October is the tenth month of the year in the Gregorian calendar, but got its name because it was the eighth month in the Roman calendar (eight from “octo”). This is National Adopt a Shelter Dog Month, Cookie Month, International Drum Month, Popcorn Popping Month, and Seafood Month. It is also: American Pharmacist Month, Apple Jack Month, Awareness Month, Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Clergy Appreciation Month, Computer Learning Month, Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Eat Country Ham Month, Lupus Awareness Month, National Diabetes Month, National Pizza Month, National Vegetarian Month, Sarcastic Month.

Today is specifically: International Frugal Fun Day – first Saturday of the month, National Homemade Cookies Day, World Vegetarian Day, World Card Making Day – first Saturday of the month

Tips: This week is “Get Organized Week”. Make a list of things you need to organize in order to make your writing life flow better. Pick one and do it.

Thought for the Day: Setting a goal is not the main thing. It is deciding how you will go about achieving it and staying with that plan. – Tom Landry

Teaser: Since this is National Homemade Cookie Day, get in your character’s head and decide what kind of cookie would s/he eat? Homemade or store bought? Is s/he strong enough to eat just one? Or would s/he indulge and eat a whole bunch? Alone or with a beverage? What kind? Write a short scene where cookies take center stage for your character.