Really Scary

So excited about the latest wrinkle in Octoberland. Trying to calm down. Be realistic. Here’s what’s up: this is my first try ever at a paranormal and it was so much fun. I loved the gypsy angle.

(My family, like Laura’s, has gypsy in our lineage. My great-grandmother read tea leaves and tarot and had “the sight.” My mother also inherited some powers, and we both read the cards. Mom used to scare me and my friends with her ability to move tables without touching them and her visions of things that happened exactly as she “saw” them in her dreams. Once she called at 4 a.m. to tell me a friend had been rushed to the hospital because her boyfriend had knocked her unconscious. She forced me to call my friend, who wasn’t home at 4 a.m. because she was at the hospital having been knocked unconscious by her boyfriend. But I digress.)

So here’s my thought, which I did not ask for, but has taken hold anyway. Octoberland could be Laura’s backstory. She could be a character in a fully fleshed out novel. A paranormal novel!! It would be so fun to write. I left so many things open–not even aware–the Big Bad is vanquished for the moment but far from dead. And the romance is just starting. And Laura’s sister’s powers have tons of potential. Heck, I didn’t even get to introduce the sister who’s away at college. And the town. I love West Port!

Anyway, that’s my current thinking. The only problem is time. I have a certification course to ace, two classes to teach, articles to write, Christmas coming…

And then there’s the little matter of Sugar Shack. I have not even queried agents on that manuscript. I wish my projects came in neat little increments but that’s not how inspiration works. I’m not starting Octoberland, The Novel yet. It’s just an idea. After I live with Octoberland The Story for awhile, I’ll see if my enthusiasm continues.

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