Torcon 2015: Friday!

Torcon is finally here! Oh my goodness I feel like I have been waiting for this weekend forever and now it’s here!

This is the first time I’ve been to Torcon for a full weekend. I’ve gone for the past two years, but only ever went on the Saturday because it’s always been too expensive. This year it was still expensive, but the show’s been on for ten years and I decided to splash out a little bit and go for the whole weekend.

I’ve been really good about not splashing out anymore on any merchandise and I’m hoping to keep it that way. The way things are looking tomorrow I may not be entirely successful, but we shall see.

Alright, so I was a little late getting to the convention today so Richard Speight Jr. (who is MC-ing the whole event) was already on stage. However, I was there in plenty of time to see all the panelists.

The first one up was Alaina Huffman (Abbadon)!

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Alaina was a little minute addition to the guest list after Ruth Connell unfortunately had to cancel. However, I’m so glad Alaina was here! She’s amazing and hilarious and she’s Canadian!

It was really funny because every time someone would answer a question she would give them candy. Richard Speight Jr. made the joke I think many of us were thinking which is that taking candy from strangers doesn’t matter when you’re at a Supernatural convention.

Something I really liked about Alaina’s panel was that she talked about women’s roles (or lack thereof) on TV and how women need to be given more roles. Yes! I am so glad she mentioned this especially at such a huge event for a huge show. It’s absolutely amazing and completely true.

Next up was Osric Chau (Kevin Tran) who spent a lot of time talking about Cosplay. For anyone who doesn’t know, Osric cosplays a lot and you can find tons of amazing photos of him in so many phenomenal costumes online! Seriously, Google it.

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He was completely hilarious and talked a bit about how he’d like to see Kevin come back. Maybe Kevin could come back as a ghost, after all, ghosts can’t die again, right? Has he even seen the show?! Of courses ghosts die again, and it’s normally Sam and Dean who kill them! His reaction when he learned this was hilarious and it really was a great panel.

These panels were followed by the Supernatural Yes/No Trivia Game which was hilarious because by the time they got down to the final two people, it lasted forever! Both contestants gave the same answer as the other over and over again and often times they were both wrong! It was so funny.

One the Yes/No Quiz was over it was back to the panels and up next was Gil McKinney (Henry Winchester)!

Alright, so I’m a huge fan of Supernatural (obviously), but I’m also a huge fan of Once Upon A Time and I didn’t know that Gil McKinney plays Prince Eric on OUAT.

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I had no idea! Looking back now I’m smacking myself in the forehead for not realizing it. It definitely makes rewatching OUAT all the more exciting now.

Something else I learned at this panel is that Gil McKinney is an amazing singer! Seriously fantastic. Go look him up on Youtube I guarantee there are tons of videos of him singing and you will not be disappointed.

I took a couple videos at karaoke, but I’m betting you can find some better quality ones on Youtube than what I got on my phone.

Gil McKinney is also the reason I may end up spending money this weekend as I’m considering buying a photo op with him. If I don’t do it this year then I’ll probably have to come back and do it next year cause he’s amazing and getting a photo would be awesome.

The final panelist was Erica Carroll (Hannah) who also talked about women’s roles on TV. One thing she brought up about this in regards to Supernatural was the relationship between Hannah and Cas which she didn’t like too much.

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She said it was very easy to go that route and you know what, she’s right. You have a popular male character on the show and bring in a badass female character to work with him, it’s really easy to put them together and suddenly she just turns into a love interest.

I’m really glad that’s not what happened with Hannah and I’m definitely hoping we’ll see more of Erica Carroll in the new season!

Something else I learned during her panel is that in the episode with her naked scene? Not actually her. Yup, she said she made a choice and she stood by her choice and I think that’s amazing.

They needed a naked back for that scene and she didn’t want it to be hers and I give her major kudos for that.

Lena Headey did something similar in the most recent season finale of Game of Thrones. We see all of Cersei Lannister completely naked, but we’re not seeing Lena Headey who opted not to get naked.

Huge kudos to all the women who choose not to get naked on screen and you know what? Huge kudos to the women who do get naked on screen.

Kudos to the women on screen. Erica and Alaina are right, there isn’t enough of you so I give you props for getting out there and being badass no matter what you do.

The final event of the night was the karaoke party (not spelt kareoke which is what I did all night) and this was great. I wasn’t sure if I was going to go originally cause I’d already gone back to my hotel, but I’m so glad I did cause it was so much fun.

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There were so many people there and so many of the actors got up and sang. Richard, Rob, and Matt were dressed as the Three Amigos while Kathryn Newton (Claire Novak) came dressed as Sailor Moon and she was completely rocking the look.

From “Bad Blood” to “Lighters” to a lot of Bon Jovi, it was one of the best nights of my life.

There’s still two more days of Torcon left and plenty more to see and do. Hopefully I won’t spent too much money, but I’m definitely looking forward to seeing everybody on Saturday and then Jared and Jensen on Sunday! This is the first time I’ll be seeing them at a convention so I’m super excited!

Were you a Friday Person at Torcon? If you were I’d love to hear what you think!

If not I’d love to hear what you think anyway! Let me down below your thoughts on Supernatural, conventions, if you’ve been to a con in the past, or maybe just about the meaning of life. Whatever you want!

I’ll be posting soon about Day 2!

Also, I’m hoping that if I attend again next year I’ll have a proper camera and can take some better photos than the ones I got on my phone as my phone isn’t crazy about the bright lights they point at the stage. A lot of the pictures turned out either out of focus or, if they were in focus, the people were glowing. I got some good Saturday shots because some of the people like Mark Sheppard and Misha Collins wander through the audience which means they turn the lights back on. Yay! This means pictures turn out looking like people! Woohoo!

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Names of the Week

Andrea

Female
Nickname: Andy; Andie
Pronunciation: An-dree-uh
Origin: Italian
Meaning: Brave
Well-Known Andreas: Andrea (Yesterday’s Child, Barbara Wood), Andrea (The Walking Dead), Andrea ‘Andie’ McPhee (Dawson‘s Creek), Andrea ‘Andy’ McNally (Rookie Blue), Andrea Joy ‘AJ’ Cook (Actress), Andrea Russett (Youtuber)

Carol

Female
Alternate Spelling: Carole
Pronunciation: Care-uhl
Origin: French
Meaning: Song of Happiness
Well-Known Carols: Carol Danvers (Marvel Comics), Carol Peletier (The Walking Dead), Carol Ross (ER), Carol Baldwin (Coronation Street), Carol Higgins Clark (Novelist), Carol Ann Sheilds (Novelist)

Glenn

Male
Alternate Spelling: Glen
Pronunciation: Glen
Origin: Celtic
Meaning: From the Wooded Valley
Well-Known Glenns: Glenn Rhee (The Walking Dead), Glenn Masters (Star of Babylon, Barbara Wood), Glenn Danzig (“The Misfits”), Glenn Worf (Country Music Bassist), Glenn Lee Beck (American TV Host)

Hershel

Male
Pronunciation: Her-shul
Origin: Hebrew
Meaning: Deer
Well-Known Hershels: Hershel Greene (The Walking Dead), Hershel Agasa (“Case Closed”), Hershel McGriff (NASCAR Driver), Hershel Layton (“Professor Layton”

Judith

Female
Nickname: Judy; Jude
Pronunciation: Joo-dith
Origin: Hebrew
Meaning: He Will be Praised
Well-Known Judiths: Judith Grimes (The Walking Dead), Judith Miller (American Journalist), Judith Butler (American Philosopher), Judith Shakespeare (Daughter of William Shakespeare)

Lizzie

Female
Alternate Spelling:
Nickname: Liz
Pronunciation: lih-zee
Origin: Isreal
Meaning: Form of Elizabeth
Well-Known Lizzies: Lizzie Samuels (The Walking Dead), Lizzie McGuire (Lizzie McGuire), Elizabeth ‘Lizzie’ Bennet (Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen), Lizzie Lakely (Emmerdale), Elizabeth ‘Lizzie’ Lillian Marvelly (New Zealand Singer-Songwriter), Elizabeth ‘Lizzie’ Mickery (British Writer)

Merle

Male
Pronunciation: Merle
Origin: England; France
Meaning: Blackbird
Well-Known Merles: Merle Dixon (The Walking Dead), Merle Haggard (Country Singer), Merle Evans (Circus Band Conductor)

Mika

Unisex
Alternate Spelling: Micah
Pronunciation: mee-kuh; my-kuh
Origin: Isreal
Meaning: Humble
Well-Known Mikas: Mika Samuels (The Walking Dead), Mika Grainger (Waterloo Road), Mika Boorem (American Actress), Mika Abdalla (American Actress), Mika Brzezinski (TV Host and Journalist), Mika (Singer)

Morgan

Unisex
Pronunciation: mor-guhn
Origin: Celtic
Meaning: By the Sea
Well-Known Morgans: Morgan Jones (The Walking Dead), Morgan le Fay ‘Morgana’ (King Arthur Legend), Morgan Flynn (“The Sims 3”), Morgan York (American Actress), Morgan Freeman (American Actor)

Rick

Male
Nickname: Ricky
Pronunciation: rik
Origin: England
Meaning: Brave Ruler; Diminutive of Richard
Well-Known Ricks: Rick Grimes (The Walking Dead), Rick Blaine (Casablanca), Rick (“Portal”), Rick Riordan (American Author), Rick Springfield (Australian Singer)

Sasha

Unisex
Alternate Spelling: Sacha
Pronunciation: Sah-shuh
Origin: Greece
Meaning: Defender of Mankind; Diminutive of Alexander (Russia)
Well-Known Sashas: Sasha (The Walking Dead), Sasha (Absolute Friends, John le Carre), Sasha Braus (Attack on Titan), Sasha Filippov (Enemy at the Gates), Sasha Issenberg (American Author), Sasha Skenderika (Bosnian Poet)

Shane

Unisex
Pronunciation: Shane
Origin: Ireland
Meaning: Gift From God
Well-Known Shanes: Shane Walsh (The Walking Dead), Shane Collins (Morganville Vampire, Rachel Caine), Shane McCutcheon (The L Word), Shane Botwin (Weeds), Shane Edward Smeltz (New Zealand Footballer), Shane Dawson (Youtuber)

Tara

Female
Pronunciation: tar-uh
Origin: Gaelic
Meaning: Tower; Hillside
Well-Known Taras: Tara Chambler (The Walking Dead), Tara Duncan (Tara Duncan, Sophia Audouin-Mamikoian), Tara Brennan (13 Gifts, Wendy Mass), Tara James (Chrissa Stands Strong), Tara Knowles (Sons of Anarchy), Tara Reid (American Actress), Tara Gilesbie (Apparently an Infamous Fanfiction Author)

Tyreese

Male
Alternate Spelling: Tyreece; Tyrese; Tyrees
Nickname: Ty; Reese
Pronunciation: Ty-reese
Origin: America
Meaning: Enthusiastic
Well-Known Tyreeses: Tyreese (The Walking Dead), Prince Tyreese (Dirt), Tyrese Darnell Gibson (American Singer), Tyrees Allen (American Actor)

The Walking Dead returns tomorrow and I decided to celebrate with some Walking Dead names! I’ve also been celebrating quite a bit over on my other blog with a Top 10 Favourite Episodes countdown which you can find here!

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National Poetry Day!

“Today”

I walked to Buckingham Palace,
To drink tea with the Queen.
Then I went up Jack’s Beanstalk,
To collect a magic bean.

I joined the King and Sorcerer,
To slay a fiery beast.
Then used a fairy’s magic,
To join the Lost Boy’s feast.

I travelled back in time,
To see the apple fall.
Then I went forward again,
To make the first phone call.

I composed symphony No. 25,
At Mozart’s side.
I was in the wide open field,
When Van Gogh died.

I ran a 5K marathon,
And swam across the sea.
I travelled to the moon and back,
And witnessed Kennedy’s Decree.

Today I wrote a poem,
And it’s all lies, you say?
Not once did I claim it true,
So no lies did I portray.
– J. Carson

So I didn’t know it was National Poetry Day until I came on here at about 11:50 and saw a bunch of people posting about it. it’s now 12:01, but I figured I’d celebrate anyway with a poem I wrote a few years ago. I don’t remember exactly why I wrote this, but I remember something my English Lit. Professor said inspired it.

Happy National Poetry Day!

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Supernatural Names of the Week

Castiel

Male
Nickname: Cas, Cass
Pronunciation: Cas-tee-el
Origin: Latin
Meaning: Angel of Thursday
Well-Known Castiels: Castiel (Supernatural), Former name of a municipality in Switzerland, Angel of Thursday
*Often thought to be an alternate to the name Cassiel*

Dean

Male
Pronunciation: deen
Origin: England
Meaning: Leader
Well-Known Deans: Dean Winchester (Supernatural), Dean Thomas (Harry Potter, J.K. Rowling), Dean Moriarty (On the Road, Jack Kerouac), Dean Forrester (Gilmore Girls), Dean Koontz (American Novelist)

Jared

Male
Alternate Spelling: Jaryd
Pronunciation: jair-uhd
Origin: Israel
Meaning: Down to Earth
Well-Known Jareds: Jared Grace (The Spiderwick Chronicles, Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black), Jared Booth (Bones), Jared Howe (The Host, Stephenie Meyer), Jared Scott Gilmore (American Actor), Jared Padalecki (Actor)

Jeffrey

Male
Nickname: Jeff
Pronunciation: jeff-ree
Origin: England; Germany
Meaning: Divinely Peaceful
Well-Known Jeffreys: Jeffrey Tifton (The Penderwicks, Jeanne Birdsall), Jeffrey Sinclair (Babylon 5), Jeffrey Dean Morgan (American Actor), Jeffrey Eugenides (American Novelist), Jeffrey ‘Jeff’ Buckley (Singer-Songwriter)

Jensen

Male
Alternate Spelling: Jenson
Nickname: Jay
Pronunciation: jen-suhn
Origin: Scandinavia
Meaning: God is Gracious
Well-Known Jensens: Jensen (Days of Our Lives), Jensen Ackles (Actor), Jensen Button (Formula One racing driver), Jenson McKenzie (German Rock Band)

Mary

Female
Nickname: Mare
Pronunciation: mare-ee
Origin: Biblical
Meaning: Bitter
Well-Known Marys: Mary Poppins (Mary Poppins, P.L. Travers), Mary Malone (His Dark Materials Series, Philip Pullman), Mary Winchester (Supernatural), Mary margaret Blanchard (Once Upon a Time), Mary Jane Watson (Spiderman), Mary Read (English Pirate), Mary Pope Osborne (Children’s Author)

Misha

Unisex
Alternate Spelling: Michsa
Pronunciation: mee-sha
Origin: Russia
Meaning: Like God
Well-Known Mishas: Misha Collins (Actor), Mischa Barton (Actress), Misha B (British Singer), Misha Gabriel Hamilton (American Actor)

Sam

Unisex
Alternate Spelling: Samuel
Pronunciation: Sam
Origin: Hebrew
Meaning: From Samuel/Samson
Well-Known Sams: Sam Winchester (Supernatural), Samwise ‘Sam’ Gamgee (The Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien), Sam Roth (Wolves of Mercy Falls Series, Maggie Stiefvator), Sam Evans (Glee), Sam Claflin (English Actor)

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October 2015 Book Releases

October

Lots of different books coming out this month from debut novels to new novels from best selling authors! Here’s a list of just a few!

Carry On

Carry On, Rainbow Rowell

From New York Times best selling author, Rainbow Rowell, comes a story of love, magic, and monsters. Simon Snow is in his last year at Watford School of Magicks and things are insane! From break-ups to no-show nemesis, it’s definitely going to be an interesting year.

Release Date: October 6, 2015

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The House, Christina Lauren

Gavin and Delilah are in love and can’t stay away from each other, but at what cost does that love come? From New York Times bestselling authors Christina Lauren (Christina Hobbs and Lauren Billings) comes a spooky new novel that shows the test of being together.

Release Date: October 6, 2015

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A Thousand Nights, E.K. Johnston

A Thousand Nights tells the story of a monstrous king who, it turns out, wasn’t always such a monster. Lo-Melkiin has killed hundreds of girls and when he arrives in the girl’s village and takes her (in her sister’s place) there is no doubt in her mind that she will soon be another of his victims. But over time she discovers that there may actually be a way to save the king from himself by using her own magic that grows more powerful each day.

Release Date: October 6, 2015

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Signs Point to yes

Signs Point to Yes, Sandy Hall

Jane’s babysitting her crush’s siblings, Teo (Jane’s crush) is searching for his birth father, Ravi (Teo’s best friend) hates Jane, and Margo (Jane’s sister) is waiting to come as bisexual. Everyone has secrets, but this summer might just end up being one of answers.

Release Date: October 20, 2015

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My Secret to Tell, Natalie D. Richards

“You can’t always trust the boy next door.”

Deacon is Emmie’s best friend’s brother and right now he’s being accused of assaulting his father. But Emmie knows the truth and you know what they say about the truth, it can mean trusting a killer.

Release Date: October 6, 2015

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First and Then

First & Then, Emma Mills

In this novel about unexpected love and family, Davon Tennyson must learn to deal after her life is turned upside down by the sudden appearance of Foster, her cousin, and Ezra, a jock from school, in her life. Everything had been perfect before, but suddenly these two are everywhere and Devon must figure out what to do now that her life is a bit more unexpected.

Release Date: October 13, 2015

Preorder First & Then on Amazon


We’ll Never Be Apart, Emiko Jean

The debut novel from Emiko Jean, We’ll Never Be Apart is the about Alice Monroe, a seventeen-year-old girl who has been committed to a mental ward after her boyfriend was killed in a fire. A fire set by Cellie, Alice’s twin sister. Written as a journal, We’ll Never Be Apart is about confronting the truth and learning how to trust oneself.

Release Date: October 6, 2015

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The Ordinary Life, Jennifer Walkup

All Jasmine wants is an ordinary life. One where her mother isn’t an alcoholic and her brother her isn’t sick, but that’s not her life. Instead, she’s left to pick up the pieces of all the things falling apart around her. But maybe, just maybe, Wes, the new boy Jasmine meets, can help. That is, if she can realize she can’t control everything and learn to live her life as best as she can.

Release Date: October 1, 2015

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Dreamstrider, Lindsay Smith

When the Barstadt Empire is threatening by something that could destroy both the dreaming and waking worlds, it is up to Livia to use her talents as a dreamstrider to stop it. With her partner, Brandt, pulling away and the arrival of fellow spy, Marez, the stakes are high in the fantasy novel about espionage and politics.

Release Date: October 6, 2015

Preorder Dreamstrider on Amazon


An Inheritance of Ashes

An Inheritance of Ashes, Leah Bobet

Sixteen-year-old Hallie’s heard many rumors about the war and the monsters that fight in it, but little does she know that the war is about to come home to her very own doorstep. Secrets are unveiled and risks taken while Hallie realizes she may actually be the biggest threat of them all.

Release Date: October 6, 2015

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Spinning Starlight, R.C. Lewis

When a group of men show up at her house and start firing shots, sixteen-year-old heiress, Liddi, must do what she can to escape. While she manages to get out, all of her brothers are captured and it is up to Liddi to rescue them. R.C. Lewis’ novel is an interplanetary retelling of Hans Christian Andersen’s classic tale, The Wild Swans.

Release Date: October 6, 2015

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The Masked Truth, Kelley Armstrong

Kelley Armstrong’s new novel brings together two teens suffering in their own way. One is haunted by an old memory while the other is tormented by a recent diagnosis. Both of them are about to have their lives altered in a way they never could have imagined when a group of men arrive at their therapy camp and take them, and five other teens, hostage.

Release Date: October 13, 2015

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Lots of interesting books coming out this month! A lot of them actually sound pretty similar, but that isn’t going to stop me from reading a bunch of them one day.

Starting these lists was such a bad idea because all it’s really doing is adding more books to my ‘To Read’ list.

Are you going to read any of these?

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Poem of the Month – “Shipwreck”

“Shipwreck”

Like a shipwreck out at sea
You continually dive down to the depths of the ocean to search
the wreckage
But darling when will you realise there are no survivors?
– be-fearless-brave-and-kind

Ellie (be-fearless-brave-and-kind) is a 22yr old poet from England.

You can find more of her amazing work on her Tumblr and while there you can also find a link to buy her book!

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October Announcements

October

Alright, so I am making this post because October is going to be a crazy busy month for me and I am so excited!

First, I will be going to Torcon which is the Supernatural convention in Toronto! I will be blogging about my weekend on jcarsonreviews and I am incredibly excited about this. I love Supernatural, I’ve gone to the convention for the past couple years, but only for one day so this will be my first time going for the whole weekend.

If you or anyone you know is going, let me know because that would be amazing!

More on the topic of Supernatural. Season eleven premiers on the seventh of October and I will be starting to review the show and I am definitely looking forward to it. I’ve been really invested in the show since high school so it’s going to be great getting to share what I think of each episode with so many other people.

Superanatural

Finally, the last Supernatural related thing and something I am really excited about is that I will be reaching the one hundredth chapter in my Supernatural fanfiction! 100 chapters!

This is the longest fic I’ve written thus far and I am so incredibly happy with it. To celebrate, I will be counting down my top eleven (because they’re on season eleven) favourite episodes of the show over on jcarsonreviews!

But that’s not the only countdown I’ll be doing next month! Starting on the first, over on jcarsonreviews (it’s a really busy month over there), I’ll be counting down my top ten favourite episodes of The Walking Dead. This is all leading up to the season six premier (which I will be reviewing) on the eleventh!

The Walking Dead

Now The Walking Dead returning may not seem like announcement worthy stuff, but I have literally been on the edge of my seat waiting for season six so it has to be celebrated!

Also! The Amazing Book Is Not On Fire is coming out next month! What is TABINOF? It’s the book written by the one and only Dan and Phil! Dan and Phil are two Youtubers (you can find them on danisnotonfire and AmazingPhil respectively) I have been watching since I was in high school. I am a major fan of both of them and they’ve actually been a huge inspiration in a lot of the things I do.

TABINOF

I think the only other time I was this excited for a book was when Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows was being released. I remember exactly where I was and what time it was when Dan and Phil released the trailer announcing their book. I got home a couple hours later and preordered my copy online.

Now, after months of waiting, it’s almost here. I will definitely be talking about this book on this blog, probably multiple times because I’m so excited for it and I’m so proud of Dan and Phil for writing it and everything else they’ve done.

All these things are so very exciting! And while majority of the things on this blog will be remaining the same, all these things did have particular influence over one weekly thing I do: Names of the Week.

This month the names will be those of Youtubers, characters from The Walking Dead, and actors/characters from Supernatural. Normally I only post five names each week, but October knows no bounds and some weeks there’s definitely more than five names.

So much is happening in October! When filling out my calendar and writing my lists of things to do, it looks slightly intimidating and yet also exhilarating. While it looks like a lot of work, it’s writing and it’s writing about things I love so I can’t wait for October to get here so I can celebrate all these amazing things with all of you!

Thank you so much for sticking with me so far and I look forward to celebrating what definitely looks to be a wonderful October with you!

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