I guess I’m a little late; the year rolled over a few days ago. Time to recap 2016 and look forward to what 2017 has to offer.
Happy Halloween, folks! Here’s some Halloween bluegrass for ya.
The first one is performed by Blackstone Valley Bluegrass, but the real reason I’m eager to share is because the lyrics are written by my grandfather Marcel “Pepe” Huguenin, also remembered by some in the Connecticut area as “The Bluegrass Coyote“! Lots of great memories with him at bluegrass jams and teaching me how to play bluegrass in his garage. Thanks, Pep! Hope you have a great Halloween!
And thanks to Mark Lynn Ferguson from over at The Revivalist for finding this spooky song from one of my all-time favorite bluegrass artists, Del McCoury!
Del McCoury Band and The Fairfield Four deliver a perfect tune to get you and your goblins in the Halloween mood. Recorded for the All Star Bluegrass Celebration II, this one’s become a contemporary classic.
via One Song: It’s Just the Night — The Revivalist
The Revivalist is a stellar website dedicated to Southern Appalachian culture, highly recommended.
Don’t forget, today is the last day of the 99 cent sale of the Kindle version of When the Watcher Shakes. Don’t miss out, get it before it goes back to full price!
Of course I want to show off our jack-o-lantern, so I’ll leave you with some pics of what Emily and I did this year. The all-seeing pumpkin eye will bring about the New Pumpkin Order. The Pumpkinati is amongst us, waiting patiently to strike when the time is ripe.
A little progress report on my Halloween sale of When the Watcher Shakes. Looks like we’re getting some movement here: into the Top 100 of Mystery, Thriller & Suspense>Suspense>Horror. If you haven’t read it, get it while it’s still $0.99!
February is home to one of my favorite holidays, Valentine’s Day. It’s also the month in which houses my wife’s birthday. So I’ll be spending more money this month than usual. But that’s okay, because she usually shares the chocolate I buy her.
I would be remiss (not amiss, thank you Google!) if I didn’t mention that February is also Black History Month. I’m not extremely well-read on the subject, but I do want to take this opportunity to shout out about The Color of Water, an inspiring and incredible memoir by James McBride.
In other February news:
I’m looking forward to begin communication with the graphic designer that will be working on my book’s cover. I booked Design for Writers a little while back, and they said I should be contacted sometime around the beginning of February to begin the work. Pretty psyched about that.
Also, I have an editor (David Gatewood) scheduled to take my manuscript later this month! He’s one of the best out there, and I look forward to working with him.
So, good things happening this month! Hey, any advice for good birthday and/or Valentine’s Day presents, I’m all ears; I haven’t decided what I’m getting Emily yet.
I know this is not the greatest of blog posts; I was just kind of checking in to let everyone know I’m still here. Apparently there was a rumor circulating a few days ago that Stephen King had died, but he (or probably one of his PR people) logged onto his blog to dispel that rumor and reassure all of his fans. Of course, if had been true, I wouldn’t be too surprised if he continued to write bestsellers from beyond the grave. I mean, this happens all the time, right? Or am I misunderstanding the term ghostwriter?
Happy New Year everyone!
I guess the thing to do with the beginning of the new year is to reflect on the past and plan for the future. Probably something we should do more than just once a year, but it’s still as good a time as any to start! Continue reading
As an interneter, I’ve fallen a bit short. I was going to have some sort of great holiday email sent our to my subscribers, and a cheery yet thought provoking Christmas themed blog post. But I got sick this week, and I lost all motivation, and the best I can come up with is a few sentences about not blogging and this picture of the Grinch from last night’s traditional Christmas Eve viewing:
I like the Grinch. He and I both have an inexplicable dislike for Christmas carols.
Remember the Savior come as a humble baby. He will come again as a conquering King. Merry Christmas everyone. Now I gotta get out of bed and make my wife some biscuits.