Tuesday, October 8, 2019

5 Reasons Why I Hate My Favorite Month @ElsaKurt #RomanceGems

You may have read that and thought... wait, what?

I know but bear with me. October is my favorite month... and the one I dread most. It's my birth month, so YAY! I'm cool with birthdays - this year I'll be forty-eight - even when it means the "Big 5-0" is ever closer. Life's good, I'm feeling pretty all right (aside from the usual aches and pains). I'm not happy with my weight, but it's within my control to do something about it, so I'd say I'm fortunate. 

Plus, October is beautiful in my neck of the Universe (New England)... the leaves, the air, the *gasp, pumpkin spice everything, cozy sweaters, and fairs. Who wouldn't love all that? And what's my heckin' problem, man?

It's THIS...

That Stuff.

Which brings me to the first reason I hate my favorite month.

Number One: I. Hate. Getting. Scared. That I even searched and posted the above GIF is shocking. Now, I try not to be that guy who blames their mother for their problems, but... this is TOTALLY my mother's fault. She loves scary movies. For as far back as I can remember, she watched them. On the highest volume. While I tried to sleep. We lived in a nine-hundred square foot apartment back then, people. There was no escaping the blood-curdling screams, demonic voices, or ominous music. I used to set all my stuffed animals and dolls around my bed for "protection"... until I had to make a bathroom visit and saw that damn Raggedy Ann doll in Amityville Horror. 

Number Two: As you can now guess... Halloween. I have an older brother, folks. It goes without saying (but I'll say it) big bro loved to scare the bejesus out of me. He once told me he saw the devil sitting in our great-grandmother's chair at our grandparent's house. I couldn't pass by the dining room without assistance for ten years. Ten years. So, it's a given that Halloween equaled double the terror time in our house. I can't recall a single costume he wore. Not a one. I think they call that selective memory? Or maybe repressed trauma?

Number Three: The aforementioned costumes. Ugh. Costumes. I'd rather see fifty sexy nurse costumes than one Jason, Freddy, Chainsaw Massacre, or the worst of all: IT mask. Yes, I have a clown phobia. And balloons. And food touching my lower lip. But I digress. Those bleepin' masks. I. Can't. Take it.

Number Four: Birthday parties. I know, I know. I said I like birthdays. But I don't like birthday parties for me. Dude, that is an introvert's idea of hell.

Number Five: I always get sick. Yep, my normally fabtastic immune system says, oh, I think it's time for the cold from hell. Or, hey, maybe a little pneumonia might be fun! Maybe it has something to do with all those other dramas I mentioned?
Whatever the reason, I'm doubling up on Vitamin C and elderberry syrup. You're not getting me this year, nasty virus buggies.

So, to all you Halloween lovers...

I envy you. It must be so nice to not feel dread or burst out in hives at the thought of jack-o'-lanterns and packages of cotton cobwebs with little black spiders. But I want you to know, I'm putting on my big girl pants and toughening up for the sake of the crowd this year. I'm even going to - again, *gasp - wear a costume this year at the 2019 Fall in Love With New England Romance conference. I'm even -get this- excited about it! It'll be a surprise, so you'll have to wait to see what  I went as after the 19th.

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  1. I don't like scary movies either. And I did't have a mom who loved them or an older brother to scare me. I'd much prefer romance! And while I loved making costumes and helping my kids get dressed up for Halloween, I'm not a fan of dressing up myself. Though I will have a costume for Fall In Love With New England! Nothing scary though!

  2. I don't like being scared, either. Living in the country where Trick or Treaters don't venture means I can ignore all the scary parts of October and just enjoy the good ones. Happy birthday!

  3. I hate scary movies. I went to see Candyman in the theaters when I was 17, and I spent the entire movie with my eyes closed and my hands over my ears. The sounds are the worst. I'm sorry your favorite month comes with the scary stuff. I'm jealous you get to see all the colors! We don't get much of that in Texas.

  4. I don't mind being scared as long as the movie has a happy ending. And I LOVE dressing up, but rarely have a good party or excuse to do so. I think that's one of the reasons why I'm looking forward to FILWNE so much.

  5. I do not ever watch scary movies! My dreams need boo help at all!

  6. So not a fan of scary movies or anything scary really but I simply adore Halloween! A bit of a paradox but I’m a woman so I’m allowed to be complicated­čść I’m all for costumes too and Fall is one of my favourite seasons here on Vancouver Island. I have been to the East Coast during the fall and it is pretty spectacular as well. Have fun at your conference and Happy Birthday!

  7. Let me try this comment again. I don't like scary movies either, but I really hate movies where women and children are victims—in excruciating detail. Happy Birthday in advance, Elsa. Every year is a great year so enjoy.

  8. I don't like scary movies but I do like the Alfred HItchcock suspenseful stuff. One of the best old movies is Arsenic and Old Lace with Cary Grant. Fantastic movie
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  9. Congrats (and my apologies for the delay!!!) to Suzannah Clark! Check your email for your download & thank you for participating. PS- Cary Grant is my all time favorite & often-times muse for writing!


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