Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloweenie!

Yes, it's time for one of the few holidays in which adults can act like the kiddies, and the kiddies can act like themselves. It's also one of my favorite holidays too. Not because of all the candy that is available for consumption, which I used to enjoy when I was my two little juvenile delinquent's ages but if I tried to eat and enjoy today, I would probably do this:


No, Halloween is one of my favorite holidays not only because of the fact that its the one time of the year that people can dress up in any kind of costume that their warped imagination can think of and not get into too much trouble with, but because of the fact that those same costumes can and do, invite people like to drop their imagination into overdrive.

In my case, since I write and blog, my imagination looks at all the potential "what ifs" for story ideas. And two years ago, Halloween week brought a plethora of "what ifs" for story ideas, and one of those story ideas stayed in my head long enough for me to flesh it out and write a nifty story.

The basis of the idea was pretty simple. I went grocery shopping at a now defunct (for Connecticut that is) grocery store and saw a female cashier dressed up as a cat, complete with whiskers, ears and a tail. The image stuck when I got home, so I decided to sit down and write a story based on that image. Four days later, I finished up the story while I was manning the door at our house for Halloween.

I proceeded to spend the next year and a half (2009 thru early 2011), tweaking and entering the story in the various writing contests I happened to come across. Eventually I changed tactics and started submitting it to a few magazines, partially for the idea of trying to build up some publishing credits while I was submitting Line 21, and partially to see if I could find someone else besides the fantastic e-zine Beat To A Pulp to publish a story of mine.

Success came for the story in June of this year when The Cynic Magazine agreed to publish my story entitled "Red Stripe", of which the link can be found near the top of the front page of this blog.

So this is why Halloween is my favorite holiday: from the simple observation of a young lady dressed up like a cat, came a story about a day in the life of a punk rock singer, which in turn became my second commercially published short story.

However, for those of you who might want a better visual for Halloween, give this video a shot.

8 comments:

  1. I still love Halloween because you can scare the shit out of people and they laugh instead of suing you.

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  2. Bearman: This is so very true. :D

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  3. You have an amazingly creative mind! That's quite the successful inspiration.

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  4. I am new to halloween concept thus I am taking my time to adapt...I haven't dressed for halloween yet,in my two year stay in London however I did click some joker photographs for fun...

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  5. I too best like the creativity associasted with this holiday- but I had to miss it.

    Today I had to work with a lady who believes celebrating this holiday is evil! (witches, Paganism) She won't watch a Harry Potter movie either... Or believe there are aliens, ghosts, or saints.
    Totally took the fun out of it for me. Luckily, you put some back in for me!

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  6. R: Thankee.

    I do have my moments of semi-brilliance from time to time.

    Now if I could only find homes for a few other similiarly inspired short stories, I'll be a semi-happy camper. :D

    B.B.: Halloween can be a incredibly fascinating visual adventure in terms of costumes and what not. Personally, I haven't dressed up in anything since the early 90's when I did a poor immitation of a televangelist.

    Snaggle: Glad I was able to put a little bit of fun back into your day.

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  7. I like me some halloween too. Was listening to a bunch of "helloween" music yesterday. good stuff.

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  8. Charles: With all the garbarge going on over the weekend with the snow storm and related damage, I haven't even had the opportunity beyond digging out that video to liten to any kind of "Helloween" music.

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