I May Host a NaNoWriMo Event

I know, I know: it’s October, and NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) isn’t until November. So, why am I talking about it so early? It’s because I have a bit of good news. My day job is at the Hampton Public Library, and there’s going to be a NaNoWriMo event at the location I work in, in November. Why is this so exciting? Becuase I may be the lucky person who gets to host it!

I don’t have all of the details just yet, but here’s what I can tell you so far:

Event: Creative Nonfiction Workshop

Place: Hampton Public Library Main Location

Date: November 14, 2019

Time: 12pm to 1pm

More details to follow! 

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The Top 12 Books That Influenced My Writing

Every writer can look back at some point in their life, and recognize the person, place or thing that encouraged them to start writing in the first place. Or, something that had an impact on their style of writing. For me, there have been many, many books which have influenced me. The number one book: Bunnicula by James Howe. My second grade teacher read it out loud to my class, and I was instantly hooked. I didn’t know it at the time, but I was receiving a lesson on personification (giving human attributes or qualities to a non-human object). I was already creating short picture books for myself, but this book made me want to be a WRITER. 

The actual list of influential titles is too long to post here, so I managed to narrow it down to 12. I still feel like it should be 15 strong, but we’ll stick to 12, for time’s sake. Here it is, in no particular order:

  1. Bunnicula and Nighty Nightmare by James Howe (couldn’t have 1 w/o the other)
  2. Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz (all 3 in the series)
  3. Hellsing (manga series) by Kohta Hirano
  4. Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut
  5. Revolutionary Girl Utena (manga series) by Chiho Saito, Be-Papas
  6. The Spiral Dance by Starhawk
  7. Grey by Pete Wentz
  8. Just Kids by Patti Smith
  9. Sailor Moon (manga series) by Naoko Takeuchi
  10. Nothing Feels Good: Punk Rock, Teenagers and Emo by Andy Greenwald
  11. The Haunting of Grade Three by Grace Maccarone
  12. Odyssey from River Bend by Tom McGowen

this book made me want to be a WRITER. 

It’s a pretty eclectic list, isn’t it? Childrens’ chapter books, Japanese manga, horror stories and fiction. I have to give an honorable mention to Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk, and The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman as well. 

So, which books would make your list? Feel free to share in the comments below!

Celebrate October with “Spooky B”!

October is finally here!!! This is without a doubt one of my favorite months. I have selected one of my characters to be the official W.E. mascot for the month, and its Erin from the Our Lady of Righteous Rage series. To celebrate October, I’m having a sale via the Online Store. If you purchase a copy of Novocaine or The Witch of Fulton Lanenow through October 31st, you will receive a FREE paperback copy of Erin Michaels: Spooky BSo, take a peek at the updated Online Store, and Happy Halloween! 

I’ve Listened to Green Day’s New Song…

When I first learned my beloved band Green Day was releasing a new album AND going on tour next year, needless to say, I became very, very excited. I mean, this is my FAVORITE BAND!!!! Whenever I’m able to go see them live in concert, I go. I even had an opportunity to meet Tre Cool and take a selfie with him. So, a new album? I’m all over that.

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The single, Father of All Motherfuckers, from the upcoming album of the same name, is available for download. I downloaded a copy the other day, and today I finally listened to it. I listened to it all the way until the end. For the first time ever, I have mixed feelings about a Green Day song.

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Normally, I hear a Green Day song for the first time, and fall in love with it right away. But this time was different. I had read some of the reviews posted by other listeners on Google Play, and some of them weren’t good. That made me worry for a moment, but I knew I needed to hear the song for myself anyway. It’s more pop than I expected. Yes, there’s some autotune going on that I’m not too crazy about, and the song is very different from anything else Green Day has put out in the past. But that’s a good thing. They can’t release the same music all the time. That would be boring, and their fans would begin to lose interest. 

I’m going to give this song some more time. I think it’s going to grow on me. To be honest, whether it does or it doesn’t, when it comes to Green Day, I’m a ride-or-die kind of girl. They can put out a gospel album, and I’ll listen to it. I’m happy Green Day is still together, and still putting out new music. 

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New Theme For October

 

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With September drawing to a close, and October just around the corner (that corner is literally next Tuesday), I decided it was time to update the theme on this blog and the Woolaston Entertainment site. When most people think of October, they think of Halloween. Businesses and homes begin to display their Halloween decorations, and everything seems to be pumpkin flavored. I’m not a fan of pumpkin flavored anything, however, I will admit the Cheesecake Factory has a pumpkin flavored cheesecake that’s pretty good. But, back to the point of this post…(damn, now I want cheesecake…)

Halloween is one of my FAVORITE holidays. I watch horror movie marathons, wear a lot more black than usual (I wear a lot of black anyway, but during this time of year its more legit), and focus on anything scary. Last year, I released my first holiday inspired book, Erin Michaels: Spooky Bitch, which features Erin from the Our Lady of Righteous Rage series. So, Erin, my little feline Goth queen, is W.E.’s official mascot of the month of October. You’ll be seeing much more of her during the next few weeks. 

To celebrate the month, I’m having a special sale on copies of Erin Michaels: Spooky Bitch and The Witch of Fulton Lane. Plus, I’ll post some more snippets from the upcoming Age of the Daughter, the sequel to The Witch of Fulton Lane. And if you want to share any info about the things that scare you, feel free!

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National Punctuation Day

Greetings, everyone! Happy National Punctuation Day! The day when we celebrate the period, the comma, the colon, and all of the other punctuation marks. While I hope everyone uses these marks correctly all year ’round, today is the day when we pay the closest attention to their correct usage.

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National Punctuation Day was founded in 2004 by Jeff Rubin, as a way to promote the correct usage of the English language.  BTW: I hope the good people who post articles on MSN’s website will honor this day, since I read at least one post on their site per day in need of some punctualtional attention (the end in “end zone” only has one e, ladies and gents who post NFL articles!).

For more info about this wonderful holiday, you can visit this website.