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80’s Heidi and Egyptian Kati – I went on this huge Egypt kick after reading all up on them for a class. 🙂

Happy Halloween, everyone! First of all, we wanted to say thanks for sticking with us this month – this is officially our 31st post of October, so challenge met! And for those of you just tuning in, here’s the brief recap:

Kati disagreed with my reasons behind her love of Halloween, but we ended up agreeing it’s just a super fun holiday.  So fun, in fact, that we’ve decided to create a whole week behind it in the sequel to our WIP, “Mystic Cooking.” And speaking of “Mystic Cooking,” we shared an excerpt in this post here discussing the irrational fears of fictional characters.

And since we’re talking about fiction, we reviewed some good Halloween reads this month, like “The Ghost and the Goth,” “Anna Dressed in Blood,” “The Forest of Hands and Teeth,” and “Nevermore.” We also talked about first scary books, and Kati told a creepy ghost story of her own.

We talked a bit about great villains, which led to this age old debate: who is more evil, Cersei or Joffrey? And on the subject of George R.R. Martin, we delved a little into fictional weather and climate.  You know, because winter is coming…

Some other highlights were a brief foray into cover art and how it can sometimes trick you (and if you want to know more about what makes a great cover, you should seriously check out Jae’s blog posts on the topic here), and our trail running adventures over the weekend.  I think that pretty much sums it up.

Going into November we’ll still be blogging away (this challenge was actually really fun – great idea, Kati!), but we’re thinking it will be a more reasonable amount, like Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.  Some topics we’ll be discussing this next month include what it’s like to co-write a book, pet peeves in YA, and, since it’s the month of Thanksgiving, things we love, not to mention more fiction Fridays.  After all, I did commit myself to a reading challenge.  So stay with us, and for those of you doing NaNoWriMo – good luck!

Best,

Heidi and Kati

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