read at least three or four times. It’s like having a favorite movie. You like to watch it over and over again. I like to read books over and over again. Can you imagine not owning the Harry Potter series?
- For some reason, when I check books out from the library, I feel like I have a time limit, which I kind of do. Owning books, I can read them whenever I want, and take as long as I want, without having to worry about returning them. They’re mine. All mine, Precious…
- You can take books with you wherever you go! Granted, you can take library books around too as long as you don’t have to return them, but you’ll probably feel a lot worse if you lose them.
- They’re just so pretty. I mean, come on. Books!
- If you happen to meet your favorite author, you can have them sign your book! Can’t do that with a library book! I have Rainbow Rowell’s and Anne Rice’s autographs in two incredible books and I certainly don’t plan on getting rid of them!
- Speaking of being an author… That’s how I make my living! For authors, especially those of us who are independent, book sales are vital. I do donate books to every library I visit and I am happy to do so. But if people don’t buy our books, that’s kind of it for us. I have a growing collection of books by independent authors. I love them! I love supporting those authors who work so hard and so passionately for a dream that has no guarantees. And there are some amazing independent books out there.
- Books are a work of art in every sense of the word. We decorate our homes with paintings and sculptures, true works of love and genius. Books are no different.
So you see, it makes perfect sense to buy books. It also makes perfect sense to support your local library. Either way, keep reading! And don’t forget your independent author friends.
On that note… Cemetery Tours is only $2.99 on Kindle for the rest of October! Download your copy now!
Unless you’ve spent the day away from television, radio, internet, smart phones, and friends with access to those things, you probably know by now that the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that gay marriage is now legal in all fifty states! What should never have been an issue in the first place is finally resolved and I believe, wholeheartedly, that the US made the right decision. Several of my closest friends are gay and I am just thrilled that they can finally LEGALLY marry the person that they love. I can’t wait to attend and perhaps even participate in their weddings and celebrate their marriages.
That being said, I wanted to do something fun to celebrate this victory, not only for my country, but for so many of my friends. That’s why my newest book (and love story!) Boy Band, is on sale for only $0.99 on Kindle!
No, it’s not an LGBT romance, but it’s still happy and fun and colorful, just as our lives and loves should be.
Today was a good day, friends. Love you all.