October is coming to an end. While it’s sad to bid my favorite month farewell, It’s satisfying to know that I have squeezed every last drop of Octoberness out of it. From pumpkin collecting to cookie decorating, from scary movie watching to haunted trail hiking, from bundling up for the first fall cold front to embracing my inner witch, I’ve truly gotten the most out of these spooky weeks. I even got scared by one of my own Halloween decorations once, which I call a win.
Now all that’s left of October is carving jack-o-lanterns and hoping a few trick-or-treaters stop by so I can strike fear into their little hearts and then give them candy. And if no one comes, well that’s more Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups for me.
Although October is wrapping up, there won’t be time to wallow in post-Halloween blues because November is bringing its own set of exciting events.
While I’m happy not to be a full-time teacher anymore, I miss interacting with students and sharing my love of books and words with them, so I’m eager to get back into the classroom as an author. Check out the workshops and presentations I offer and consider hiring me for a visit. If you know a teacher who might be interested in a ghost story workshop or poetry presentation for their 5th-8th grade classes, share my website with them, or send them this flyer.
Texas Book Festival
Next weekend, I’m headed back to Austin to participate in the Texas Book Festival. Stop by the Writers’ League of Texas booth on Sunday, November 6th at 1:00 P.M. for a signed copy of one of my Spooky America books!
Speaking of Spooky America, I’m excited to share that I’ll be adapting Rita Cook’s Haunted Dallas for middle grade readers! The Ghostly Tales of Dallas will be available in Spring 2023. So this November, when I’m not hanging out at the Texas Book Fest, or visiting schools, or eating green bean casserole and pumpkin pie, I’ll be busy learning about all the creepy characters that haunt the DFW area. I can’t wait. 👻
4 thoughts on “October Vibes & November News”
What fun! Making school visits. If I were teaching, I would love to have you speak to my students. Have fun at the Texas Book Festival. I hope you sell a tall stack of books!
Thank you! I think school visits probably equate to grandparenting. Have fun with the kids, then give them back to their parents for the hard stuff. 🙂
I adore your pictures, Carie! And congratulations on the book fair AND The Ghostly Tales of Dallas?!! I love that you adapting these spooky books for middle graders just seems like your calling–it compiles all of your expertise and favorite things together!
Thank you! It’s true, this whole middle grade ghost story thing does fit into my wheelhouse, doesn’t it? 🙂