Boring is the New Scary

boredThis month, we’re talking about what scares us. I grew up reading whatever the adults around me laid down, and my mom was a horror buff. Stephen King, Dean Koontz, Peter Straub. The Good stuff. (Horror shout-out: Anyone else reading Doctor Sleep this month?)

Who’s a scaredy-cat? This girl.

I was never the kid not scared of anything. I was prone to night terrors and listening in the dark, long after everyone else went to bed, for creaks and whispers. Which, actually, was more of a heaping dollop of anxiety than fear.

As I got older, the things keeping me up at night stopped being faceless monsters and turned into worries like, Do we have enough in savings if something terrible happened? or How would I raise the kids alone if my husband had an accident? Scary, grown-up stuff.

What if nothing happens?

Then, after some soul-searching and crazy living, I realized my own deepest fear was being mundane. What if I never do anything magnificent? What if I never get to stand at some random podium and thank the people in my life because everyone else in the room is applauding me? Are there awards for being really good at assisting in the creation of 2nd grade science projects? I just can’t imagine that fitting on a trophy.

Am I being a total drag and ruining good-time, scary month for everyone else?

At some point, I realized the monsters are actually people and the enemy is time and maybe-tomorrow. Thing is, I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one. I have a sneaking suspicion that tons of people feel this way. They see time slipping by as nothing great happens. They wonder if they’re up to the task of… an interesting life.

Don’t get me wrong–I wouldn’t trade my kids, or my husband, or worrying about which laundry detergent gives me the best value for the world. Not even for a room full of strangers tossing roses at my feet.

It’s just… these are the things that keep me up at night. And so, I’ll read about a spunky heroine rebelling against societal norms or a recovering alcoholic defying the supernatural for a second chance at life. Because those stories, those endings and victories, make me believe.  My day will come.

How about you?

Sure, the zombie apocalypse if crazy scary, but what every day concern scares you? Don’t forget, one winner will be chosen at random this month from all the comments to win an e-copy of Sutton Fox‘s romantic suspense, Beyond the Winner’s Circle plus a $10 Amazon Gift Card!

About Lori Sizemore

Lover of nail polish, pens, her Kindle, and fresh coffee. She likes romance filled with messy, real characters and lots of snarky banter. Reading was (and still is!) her BFF; when she discovered writing she fell in love. Come for the snark. Stay for the story.

Who do you want to be for Halloween?

SANYO DIGITAL CAMERAMy son is five, and he is pumped about Halloween coming up. We bought his Batman costume last week, and he has worn it so much that it already has signs of a hole in the knee.

While I’m not a big fan of scary movies or haunted houses, I can totally relate to why my son is excited about Halloween. First of all, who doesn’t love Halloween candy? But Halloween also gives kids permission to pretend to be someone else. When he’s in his Batman costume, he’s not the quiet little kid who has a bunch of adults lovingly telling him what to do all day. He’s a crime fighting superhero who gets to drive around in the Batmobile.

Isn’t this the same reason we love fiction? We get to take a break from our demanding jobs and busy lives to be someone else. Books let us travel to new places and meet new kinds of characters. Reading lets us dare to jump into experiences or situations different from our everyday lives.

So I’m allowing my little guy to wear holes in his $20 costume and enjoy what it feels like to explore a new world different from his own.

Do you like Halloween? Do you or your kids/grandkids dress up for Halloween?

Congrats to DeAnna for winning our $10 Amazon gift card for September commenters!

About Beth Rhodes

Beth jumps into life with both feet...or head first. Impulsive and spontaneous to a T, she joined Passionate Critters and never looked back. She loves writing and reading, which made this wonderful group of woman a perfect match for her.

Welcome To A Month Of Thrills and Chills!

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It’s the month of October here at Through Heart-Shaped Glasses and our theme for this month is Scare Me! Have you ever wondered what might scare a romance writer? Or do romance writers prefer to do the scaring? Hang out with us this month and find out. There’s a lot going on.

Check back often to catch blog posts from our  regular cast of writers, plus we’ve got guest blogs by Becky Lower on October 15th and by Ally Broadfield on October 30th.

And this month one winner will be chosen at random from all the comments to win an ecopy of my romantic suspense, Beyond the Winner’s Circle plus a $10 Amazon Gift Card!

We’re looking forward to a month of scary fun around here…please join us!

About Beth Rhodes

Beth jumps into life with both feet...or head first. Impulsive and spontaneous to a T, she joined Passionate Critters and never looked back. She loves writing and reading, which made this wonderful group of woman a perfect match for her.

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