New Bloggy Update 10/31/22

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Happy Halloween!!

(this is my brother, Rick, who stopped by to see me at my most recent event – The Wheaton Haunted Flea, the 9 hour marathon of selling!)

Charlie was there, of course. Once again, acting as driver, roadie, water-getter, bathroom break provider, and all around support system. Thanks to Charlie AND Rick for making the event groovy!

So…now what?

Well, I’m 17 chapters into Draft #4 of Sanctum. I’m not doing Nanowrimo this year – instead, I’ll be completing this draft throughout the month. The plan is still to send it off to my Beta Readers when I finish – sometime in early December.

I will be posting a NEW “ALL BUSINESS” tomorrow, so pop on back for that! I also want to remind folks that I would LOVE to have guest posts for that segment. Let me know if you would be interested in writing up a short article. (

I also want to welcome some new followers to the blog! Welcome! Thanks for coming aboard. I normally post new Meet & Greets (author interviews) each Monday. As for Spotlights (artists) and Flip Sides (music folks), I post them when I get them! So, if you know of anyone, send them my way. I’m here to boost the signal for us all 🙂

My next event is actually taking place at a senior center! ARC in Normal, Illinois! It’ll be my first experience doing it there, but, that’s what happens when you get to be 55+. Whole new worlds open up. LOL. 🙂 If you are local, stop on by and check it out. There should be about 20 vendors on hand.

As for what we’ve been watching:

Hellraiser (2022) – You know, there’s something to be said for the originals. They’re usually better. It was “fine” for an updated version, and I suppose if you’ve never seen the first one, it’s a decent horror movie, but I ended up giving it a 6.3. A little sloppy, a little overacted, but yeah, give it a go if you’re of a mind to do such things.

The Good Nurse (2022) – This played like a stepped-up Lifetime movie (bad nurse gets a job…people start dying…good nurse tries to stop them…you know the drill). The kicker is that this is based on a true story. Rides the line of true crime and thriller. It’s worth watching. I liked it better than Charlie, but it could just be personal preference.

The Owners (2020)“An old country house is the perfect score for a group of friends looking for an easy payday. However, the robbery turns into a brutal and bloody nightmare when the elderly owners turn the tables of the thieves.” I had forgotten about this even though we just watched it about a week and a half ago. LOL. That should tell you something. For me, the whole movie barely hung on to itself. None of the characters are likable, so when any of them die or get hurt, you’re kind of glad. It was sort of like watching a bunch of annoying people try to “one up” one another. Charlie liked it better than me, and I ended up giving it a 5.6. Probably too high a rating. Take a pass on this one unless you’re really struggling with something to watch.

The Patient (2022) – Watched all the episodes. Loved Steve Carell. But the ending? No spoilers here, in case you haven’t seen it or haven’t finished yet, but I have to say, it lost me. Not that I didn’t “understand” it, but I just didn’t like where it ended up OR how it got there. I could have seen a handful of alternative endings that would have still made sense, but it didn’t take any of those options. I’m glad to have seen it, but I should have adjusted my expectations.

AfterLife (2019) – Ricky Gervais’s masterpiece of three seasons and 18 episodes. I’ll be honest. I didn’t really want to watch this. It’s about a man’s wife who passed away and how he deals with it. I don’t do “death” very well. I find it too sad. As a matter of fact, I spent a good portion of this show with a box of Kleenex on my lap. BUT, I also thought some of the show was HILARIOUS – like The Office hilarious. So, don’t let the subject matter dissuade you like I almost did. Watch it. Listen. Learn. There’s a lot to love here. Strong recommend.

Halloween III (1982)– The “best” of the franchise. This delight is perfect for the season. Bad acting. Twisty plot that you can kind of see. Wack-a-doo ending. Eighties vibe. It’s great.

Okay, that’s a wrap! Got lots of kids at the door wanting treats. Have a very groovy Halloween!

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