NaNoWriMo, Witchery, and Signs

November 1st, 2010

I guess it’s time you all knew the truth . . . I AM a witch!

Or at least I dressed as one for Halloween. I was a good witch, casting spells for peace and hope for everyone.

(Unfortunately, even though I’m descended from a real-life witch—as everyone who has read the story of where I got the inspiration for my book Jinx knows—my spells never work. But there’s always a first time)!

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According to the news, more Halloween costumes were sold this year than any year in recorded history. I guess people were really feeling the need to escape from their every day lives for a little while . . .


. . . even this little guy!

My favorite part of this Halloween, however, was all the signs. Everyone seemed to be carrying a sign! Like this dog, who was responding to all the haters who show up every year at the Key West Halloween parade with big signs that say things like GOD HATES AMERICA, GOD HATES DIVORCE, GOD HATES SINNERS, GOD HATES YOU:

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Hilarious.

It’s kind of fun to protest protesters. At Comic Con this year, when the haters showed up, anti-haters got very creative with their signs in response:

Too funny! The haters were squashed by the humorists, and went home. Ha!

The day before Halloween, there was a big rally in Washington DC, which my mom said she was going to (and she may actually have gone, but she may have stayed home instead and watched it on TV). I’m not really sure what she ended up doing, but there were a lot of signs at this rally, any one of which could have been hers (or the author RL Stine’s, who was also there). It was kind of hard to tell for sure, but it doesn’t matter, because the signs were all so funny:

(Via Buzzfeed’s 100 Best Signs at the Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear.)

I only got to watch the rally on TV, but I ended up being a little inspired by Jon Stewart’s message about how we are living in very hard times, but not end times. It’s often difficult to remember this when most of us have terrible things happening, if not to ourselves, then to people we know and love.

But like Jon said, things have to get better, if only because we all work so hard to get things done every day, and we do it together, despite our different signs.

And now it’s November, which means we’ll all be working together on . . . National Novel Writing Month!

I’ll be participating in NaNoWriMo (writing a novel—55,000 words—in one month)! What about you?

All you need is an idea and a little bit of a time. I know time is something everyone needs more of, but you can write anywhere. Scott Turow wrote his first book on the train to and from work every day. I wrote many of my first books—including The Princess Diaries—at work in the mornings before the students woke up (I worked in a dorm at NYU) and came downstairs to bug me about their lost keys, clogged toilets, rodent problems, etc.

I’ll be working on the sequel to Insatiable (I work best under pressure. Lots of pressure). So join me (and the members of the Meg Cabot Fiction Club). We’ll be posting our writing lows and highs here). If you’re not up to writing a book, write a short story (or even just an email, or a sign)! Anything and everything counts.

One of my favorite writing teachers used to say, “Even a grocery list is writing. Just make it the best, most interesting grocery list you can.”

Whatever you choose to do, know that I’m here, trying to cast spells in your support (also trying not to eat all the leftover Halloween candy).

Remember, we’re all in this together!

More later.

Much love,

Meg