I'm wondering how much party progress detail I should post, since now I have more & more local readers who are party guests, so if I post too much, they won't be surprised when they show up to the party. Also if I have grand plans that don't end up working out, I don't want them disappointed. We'll see how it goes, since I've already heard from several people I only know from online "how come no Halloween blog updates from this year yet?" so I don't want to disappoint them either!
Some of my Halloween recipes will be published in Tucson, AZ, and Bristol, UK in local papers or magazines, and I have been promised tearsheets from each to see for myself. :) I almost got included in a karaoke book for the UK this summer, but I was so swamped at work it was too late when I finally could reply.
I have successfully replied to 60 Halloween help requests so far since August, even while on vacation! Gotta find a way to make consultant fees off of all that time spent! ;) Of course the real time suck is all the emails that come in the last couple weeks before Halloween, so that will come pretty soon. I'm noticing a frequency uptick even just today during the day!
I have a working draft of my own party book "Eerie Elegance" that so far I've spent many hours writing this summer (boy, when I get on a roll, I either remember other ideas I've done before or have even MORE related ideas!), but it's on hiatus right now for the sake of this year's party. I am hoping to get more good photos of me doing party prep this year, especially for inclusion in my book, but since I always end up working on party prep into the wee hours, it's hard to have other people take photos of me. I might set up the tripod & timer just to see what I can get. Of course that also means I have to look presentable while baking - always a challenge! ;) The big question is whether to self-publish or try to shop an outline & an example section to a publisher. I'm still up in the air about that, since I like the full-control idea of self-publishing, but supposedly there's more financial potential from working with a real publisher who would do the distribution for me. Of course, I could get really lucky & someone could see my self-published book & want to offer me a deal...hey it worked for the kid who wrote Eragon! ;)
Now on to the immediate Halloween party progress, in roughly chronological order so far...not much executed yet, but I'm getting there...some of this was done before I left on my trip of course but had to be done for the party's sake!
Still SO much to do, as always, and Saturday is a bust because we're in a choir recording session all day...promise me you won't be disappointed in this year's party, please!