Thrills and Chills – ROW80 and NaNoWriMo

Darkness falls across the land. The midnight hour is close at hand. Creatures crawl in search of blood… Yes, I know I’m quoting the lyrics from Thriller, but I’m trying to set the scene. My daughters’ persuaded me to go to a Scare Fest last Thursday, close to midnight no less *cue music*  “It’s close to midnight…” Sorry, can’t get the song out of my head!. As I stepped into the woods, gripping tightly to my partner in crime, I expected Michael himself to cross our path – it was like the set of a horror movie! There were a group of us, which added to the fun. We even had the stereotypical tough guy; with his false bravado and constant jokes to compensate for the fact he was way out of his element. He actually made the night…when the first zombie jumped into our path, he screamed louder than I did! It was a lot of fun. The scene wasn’t complete without a cabin in the woods and despite signs warning us against the horrors waiting inside, we entered the fun house. Yes, you guessed it, there were more zombies…this time axe-wielding fire-men.

So, anyway, that leads me onto my own fireman – Tyler Davies. NaNoWriMo is going well. I’m enjoying spending time with Tyler and the gang, and I’ve even found time to continue editing. I don’t have a great deal to update in terms of ROW80. You win some and you lose some. My writing and editing are on target, so this week I plan to concentrate on the blogging elements I’ve failed to complete so far.

How about you? How was your week, and what did you do for Halloween?

Thanks for stopping by.


Author: mbarkersimpson

Melissa Barker-Simpson is a multigenre romance author. Her stories are about connection, friendship, and love in all its forms. So whether in a magical setting, an alternative universe, or a world where anything can happen – and often does – there is always an element of romance. Melissa is currently residing in the North of England with her two daughters, and when not writing, is fulfilling her other role as a British Sign Language Interpreter.

32 thoughts on “Thrills and Chills – ROW80 and NaNoWriMo”

  1. Just finished a word sprint and so far real good, I spent my Halloween dressed up as Wednesday Addams thinking I wasn’t going to do nanowrimo this year. But never say never 😀

    1. Absolutely! I decided I wasn’t going to do it this year, and then changed my mind at the last minute! Wednesday Addams sounds cool – I didn’t dress up this time. Maybe I’ll join the crew at the Scare Fest next year and have some fun 🙂 Thanks for commenting.

      1. I just realised you’re writing and editing at the same time. That will hopefully be me next year.

        I’ll probably do a Halloween post you can check out later but for now lots more word sprinting!

        All the best!

  2. I’m late, internet just came back to life two hours ago. Anyways I received only one guest at the door, dropped a handful of candy into some tall teens bag. No one came, I think my dog spooked them, or unless he was spooked by them,
    My ROW80 check in is a bit late. as for my naNoWriMo, It’ss meagre at the moment. Prologue is a tad challenging, I think the writing would be mellow out and be written out,
    I think the tea almost gave me an upper cut, cue scene from street fighter II video game, Sho-Ryu-Ken.
    Sounds like your day had gone mellow, happy writing. 😉 stay on the mellow side 🙂

    1. I wasn’t mellow at the weekend when my internet was down for almost two days! That’s probably why I got so much writing done 🙂 I’ve found my chi again though now! I hope you get through the prologue and the words start to flow like wine 🙂

      1. Ah, narcolepsy it affects the internet in your region, as well. Unless the internet providers are cheap greedy bastards. Anyways it’s good that you got the writing done. And your chi as well.
        The prologue is getting there. Cheers with a cup of strong coffee

  3. Sounds like all is well. We Halloweened with friends out-of-state, and there was a Harry Potter inspired feast. The eyeball deviled eggs were especially tasty!

    1. lol – they’re wily, those Michael Jackson fans! The embarrassing thing is, I can remember creating a dance routine when I was about 12 and forcing my family to watch…an unforgiving audience 😉

  4. I’m not with it, I didn’t even catch the Thriller lyrics! Now, if I’d heard the music, I would’ve known it right off 🙂 No way I’d go to anything called a “Scare Fest!” We took our sons trick or treating for Halloween… that was about it.

  5. I write best when I’m inspired. I get an idea and if I go with it–which means setting aside whatever I’ve been working on–it usually turns out well. So yesterday, I got a marketing inspiration for my non-fic books. Five hours later, I had some great Photoshopped images.

    But no progress on my book. Sweet and sour.

  6. Sounds like a lot of fun. It’s been ages since I went to a “house of horrors.” My Halloween was pretty low key. I did carve a jack-o-lantern this year. He’s still sitting on my balcony, with his crooked grin and rectangular eyes.

    Have a great week!

    1. Thanks, Denise – you too 🙂 The last time I carved a pumpkin I carved the Transformers logo (Autobots, of course) – it turned out pretty well! I didn’t do one this year. Maybe I’ll try something extravagant next time!

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