Speaking of little monsters, Trockle and his mom, Gurgelda, want me to wish you all a Happy Halloween on their behalf, and to remind you that National Novel Writing Month is not just for grown-ups. Did you know that they offer a really fun and excellent writing program for children and teens, as well? If you’d like to learn more, just drop by http://ywp.nanowrimo.org. It’s not too late. It’s never too late to spark a love of language and set a young person’s feet on the path to being a writer.
I mean, they will end up being a writer with or without your encouragement, most likely, if that’s where destiny leads them. But by then, it may be too late to guarantee you’re immortalized in a dedication, or to ensure that you’re not turned into an ax-wielding psychopath or that character who stupidly insists on going up the stairs in the dark to “check things out” while the creepy music plays. So think about it. I think you’ll see the wisdom in encouraging young readers and writers with lots of books, pens, paper, and writing time. It’s much more fun to be the protagonist, if you know what I mean.
It is the one day a year I will happily share this on my blog.
Tomorrow, I will smash it and kill it with fire. Not really. The little Halloween-hued orb-weaver is quite industrious and charming, spinning his trap lines outside my kitchen window, stretching them from bricks to oleander, and knows better than to creep indoors and startle me when I am standing near the knives and blunt objects like giant silicone spatulas. He would not want his crunchy, brightly colored self to be mistaken for a Halloween candy when tiny Trick-or-Treaters arrive. We coexist peacefully, and wish the rest of the world would follow suit. If we can, anyone can.
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