The best non-Halloween Halloween movies


I really like Halloween.  When I was a kid, I didn’t like candy, but I loved getting dressed up and trick-or-treating.  I love the costumes and the details.  However, I am not a fan of Halloween movies.  Everyone I know has one (or in the case of my brother, tons) of Halloween movies that they can watch again and again.  With the exception of Young Frankenstein, I’ve never really had a Halloween movie.  So today I am writing about alternative Halloween movies.  Movies that showcase some kind of change, but without the Halloween aspect.

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My favorite bar trivia team names that I’ve heard


  • Beer Me Up Scottie – Yes, I’m a nerd.
  • Spellcheck is My Enema – Yes, I’m a nerd who loves puns.
  • Ale to the Chief – And a presidential nerd.
  • Stephen Hawking’s School of Dance – I might be an awful person too.
  • Brew’s On First – Can you really go wrong with beer meets Abbott and Costello?
  • The Beer Necessities – Okay, my dad is REALLY good at punny team names.
  • Trump/Palin 2016 – Because SOMEONE has to bring up my worst nightmare.
  • Anne Frank’s Hide and Seek – Again, I am a terrible person.
  • We’re Not Ashamed of What I Did for a Klondike Bar – But I am.
  • You’re a Quizzard, Harry – Because Harry Potter references ALWAYS win.

Have you heard any good team names lately?  What would you name your team?  (Yes, this is a copout blog, but there are some major Harry Potter fesitivities happening in a few days.  I’ll blog about them.

My advice for people who have a full-time job and still want to do #NaNoWriMo



I’ve participated in (and won) NaNoWriMo four times.  In fact, I’m working on self-publishing one of those novels right now.  The past two NaNos, I’ve been working a full-time teaching job while trying to complete the challenge.  It is stressful and crazy and hard, but it’s also one of the most rewarding things I’ve ever done.  Below the cut is my advice to anyone wanting to be a NaNoWriMo superstar while working a full-time job.

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My top 3 summer/fall YA reads

I know I’m an adult, but I read a lot of YA fiction (even if I didn’t enjoy them, I’d try to keep up with them.  I’m a teacher, and I like being able to talk to my students about reading).  The book box I get (Uppercase) sends out new YA books every month.  So far, I’ve loved them all, but here are my top 3.

  1. My Lady Jane by Brodi Ashton, Cynthia Hand, and Jodi Meadows


This book was a delight.  Historical, hysterical, magical (sorry, I couldn’t think of another h word).  A consuming and fun read.  I can’t wait to go back for more.

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