Our Silence

Hello again, Pudding Shot readers,

You may have noticed that we haven’t posted anything this week. The truth is that, while we are not a blog that focuses on the political realm, many of our writers have needed to take time out to process the results of the US election, and figure out how we want to move forward in the coming years. We’ve been spending extra time with friends and family, having long and sometimes difficult conversations, making phone calls and sending letters, and trying to find joy in the smallest of things. While Pudding Shot is very important to all of us, we felt that a week away would enable us to come back with everything we have, instead of hastily posting articles that our hearts weren’t really in.

No matter what your political affiliation is, we’re sending you some Pudding Shot love, and hope you’ll be back with us in a few weeks.

Go Vote!

Hey Pudding Shot readers,

Today’s post is just a quick message to encourage all American citizens among you to get out there and VOTE. It’s one of our most important rights as human beings, not just Americans, and it’s completely up to us to decide the results of this tumultuous election. Let’s make it count.

Sending love and strength to each one of you.

Sincerely,

-The Pudding Shot Staff

Fan’s Party Planner: Autumn Writer’s Tea

Fan’s Party Planner: Autumn Writer’s Tea

The guides in my Fan’s Party Planner series usually focus on a particular story from books or other media, but this planner will offer tips and ideas for hosting a party to celebrate and inspire the people who make those stories happen. “Write-ins” are a beloved tradition at Pudding Shot, when we gather with our journals and laptops and manuscripts to write, edit, outline, revise, and brainstorm in good company. These cozy events are great ways to get feedback on projects, meet other writers, and add some exciting variety to an otherwise solitary vocation. I especially look forward to them in autumn, when the changing world inspires us to create and the cool, cloudy days invite us to curl up inside with warm mugs and pen and paper. November is also National Novel Writing Month, so now is a great time for writers and readers to celebrate the hard work of writing and storytelling and offer some moral support to our friends pursuing the NaNoWriMo challenge.

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NaNoWriMo: Tips and Tricks for Staying Alive and Typing

Completely unbelievably, this is my eighth year participating in the slightly horrifying, always interesting, yearly tradition known as National Novel Writing Month. For my first three years, I took the challenge very seriously and hit 50,000 words every November; after that, I felt I’d learned what NaNo was meant to teach me and became what is known as a “rebel” by setting my own goals. If you think you might be interested in writing a novel this month, here are some tips and tricks I’ve learned over the years.

  1. Make a pact with yourself to not care about the quality of your novel.

This is the most important rule. NaNoWriMo invariably produces messy first drafts, not pristine manuscripts ready to be sent off to agents, and that’s why I always recommend this challenge to friends who are having trouble getting past their inner editors. If you’ve never finished a novel before, finishing NaNoWriMo will prove to you that you can do it, which is invaluable knowledge for anyone with bookish ambitions. It will also prove to you that writing is a process, and Stage One of that process is going to be (as mentioned) slightly horrifying.

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The Quick-and-Easy Harry Potter Party

By Sam F.

This weekend, I put Dana’s post to the test with a Harry Potter-themed birthday extravaganza, a party that was long overdue for a New York apartment named Malfoy Manor. While Dana’s party sounds incredible, it’s also impossible to pull off for three twenty-somethings on a budget who only have one short week to plan. So we did the knock-off version. The Pigfarts version, if you will.

With Halloween approaching, it was easy to find decorations at our local dollar store (as well as our beloved fruit stand, where we picked up pumpkins and decorative gourds). For less than our average Seamless order, we found cauldrons, cobwebs, streamers and cups, candles, balloons, a Sorting Hat, and a window marker for writing ominous messages about the Chamber of Secrets. We also splurged on this:

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9 Tips for a Very Spooky Halloween

9 Tips for a Very Spooky Halloween

Approximately one out of every seven Halloweens falls on that worst day of all: Monday. There is no joy to Monday. It is the inherent opposite of fun. Monday stymies spooky energy and shackles the spine-chilling Halloween winds. Our great nation has faced many trials, but Halloween on a Monday might be our direst hour.

But like a shining jack-o-lantern in the darkness, I am here to bring you a number of tips to make every waking moment of your Halloween Monday as spooktacular as possible. Think of these as Microspooks.

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Getting the Most Out of Your Library: Young Adult Edition

Libraries are wonderful places. They are cornerstones of the community, they provide open-access sources of information and education, and they are full of books. (I repeat, full of books.) Though I think most people my age already know that they can borrow those books and often DVDs, CDs, audiobooks, or even video games from libraries, I have gotten the impression that we often don’t take full advantage of everything the library offers because we feel its services are not meant for us.

Obviously, story time and summer reading are for kids, tutoring and teen centers are for teens, and parenting classes are for parents. But libraries have begun reaching out to young adults by modernizing traditional resources and developing new, creative events that you probably wouldn’t expect. If you’re a literary-oriented, still-learning new grown-up like me, here are some popular library programs worth checking out (pun intended).

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