“OMGs Look at them! They’re like if a pumpkin and a rosebush had a baby!” I shout in delight as we walk up to the Trader Joe’s in the fading light of day.
A cool breeze dances through the floral offerings in front of the grocer, making it finally feel like autumn.
I turn to my husband. “They’re the littlest pumpkins ever. I wants them.”
He gives me this slightly skeptical look of “really?”
“Cats can eat pumpkins. I watched like half a dozen reels of big cats devouring pumpkins just today,” I put forth as evidence as to why he should totally get them for me.
Now, it’s not that my husband refuses to buy me flowers. It’s that when we first started dating he bought me a bouquet of my least favorite. Carnations. In my second least favorite color. Orange. And then our two cats at the time climbed up onto my desk, broke the vase, ruined my art, and devoured them.
So…having cats, you have to be choosy about what you bring into the house. It can’t be too tempting. Or poisonous.
Fortunately, this adorable pumpkin tree is a member of the squash fam and thus okay should Akami decide to be a naughty little kitty.
In the end, I got a pumpkin tree bouquet for our anniversary which is on the 28th and…
It’s National Pumpkin Day, Reader! At least here in the States.
Anyways, as you may remember from the last Quest, we were talking about Gothic Fiction. Well, we’re going to be continuing that with…
A few notable facts about Gothic Fiction:
And as we wrap up spooky month you might be wondering, how would you write your own Gothic Fiction?
The 5 Elements You Need to Write Your Own Gothic Fiction Story
The Legendary Character needs to commit a transgression by crossing a dangerous or taboo boundary in order to reclaim what they’ve lost. Often with horrific or violent consequences to themselves, others, or their surroundings.
Gothic Fiction is about family in some way. Whether it’s about the Legendary Character’s tragic past or tragic present, family secrets, blood lineage, or the person they’re destined to marry.
The Tragic Backstory
No one in Gothic Fiction has a happy backstory. Every Legendary Character in a Gothic story already starts out in a state of wanting to return to a time in the past when things were better for them, personally.
Secret Oaths and Forbidden Knowledge
Your Legendary Character needs to already have or obtain some (usually occult) forbidden knowledge during the course of the story. This is usually the transgression they commit or at least leads to it.
Everything from ghosts to Cthulhu is fair game. The occult, prophesies, curses, vampires, etc. Pretty much anything that isn’t from the natural world as we know it is up for grabs.
Your cohort in storytelling,
PS 👉 Though it’s not Gothic Fiction, I’ve written a Halloween-themed short story for my fiction subscribers that features October and Kole, the two Legendary Characters from my Gothic Fiction story I’ll be doing for NaNoWriMo this year.
Trick or Treat
Is a little romance brewing this All Hallows’ Eve for October?
October is beyond done with all the rotten tricks that have been dumped on his doorstep lately. He’s determined to make it to the city and treat himself to his favorite band. Too bad his little sister’s Halloween hijinx are about to ruin his musical evening.
But when a mysterious Nordic stranger sweeps onto the scene, Tobie begins to question whether he’s being tricked…or treated.
Tobie and Kole are back for a spooktacular new holiday story in this Alternative Universe (AU) of an upcoming Boys Love release.
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