It's Hallowe'en 2021! Many things throughout my life, good and bad, have happened on the 31st of October, and it's always good to reflect, but more importantly look forward. Given that under this name I write a lot of dark poetry and horror, it's always been a special time of year, so I love Hallowe'en. I also celebrate Walpurgis Nacht, which is precisely six months before (or after) Hallowe'en. They are such magical times of the year, don't you think?
For example, It's been ten years to the day since a very important event happened in my life, where a story of mine was read on local BBC radio during the breakfast slot. I was unable to hear it at the time as I was on my way to work, but it's good that my writing was getting out there. It kickstarted my next creative burst of writing which lasted for several years.
Hallowe'en, like the autumnal season, can be a period of change. Coincidentally, I also have made many important decisions on or around Hallowe'en. I applied for one of the best jobs I've ever had on Hallowe'en, and although I stayed there less than two years because ultimately the opportunities and money were better in my next career move, it was a really friendly and supportive place and I miss it a lot.
A lot of writing also happens around this time. NaNoWriMo always starts the day after Hallowe'en. In case you don't know, NaNoWriMo is a global marathon writing session, whereby participants write a minimum of 50,000 words in a month; a short novel, if you will.
My publisher released my latest novel this week in time for Hallowe'en, written under a pen-name; I am under an agreement with my publisher to not to reveal my pseudonym, unfortunately, but early sales figures show it selling at a rate that all are happy with. At this rate I should be able to afford a bag of chips at the end of the week (joke, hahaha).
To all my readers, I wish you a very happy Hallowe'en, or Happy Samhain if you celebrate that!