spooky woodlandsHalloween stories are all I can think of at the moment. To say I am obsessed might not be an exaggeration because at the moment I go asleep thinking about the return of the dead and I wake up thinking about restless souls.

You see with Halloween in the air I have set myself a deadline for getting two stories ready to publish to Kindle in time for Halloween and I’m already struggling.

One of the stories I am working on is a children’s story called ‘The Real Halloween.’ This was originally broadcast on RTE Radio One under the title ‘Dancer’s Well.’

Writing radio stories is quite different to writing for readers. I knew I had some work to do to adapt this story for the written format but I underestimated how much.


Adapting the story for Kindle doesn’t mean that I hacked away at the dialogue or reduced the description but it allowed me to introduce some new developments and since the story is no longer limited by the strict time frame imposed by radio I found some room for expansion. Maybe a bit too much room given that Halloween is getting scarily close.


You see I forgot that when you return to a story after a long time you find yourself noticing potential for more than just adaptation; you also see lots of opportunities to explore some new twists and turns.  I wish I could resist these but I just can’t.  It’s getting closer and closer to Halloween and the writing demon has got me firmly in it’s grip.

The other story is completely new and is called ‘The Witch of Ballyyahoo.’  I more or less finished it at the end of August but decided to let it ‘brew’ for a while and as usual the brewing process threw up some more ideas for development.

In the last few days I have added another character, another location, another twist, more potential for related stories and an extra three thousand words that all need to go through the editing and proofing process – all before the fast approaching deadline for Halloween stories.

Of course to complicate matters further both these stories are part of my ‘Another Little Book From Ballyyahoo’ Series and I had hoped to have finished my new Ballyyahoo website before the stories were ready so that they could all link in.

So far I have bought the domain, got the hosting sorted out, installed WordPress and added a theme, I’ve even got some pages and posts written and images prepared. It’s almost ready to go! Almost!

Almost isn’t good enough. This six-letter word means the difference between meeting my deadline and not meeting my deadline! The Ballyyahoo site is still sadly empty.

Not meeting my schedules and deadlines means doing battle with another demon – my own personal guilt demon. I’ve haven’t a hope in hell of winning against the guilt demon so I am writing all the time

Anyway who needs clean dishes, clothes and hair when you can just as easy write in pyjamas, eat from paper plates and let your hair clean itself?

So to hell with the demons my Halloween stories are on the way…

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  1. Joon October 17, 2013 at 9:48 pm #

    All sounds scary to me …. Looking forward to reading them first before I pass them over to Izzy Joe lils and Betsy. Come on hurry along now

    • Grace October 18, 2013 at 2:54 pm #

      Hi June, thanks for coming over. I am now finished both stories and have one back from the editor and one to come. The images are done too, just finalising the covers – nearly, nearly there! I can’t wait to hear what you and Izzy, Joe, Lils and Betsy think!

  2. Grace October 20, 2013 at 8:56 pm #

    Hi Wendy, thanks for dropping over. The main thing for me is that it doesn’t feel like hard work when I am writing, as I am enjoying it so much. Time pressure is not so much fun though.
    My favourite tips are here, but I think the most important thing is to always write regularly – make an appointment with yourself and keep it – honour yourself!

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