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Trick and Treat

Hello from Monterey, California! I’m writing to you from yesterday. Christchurch is twenty hours ahead of Monterey, so you’ve reached November before me. How is it so far? I am thrilled to be on a virtual visit to New Zealand this month as your November Star Author.

Since it is Halloween in California, I’ll begin with a writing trick and a reading treat.

Do you ever have trouble getting started writing? Maybe it’s an essay for school and you just can’t come up with the first line, or a story that is fantastic in your imagination, but you can’t seem to get it onto the page. Getting started is my number one writing challenge.

The next time you’re stuck, try the timer trick:

Grab the kitchen timer. Get paper and pen or open a new document on your computer.

Ready? Now set the timer for 15 minutes and press start. Write as fast as you can, without stopping, without erasing, until that timer buzzes.

Don’t worry about spelling. Don’t worry about getting the facts right. Perfection is not the goal. This is a draft. Just write. You’ll be surprised what tumbles out of your head and onto the page. If 15 minutes feels daunting, start with 5.

Look for more writing tips this month, as well as the story of where my stories come from, and maybe even a word game or two.

For now I’ll leave with you with a treat. The sweetest reading treat of all: a poem.

Like Christchurch, Monterey is bordered by hills and the Pacific Ocean. Fog hovers out my morning window as I write, so here is a fog poem by Carl Sandburg:

FOG
 
The fog comes
on little cat feet
 
It sits looking
over harbor and city
on silent haunches
and then moves on.

 

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Scare your socks off this Halloween

Halloween is nearly here.  It’s celebrated on 31st October and it’s a time when we enjoy being scared by witches, ghosts and other creepy creatures! We might dress up, have a party, read scary stories or make some yummy treats.  We’ve been highlighting some of our favourite spooky authors throughout our Seriously Spooky month, including Joseph Delaney and Barry Hutchison.

The Halloween page on our Kids website has lots of great ideas for celebrating Halloween.

 

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Give yourself a fright this Halloween

This Sunday it’s Halloween, a time when people enjoy the thrill of being scared by witches, ghosts, goblins, and things that go bump in the night.  In America, kids go trick-or-treating, where they go around their neighbourhood and collected candy.  We don’t really celebrate Halloween in New Zealand, although some of you might still go trick-or-treating. 

We have lots of scary stories in the library to give you a fright this Halloween.  My favourites are:

To find out more about Halloween, check out our Halloween page, and to find more scary stories to read, try our If you like Ghost Stories booklist.

What’s your favourite scary story?

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