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October Wrap Up & Preparing For NaNoWriMo

 

October Wrap Up/ Halloween Read-a-thon

 

If you’re interested in checking out my Halloween Read-A-Thon post, click here.

 

Dearly Departed by Rachael Rawlings- 4/5 Stars. This is an amazing story but it’s a bit slow moving until the final chapter. I felt like Eli/Thomas was only in love with Thea because he felt like he owed her something. I would have loved to see more romance between the two. Rawlings, however, does set this up for the sequel pretty well. This did complete one of my Read-A-Thon challenges for the month of October, this was my read 7 books. First one off the list!

Dirty (Dive Bar Novel) by Kylie Scott- 3/5 Stars. Wasn’t the best, but it was a cute story. If you’re looking for a romance novel with tatted up guys, minimal sexy scenes (for this type of novel anyway), and a fast paced plot, this one is for you. This also completed two of my readathon challenges, reading 7 books and trick or treat which was a free pick from any genre.

The Engagement Plot by Krista Phillips-   I received this via Net Galley in exchange for an honest review. DNF. Great plot but the formatting on my kindle edition was horrible and I couldn’t stand to read past chapter 5 of this. I’m sure they have the kinks out of it by now, so if you’re into cutesy, romance novels, check this one out.

Top Ten by Katie Cotugno- 3/5 Stars I totally forgot this one was coming out in October! It fell very short for me though. Full review coming in two weeks.

Wytches Volume 1 by Scott Snyder- This was extremely creepy! Started it just in time for the week leading up to Halloween. Loved the art, but at times it was tough to follow who was walking and what was going on. Very dark art. I haven’t finished it, but thought it should be included since it was the only creepy thing I read during October.

 

 

 

Honorable Mention: I did start reading IT by Stephen King, this will be my first ever It_1990_Promotional_PosterStephen King book. Obviously, I didn’t finish it yet since it’s over 900 pages but IT’s okay so far. I wish it had the kids in it more like in the movies. Only 3% into IT so far. Loved the movie remake so much that I ended up naming the new kitten we rescued, Pennywise and I got this sick new tattoo…

 

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Halloween/Horror Movies I Watched in October

 

  • Stephen King’s It (Original)- Was not a fan of the original!
  • Hocus Pocus– A tradition for me, watch this movie as many times as possible in the month of October.
  • Tucker and Dale VS Evil– Another favorite of mine. A comedy horror about teenagers who keep killing themselves on a hillbilly’s property.
  • Sleepy Hollow- I’m a sucker for Johnny Depp Halloween movies. Plus, one of our cats is named Ichabod, so of course I had to watch this.
  • The Babysitter- This is a Netflix horror comedy with just enough gore and humor to make it onto my favorite movie list.
  • Friday the 13th (remake)- One of the very first horror movies I ever watched. I forgot half the plot line since I first saw it when it came out in 2009, so I jumped, many, many times.  
  • Corpse Bride- A classic that’s always on my list to watch. Sometimes you have to take a break from the gore and horror.
  • Don’t BreathThis had a great plot, but I found so many issues with it that I was kind of annoyed with the movie by the time the credits rolled. There were a few interests WTF moments though, and those almost made up for it.
  • Mama- When this movie first came out, I said I would NEVER watch it. It looked scary as hell! I ended up watching this one morning by myself (during daylight, it’s easier for me to watch horror movies) and I loved it. Not nearly as scary as I thought it would be, but the mama figure was one of the creepiest creatures I’ve ever seen in a horror movie.

 

 

National Novel Writing Month Preparations & Goals

 

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So since I published my first novel, I’m bound and determined to have my second one out by May next year. What does this mean? I have to finish the novel I’ve been working on during both Camp NaNo sessions this summer.

As of right now, I have 53,486 words written on this novel, so I’d like to write 22k more words in November to finish it up.

What I’m first going to do is go through and edit what I have the first week of NaNoWriMo. That way I know what I have to work with and I can get a refresher on my characters. Hopefully after some edits, I’ll have a bit more added into the story, sensory details and what not.

Then I’m going to finish the ending. I have most of it already written down in a notebook so as long as nothing major changes in the plot, I’ll be AOK.

I’m still working on the title. It’s currently called ‘On Lake Time’ which I think is super cheesy and I don’t like it at all. I feel like it’s too adult romance and I need something fun since it’s YA. The novel follows a girl who gets in trouble the last few weeks of her senior year at Catholic school, so her parents’ punishment is for her to go work all summer down at their lake house. She ends up meeting a family who shows her what love really is and she gets very close to their son, who is in a band. That’s about all I can say without spoiling anything. Any suggestions for a title? Leave them in a comment!

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Top 10 Horror Movies (that had me hiding under the covers)

I’ve ranked these on a scale of least scary (but still scary) to the one that literally still gives me nightmares. Happy Nightmares!

10. Krampus

I expected this one to be scarier than it was, it fell short on the terror due to the killer toys coming to life not being scary enough. They kind of had me giggling half the time. My parents, who are not into scary movies at all, actually watched this one. I am thankful to the directors for giving us horror movie lovers something creepy but seasonal to watch around Christmas.

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9. Trick R Treat

I was late in the game watching this one. Watched it for the first time last year and I was pleased. I remember growing up and seeing movie posters and thinking that this would be too scary to watch, but it wasn’t. I loved how we had different stories but they all connected with Sam in the end.

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8. You’re Next

I loved this one! I’ve seen it a handful of times and it always gets me. It’s a little on the gory side since the murders start off almost immediately. The only scene that really bothered me was the ‘clothes line’ scene. You’ll know what I’m talkin’ about when you see it…

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7. Get Out

This was probably the best horror movie I’ve watched since Cabin in the Woods, but it also fell short on the spooky vibes, thanks to the comedy. We need more comic relief in horror movies though! Loved the plot twist! This one is good for those of you who don’t like the blood and gore that comes with horror movies. It was kept to a minimum with this one.

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6. Cabin in the Woods

The guy in the GIF is what made this movie so awesome, aside from the weird plot twist. Now, you may think you’ve seen every ‘cabin in the woods’ movie out there, but this one is different. It has that feeling of your normal ‘campy’ horror but with a big twist. A company basically controls your moves if your life was a horror movie. Love the concept, great acting, but could have had a better ending.

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5. Texas Chainsaw 3D

I don’t like gore. I can’t even tell you if I’ve seen any other Texas Chainsaw movies (I’m that person that runs and screams from chainsaws in haunted houses). This one made the top five because of the twist at the end where the victim starts banning together with the villain.

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4. IT (2017)

Anyone else see the remake? I’m not sure if I liked it so much because I expected the worse due to the horrible original or if I actually really just enjoyed it. The child actors in this did an amazing job (especially Georgie and Richie, they were my favorite characters), Bill (IT) was fantastic making his version of Pennywise equally frightening and charming (before he bites your head off). I have a full review of the movie up on the blog. Perfect amount of humor in this one too. I can’t wait for the sequel!

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3. The Visit

This one… holy moly. M. Night Shyamalan is insane! At first I thought this was just a terrifying movie about grandparents losing their minds or being possessed while watching the grandkids. But then you find out what’s really happening. They’re really crazy, but they aren’t who they say they are!

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2. It Follows

I couldn’t sleep after watching this movie. Basically, a horror movie killer that can only be passed on via sexual contact. You can only get rid of it by having sex, if it kills you, it gets the person who gave it to you and so on. What. The. Hell?! There were many parts of this movie that I was covering my eyes in fear. You don’t know who it is that’s following you, it can be anyone. Imagine that! Creepy! Protection will now help in this case.

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  1. Sinister

The all time scariest movie I have ever seen. This one still freaks me out. I actually got the chance to meet the man who plays Mr. Boogie at Horror Hound Weekend in Indianapolis. Basically, Mr. Boogie possesses the youngest child in the family and the child kills everyone, recording the whole process on film. A man and his family move into a house where some of these murders have taken place and in the attic (of course the attic) he finds all the films. The sequel was okay, but not nearly as scary. If you want a reason to now sleep at night… here you go.

 

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September Wrap Up & October TBR

As you’ll notice in my blog by the lack of actual ‘book review’ posts during September and going into October, I’ve been going through a reading slump. I started three different books and only finished one.

I’d like to blame my book reading slump on the fact that my own novel release was taking up most of my time, but it wasn’t. I still had plenty of time to read, just couldn’t find the desire. Instead, I filled my time up with binge watching Bates Motel.

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September and October also hold the busiest months for me (on weekends) because I have a ton of birthdays in the family and all the haunted houses and Ren Fests that I want to attend. I do most of my reading on weekends, so, you can see the issue.

So, guess how many books I finished in September….

Zero.

Well, that’s a lie. I did read my own book because I was editing it before it was published. I don’t mean to toot my own horn, but I wrote some funny parts in my novel. It’s a cutesy summer YA read and if you like Jenny Han or Katie Cotugno, you might enjoy my novel. It comes out October 1st! I’ll probably have a page on my blog where you can order a signed copy from me, sooner or later.

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October TBR

 

For October, I decided to try and get in on a Halloween Read-a-Thon that Lauren @ Wonderless Reviews is doing. I’m hoping this will take out my reading slump for the month of October. We shall see! Lauren is also doing a giveaway, so go check out her post!

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So this is actually a erotica novel that I got for free and started in September but got distracted. It’s not creepy, but the cover does creep me out and the main male character isn’t human, I’m not sure what he is actually…

I guess I’ll find out…

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I don’t normally read scary books, so there’s nothing on my TBR in that genre that I’ve been putting off, but I might as well finish up books that I’ve started and try to get them off my reading list. This one will be a decent treat… if you know what I mean… haha!

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Of course I’m going to be watching scary movies this month! I also have a blog post coming up in October about my top favorite horror movies. I think I’m going to try and finish the original IT for this challenge, I only have about an hour left of it. We all know I’ll be watching the usual Tim Burton collection though!

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Easily done, the only time I really have time to read is after dark. I always read between 8pm-11pm. 🙂

 

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I guess you could say this book series is a bit paranormal…

Hoping to read all three, but we’ll see what happens.

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Meh, I don’t really have one that I’m interested in at the moment.

 

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Book two in the Nevermore series hopefully!

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Let’s do this!

 

 

Fall/Halloween/Spooky Books You Should Read

Anna Dressed In Blood by Kendare Blake

This duology is for those of you that are brave enough to sleep with the lights off after watching a scary movie. Don’t let the covers or YA genre fool you, this set is terrifying. One of my male friends even read it and said it scared him. Definitely check this one out if you’re looking for a creepy ghost story.

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Grave Reminders Series by Rachael Rawlings

Let me just say, I plan on doing a lot of marathon reading at the moment, and this series is one of those. Rawlings is a local author for a Kentucky publishing company and I’m excited to read these three. I did read the first chapter of the first book, and embarrassingly enough, I had to stop because the ghostly figure in the graveyard freaked me out (I was home alone at the time!)

Support local authors!

 

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Nevermore Series by Kelly Creagh

I haven’t finished this series yet, but during the months of September and October, I plan to marathon it. Kelly Creagh is (another) local author and her character, Varen, is every high school emo girls dream boy. I remember first reading Nevermore when I was in college and loving it. It has some ‘creepy’ vibes, but it’s not as terrifying as Anna Dressed in Blood was.

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The Raven Cycle Series by Maggie Stiefvater

Everyone has probably heard of this series, and though it’s not ‘spooky’ it does have some paranormal happenings going on. I haven’t read the final book yet, but I do plan on finishing it soon! If you creep through my blog, you’re bound to find the reviews for the first three novels.

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Halloween Book Tag

Guys! Halloween is almost here! It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Have you figured out what/who you’re going to be this Halloween? Let me know! I’m going to be a nurse from Silent Hill (I cosplayed it at a recent convention and everyone loved it. I took pictures with about 30 people!)

This week I’m doing the Halloween Book tag! As always, I wasn’t tagged by anyone and I’m tagging everyone who is reading this! I found the tag through this blogger!

1.) Favorite Scary (Must Read) For Halloween?

Anna Dressed in Blood is probably the scariest book I’ve read. I honestly can’t read too many scary books because they stick with me.

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2.) Scariest Book Cover, Like Ever?

I don’t even know, I don’t read horror too often, but the Miss. Peregrine books always kind of creeped me out. I have yet to read them though.

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3.) If You Could Go Trick-or-Treating With Any Author, Who Would You Pick?

Probably Lance Rubin, author of Denton Little’s Deathdate because he seems super cool and wrote a book about knowing when you’re going to die and I just want to chat about how awesome the cover is.

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4.) If You Could Dress Up As Any Bookish Character For Halloween, Who Would You Be?

Claire Fraser from Outlander, all of her dresses are so cool and I love her present day attire too!

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5.) If You Could Find Anything (From Any Book) In Your Trick-or-Treat Stash, What Would You Hope To Find?

Possibly money, what book possesses unlimited money so I can get out of debt?

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6.) In What Fictional World Would You Like To Go Trick-or-Treating?

The world of Harry Potter would probably have a really awesome Halloween! All of the strange wizard goodies you would receive!

7.) What Book Villain Would You Not Like To Meet Alone In A Dark Alley On Halloween?

President Snow from The Hunger Games possibly. I’m not fond of his personality.

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8.) Would You Rather Dress Up As A Vampire, Zombie, Werewolf, or Shadowhunter?

Vampire, hands down.

9.) Pick A Candy (Just One) From Harry Potter That You Would Love To Find In Your Stash?

Anything but the jelly beans! Gross! The chocolate frogs always looked yummy…as long as they don’t hop off…

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10.) What Is Your Favorite Halloween Candy?

KitKats or Milky Ways. I’m a chocolate addict.

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Halloween/Scary Movies to watch before October ends!

Halloween is upon us! Check out my movie recommendations, and yes, I have watched all these this month or plan on re-watching them!

Trick r’ Treat

Believe it or not, I just watched this movie for the first time the other day. I don’t think it was as good of a horror movie as it could have been, but there were some really good parts! It shares multiple stories in one movie about people going back on Halloween traditions and not respecting the holiday. You’ll see a ton of 90’s/00’s movie/tv stars you loved.

Scare factor: 7/10 For some frightening imagery and some gore.

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Sinister (1&2)

The first Sinister is probably the scariest movie I’ve ever watched. The first time, I didn’t get to sleep until 7 am the next morning because I was so afraid. I even names one of my cats after Mr. Boogie! He possesses children and they end up killing their family, they record the murders on 8mm film and replay them, all you hear in the background is the film spinning, no music. The second one isn’t as scary because you’re seeing it from the child’s POV and not the parents.

Scare factor: 10/10 I can’t re-watch the first one because it scared me so much.

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Cabin in the Woods

This movie is my favorite ‘cabin in the woods’ movie where, of course, a bunch of college kids head out to a cabin in the woods and hell is unleashed upon them. I like this movie because of the funny stoner that knows they shouldn’t be there doing the things they’re doing but no one listens to him. But wait! Ah, this cabin in the woods movie has a BIG  plot twist, and I think my other horror friends are going to love it if they give it a try!

Scare factor: 5/10 The humor and plot twist, makes this not so scary.

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Tucker & Dale VS Evil

My husband introduced me to this movie about two backwoods hillbillies who are minding their own business when a group of teens stumble upon their house. It’s more of a comedy than a scary movie, but it does have some gruesome scenes. This is a movie you can watch with the lights off and not worry about what goes bump in the night.

Scare factor: 4/10 only due to the gore.

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Frankenweenie (or any Tim Burton movie!)

Ah, I do enjoy The Nightmare Before Christmas and Corpse Bride, but Frankenweenie is probably my favorite Burton film about a wiener dog who dies and his owner brings him back to life. I love it because of the kooky kids in it and the black and white reminds me of the old horror movies. Yes, this movie is in all back and white and it came out a few years ago!

Scare factor: 1/10

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Hocus Pocus

What’s Halloween without your favorite Sanderson sisters? If you haven’t watched Hocus Pocus, who are you!? We can’t be friends! I’m not even going to explain why this movie is awesome. Just go watch it and enjoy!

Scare factor: 1/10

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Me with three awesome Sanderson sister cosplayers at a convention I recently went to!

Spooky Halloween Reads!

Even though I’m a huge fan of Halloween, I cannot read horror often! It scares the crap out of me. I can occasionally watch horror movies/shows, but reading is another story! Here’s a handful of the horror books I have read and actually enjoyed! Let me know if you’ve read any of these or what you recommend I read this Halloween!

 

 

Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake

Cas Lowood has inherited an unusual vocation: He kills the dead.

So did his father before him, until he was gruesomely murdered by a ghost he sought to kill. Now, armed with his father’s mysterious and deadly athame, Cas travels the country with his kitchen-witch mother and their spirit-sniffing cat. They follow legends and local lore, destroy the anna-dressed-in-bloodmurderous dead, and keep pesky things like the future and friends at bay.

Searching for a ghost the locals call Anna Dressed in Blood, Cas expects the usual: track, hunt, kill. What he finds instead is a girl entangled in curses and rage, a ghost like he’s never faced before. She still wears the dress she wore on the day of her brutal murder in 1958: once white, now stained red and dripping with blood. Since her death, Anna has killed any and every person who has dared to step into the deserted Victorian she used to call home.

Yet she spares Cas’s life.

Think Supernatural meets Ghost. This has a major creepy factor and there were times this book literally kept me up at night! If you like this one, there’s also a sequel!

 

 

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For We Are Many by Stuart Thaman

No one believes Fletcher Lee when he says he sees someone lurking in the shadows. Removed from his middle school for frightening the other children, 13 year old Fletcher is forced into psychotherapy where his visions are believed to be the result of a traumatic childhood experience. Pressured into reliving his worst nightmares, Fletcher’s torments grow until they can no longer be written off as mere hallucinations. When Fletcher’s state deteriorates to the point of causing harm to his psychologist, Dr.Kendrick turns away from conventional medicine and discovers a much more troubling, supernatural answer. Without enough time to rescue Fletcher, Dr. Kendrick must make a choice: is she strong enough to risk her soul to find him?

I recommend this book for anyone above the age of 16, the author (my husband) won’t even sell this book to anyone under that age when he goes to book conventions because of some of the content. If you’re into psychological thriller, horror, this is your book. If you’re interested in getting a signed copy, go to his website and order. There’s a sequel in the works!

For the whole month of October, you can find the kindle edition on Amazon for ONLY 99 cents! What a deal! 

 

You by Caroline Kepnes

When a beautiful, aspiring writer strides into the East Village bookstore where Joe Goldberg works, he does what anyone would do: he Googles the name on her credit card.41czqbs1jbl-_sx320_bo1204203200_

There is only one Guinevere Beck in New York City. She has a public Facebook account and Tweets incessantly, telling Joe everything he needs to know: she is simply Beck to her friends, she went to Brown University, she lives on Bank Street, and she’ll be at a bar in Brooklyn tonight—the perfect place for a “chance” meeting.

As Joe invisibly and obsessively takes control of Beck’s life, he orchestrates a series of events to ensure Beck finds herself in his waiting arms. Moving from stalker to boyfriend, Joe transforms himself into Beck’s perfect man, all while quietly removing the obstacles that stand in their way—even if it means murder.

This was one of the first non-YA books I’ve read and I was very pleased with it. It’s like a train-wreck, you want to stop reading because the way Joe is makes you terrified and worried about the characters future, but you also want to keep reading because Joe has a sort of addicting personality. This thriller shows us the other side of a stalker story.

 

 

Seconds by Bryan Lee O’Malley

Katie’s got it pretty good. She’s a talented young chef, she runs a successful restaurant, and she has big plans to open an even better one. Then, all at once, progress on the new location bogs down, her charming ex-boyfriend pops up, her fling with another chef goes sour, and her best waitress gets badly hurt. And just like that, Katie’s life goes from pretty good to not so much. What she needs is a second chance. Everybody deserves one, after all—but they don’t come easy. Luckily for Katie, a mysterious girl appsecondsears in the middle of the night with simple instructions for a do-it-yourself do-over:
 
1. Write your mistake
2. Ingest one mushroom
3. Go to sleep
4. Wake anew
 
And just like that, all the bad stuff never happened, and Katie is given another chance to get things right. She’s also got a dresser drawer full of magical mushrooms—and an irresistible urge to make her life not just good, but perfect. Too bad it’s against the rules. But Katie doesn’t care about the rules—and she’s about to discover the
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From the mind and pen behind the acclaimed Scott Pilgrim series comes a madcap new tale of existential angst, everyday obstacles, young love, and ancient spirits that’s sharp-witted and tenderhearted, whimsical and wise.

This graphic novel isn’t scary, but it does have a mysterious girl I would compare to a ghost. If you liked Scott Pilgrim and you’re looking for a not so scary read, this one is for you. You can even read it before bed time and not worry about having nightmares! 🙂