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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On Finding the Story (Hopefully)

Once again I’m staring at the screen wondering what I should write about for today’s post.

It happens every time I go to write a piece of non-fiction. Sure, I’m killer when it comes to keeping a diary (I need a new one every few months or so), but when I’m expected to share something online, I freeze up. Suddenly, everything I have to say seems unimportant or uninteresting. I’m one voice screaming in a crowd of millions; my words get buried by #hiddleswift and “Can we guess your non-negotiable apartment amenity?

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How to Work With Voice Talent

As a budding writer thrown into the tornado that is the advertising industry, I’ve had to learn the ropes fast on what it means to be a copywriter. If you’re in a small agency like me, you’ll probably be doing more (WAY MORE) than just writing—and no, unfortunately you won’t get to play foosball with your friends during lunch (damn you, big fancy agencies with your fancy cafeterias and fancy creative workspaces!)

One of these duties that I (and perhaps you) have had to learn quickly was the art of voice casting.

The relationship between a copywriter and voice actor is a delicate one, and over the past few months I’ve learned what to do and what not to do when you’re about to send a flood of casting emails to talent. 

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On Orlando

On behalf of all the staff at Pudding Shot, our hearts go out to all those affected by the outrageous atrocity at Orlando’s Pulse Nightclub this Sunday. Today, Pudding Shot will save its scheduled post and be silent in memorial of those who lost their lives in the attack and out of respect for their families and friends, the survivors, and the LGBTQ community and Orlando community at large as they grieve and heal.

The highest calling of literature is to teach and share our humanity, and one of its greatest lessons is the enduring power of love. Please consider making a donation to this GoFundMe drive organized by Equality Florida Action, Inc., a 501(c)(4) civil rights organization that advocates for Florida’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community, on behalf of the victims of the shooting. All funds raised through this page will go directly to the victims and their families, and Equality Florida is working with other local and national organizations to ensure the money is distributed properly.

If you are local to Florida, please also consider donating to one of the many blood drives going on across the state. Blood donations are sorely needed for the injured. According to oneblood.org, the surrounding community’s immediate and remarkable response quickly filled the blood centers to capacity on Sunday. However, the organization encourages people to continue donating in the coming days to maintain a ready supply.

Love overcomes. Some will try to erase the LGBTQ community from this tragedy; some will try to inspire further hatred by blaming a group for the actions of one; some will try to excuse or mitigate the magnitude or availability of the violence. We must not forget, and we must stand together and support each other to make our country improve.

Thank you for reading, and thank you for any help you can give. Pudding Shot will resume its posting schedule on Wednesday with today’s intended content.

A Comedy of Ravens in Three Acts: The Maggie Stiefvater Experience

A Comedy of Ravens in Three Acts: The Maggie Stiefvater Experience

Three Pudding Shot authors attended author events on Maggie Stiefvater’s book tour promoting the release of the The Raven King, the final book in her acclaimed YA fantasy series, The Raven Cycle. These are their perspectives on the event and author as readers, fans, and writers.


I consider myself a Maggie Stiefvater hipster. I’ve been reading her books since high school, when I first put pen to paper on my werewolf novel (and also in the days where the fact that I was writing such a thing was hugely embarrassing to me). I read Shiver as a guilty pleasure, dropped it in the bathtub, and had to pay the library back for it. Somewhere in this process, I realized that there was no need to feel guilty—Maggie does emotional shifts and atmosphere like nobody else, and I knew there was a lot I could learn from her.

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Konmari-ing My Way Through My Closet

Konmari-ing My Way Through My Closet

Marie Kondo’s famous “KonMari” method in her best-selling book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, is a catch-all way of decluttering not only one’s closet but also one’s life. It can be used for any category of “stuff,” whether it’s clothes, books, kitchenware, or your extensive collection of garden gnomes.

And it really works. By goodness, does it work. And that’s why I want to share my story, to prove to you that the “KonMari” method has truly saved my closet.

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