As usual, I tried to stuff too much into October. I planned to blog every day, but that morphed into trying to blog every day on both this Morbid blog and on Cemetery Travel, with occasional pieces on the Red Room blog. I managed 30 posts on CT, 28 on Morbid Is, and 7 on the Red Room, so I’m going to call that good enough. On the way, I went down to LA for the Death Salon and up to the Gold Country for my birthday — and my daughter had two weeks off from school. So 62 blog posts was ambitious from the start.
Another of my goals was to write 5 guest posts on other people’s blogs. I’m proud of the pieces I managed to place:
* My piece about visiting Ray Bradbury’s grave on the HWA’s Halloween Haunts blog.
* My essay about the last Haunted Mansion Retreat on Armand Rosamilia’s blog.
* Jennifer Brozek invited me to talk about Wish You Were Here.
* I wrote my first entry for Atlas Obscura too, but it hasn’t gone live yet.
I set up three giveaways for Wish You Were Here, via the HWA blog, the Red Room, and GoodReads. I’m hoping the winners will like the book and talk it up to their friends, but you never know. Wish You Were Here got a book trailer and its first review in October, so that was great. The word is starting to get out about my baby.
And now I’m planning to dive into Nanowrimo. Mason’s on the sofa with a sore throat and it’s the last day of our daughter’s vacation, so I’m going to have to step away from the computer to do family stuff, but I’m excited about knocking a 50,000-word chunk out of the untitled Bay Area Cemeteries book. Yeah, it’s nonfiction, but the Association for Gravestone Studies conference is coming back to San Francisco in a couple of years, so I need to get the book done and find a publisher before then. This November is just the time to get it done.
My blogging may be sporadic from now til the end of the year, but thanks for spending so much of October with me. It’s been a real pleasure.