Behold: This year’s jack-o-lanterns. We carved them with friends on Saturday, and mine is already starting to look a bit backward-leaning and droopy (it’s the one that appears to depict a cat crossed with a chubby lizard), but Ryan’s creepy face just gets creepier as it shrivels.
If anyone’s looking for a last-minute literary costume, check out Books Together. There you’ll find step-by-step instructions for assembling your own Olive Dunwoody costume, and links to several other book-based costume ideas. (You can also enter to win a set of seven fantastic Halloweeny books published by Penguin, including The Shadows! Go! Go NOW!)
Speaking of giveaways: the Facebook All Hallow’s Read giveaway ended this morning, and I’ve contacted the randomly selected winner. (I asked entrants to name the fictional character they’d least like to encounter in real life, and there were a slew of great responses: multiple mentions of Cthulu and Count Olaf, as well as votes for Randall Flagg of Stephen King creation, Commander Woundwart from Watership Down, Eric Cartman (I agree–he’s terrifying), and Snooki.) Thanks, everyone.
Poetry news: My poem, “Wendigo in the 21st Century,” was a finalist for this year’s SFPA poetry contest. You can read the winners and see the full list here. The SFPA is also hosting a Halloween poetry reading; visit their Halloween page to hear me reading my Rhysling-nominated poem, “Escaping the Dawn” or to listen to other great poems and poets.
And, finally, my super-cool new t-shirt:
(Here’s the local paper’s write-up.) Two days until showtime…