Good, Old October: National Book Month

Good, old October is one of my favoritest months for many reasons, but now I have another reason to add to the list. It’s National Book Month! Wheeeee!
Now, honestly, I don’t need bells and whistles or a monthly celebration to get me to read. I LOVE to read. I would read here or there, at the store, behind a door, on a couch, in a pouch, in a car, covered with tar. I do so love reading all kinds of books. Thank you, thank you, books with hooks.
Um, I seem to have gone off on a Dr. Seuss tangent. The point is, October is National Book Month, so perhaps you might like to check out the National Book Foundation site where you’ll find lovely lists of National Book Award winners and other ideas to cram ever more books into your life.
Right now, I’m reading a folksy, self-pubbed memoir called The Thrill of the Chase by Forrest Fenn. If you live out around Santa Fe, and have a hankering to go treasure hunting, check out Fenn’s poem (in the book) filled with enigmatic clues to the buried gold. That’s right, he buried a treasure chest and it’s there, yours for the taking, if you find it.
It’s kind of the perfect book to start National Book Month. Because for me, every book holds treasure. How about you? What are you reading in good, old October? I’ll keep you updated on my choices this month, and you can keep me updated with your choices. Oh, I am really LOVING October!

Birthday! Giveaway! Bookmark! (Um, yeah. Bookmark)

So, I’m wrapping up the October Things Giveaway with the last Birthday freebie…a bookmark!

Oh, not just any bookmark, friends. This is a special, one of a kind bookmark, made for yours truly when I attended the JapanFest in my fair city. Er, county.

It’s Japanese writing and it says…CATHY!

Um, yeah. I know. It’s just my name. Wouldn’t it have been swell if I could have had that lovely Japanese woman write “Cathy C.’s Hall of Fame“? But that would have cost about ten bucks, and that seemed like a bit much for a bookmark. Whereas CATHY was just a quarter.

But I’d like to add my own message for you, whenever you use the bookmark. “When this you see, remember me.” I won’t mess up your bookmark, adding that message on the back. You’ll just have to think “When this you see, remember me” when the bookmark arrives.

Thinking of that quote and my name reminds me of Google Alerts. You can get an email, alerting you whenever your name pops up out there in web world. Sometimes it’s nice to check out where everybody knows your name (and they’ve been writing about you!). And sometimes it’s important to say, “Hey! You can’t just put up my essay or blog post on your blog without checking with me first!”

Well. You get the point. There are all sorts of good reasons to use Google Alerts. And bookmarks, too.

(Leave a comment to enter your name in the Birthday Giveaway. You could win a book, a lovely bookmark, and the birthday thingies that grow and grow and grow. Contest ends at midnight, October 31st. Which coincidentally marks the time I shall begin writing for NaNoWriMo.)

October Things Giveaway Winner One is…

Nicole! Who’s in for a real chocolate treat! She’ll also be getting Neil Gaiman’s book, M is for Magic, a collection of spooky tales for the young (but I like them, too!).

Pssst! A little secret for y’all…I had intended to write up the Giveaway post yesterday, but at the last minute, I dashed off to see Chip Coffey, the psychic, medium and spiritual counselor. I’d watched Chip on Paranormal State (on A & E) but was totally surprised to find that he lives right in my backyard.

Okay, not actually in my backyard. More like my neck of the woods. So there he was, the perfect opportunity for me to get some research for my YA novel, which just happens to be a mystery with haints, humor, and lots of psychic and medium stuff. I’ve always wanted to see a medium and psychic, doing his/her thing. And being able to write off the ticket as a business expense was just icing on the writing cake.

Bottom line, I had a very strong feeling that I should go see Chip Coffey. He answered lots of questions, and did quite a few readings. But he didn’t say a word about the Atlanta Braves’ chances in the playoffs.

Stay tuned for the next October Things giveaway, when I share my feelings about baseball and the Braves. You’ll find out about the next treats you can win. Hmmm…I’m getting a very good feeling about that.

Finding Something Friday: October Things and a Giveaway!

October Things (Sung to the tune of My Favorite Things)

Pumpkins on porches and black cats on ladders,
Mummies and werewolves and spiders and adders,
Chocolate, presents and World Series rings,
These are a few of my October things!

When the muse leaves, when the NO! stings,
When I’m feeling sad,
I simply remember my October things,
And then I don’t feeeeeeeel so bad!

Yay, October! How can you not celebrate candy and creepy stuff, baseball and birthdays? Well, you simply can’t. Which is why for each of my October things, I’m having a giveaway!

First up, we’ll celebrate all things spooky and speculative! I love to write twisted, macabre tales and if I could write them like Neil Gaiman, I’d be rich, rich, rich! Alas, I cannot. But I can learn from a master storyteller, which is why I read his books. Fortunately for you, I have a copy of Mr. Gaiman’s, M is for Magic, a collection of tales to chill and amuse the young reader.

Unfortunately, it is not autographed. I purchased it so Neil (as his friends call him) could sign it when he was here last year for a visit. But I had to leave. Which, now that I think of it, may be fortunate for you. I probably wouldn’t give away an autographed copy of M is for Magic.

Just keeping it real, folks. Anyway, I am giving away his lovely, albeit unautographed book during the October Things Giveaway! And I’ll throw in a delicious chocolate bar, too! All you have to do to win is leave a comment! Tell me who your favorite mystery or horror writer is, and oh! I’d love a reading recommendation. I’m always looking for a good, creepy story during October!

And if you spread the word, on Twitter or Facebook or your very own blog, let me know, and I’ll give you an extra entry for each shout out. Oh, oh! And if you’re not a follower and sign up, I’ll give you an extra entry for that, too.

So, off you go! Fly, my little pretties, and bring me back a good book to read! (But do so by the 8th. I’ll be drawing the winner on Finding Something Friday next week!)

P.S. Is it just me or does there seem to be a totally inordinate number of exclamation points in this post? I’m just so freakin’ excited!!!! October! Yay!