Pumpkin Horror Story

This is Bob the pumpkin’s story, told in pictures.

Bob grew up in the warm summer of 2013 and by the time the weather finally turned cold and large drifts of golden leaves surrounded him, Bob had become a large fiery orange Pumpkin.

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But one day, out of the blue, he was attacked by a lady with a knife and before he knew what was going on he found himself in a warm kitchen.

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The knife re-appeared and poor Bob lost the the top of his head. You could see right down into his middle. “Looks like a set from the Alien films only in orange!” the woman commented.

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And then Bob was gutted!

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Large holes were carved in his lovely leathery, orange skin

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and a small lit candle was placed inside.

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But that’s not quite the end of the story though, because the woman did make Bob’s flesh into a very tasty, spicy pumpkin soup!

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Pinterested!

It’s probably more than a year since I first joined Pinterest and for most of that time I hardly visited my couple of boards more than once every three or four months. You see in the interest of building an author platform I joined a few different social media sites, but inevitably I didn’t have the time to keep up or really understand how some of these sites could help me. Anyway, last week I was reading a blog post (and I’m really sorry I can’t for the life of me remember who’s it was!) and the author writing the post commented on how useful Pinterest was for conveying her ideas. I visited her boards and found lots of images she had collected that she felt reflected the characters and places in her books.

Pinterest had been one of those sites I hadn’t really understood when I joined, hence why I hardly ever visited it. But now I could see some potential, I could pin images that I relate to my stories, people who look like my characters, and places that appear in my books.

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And that’s how it started!

Now I have got carried away and have started adding more boards full of other things I love, such as dragons

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And archery

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I am still very new to all this and compared to others I haven’t really even got started yet, but I think I’ve found a new favourite place to be and who knows by pinning images perhaps I might draw attention to myself and my books!

I Was Conned!!

I like to think I’m fairly savvy and wouldn’t be fooled that easily, but I have to admit that my local pet shop may have conned me!

As you may know I have a crested gecko living with me, and despite being told he should only eat puréed fruit I know he loves small insects.

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So as a treat I often buy him a box of silent crickets.

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He loves these and can move surprisingly fast when I let a couple go in his vivarium!

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But here lies the problem, it’s not that easy to get the crickets out of the box and into the vivarium one at a time (there can be 30 or more in a box!). As a result occasionally one manages to escape! I try not to think about these small bugs that might be hopping around my house, but over the last couple of weeks I’ve not been able to. Why? Because the pet shop lied to me when they told me they were SILENT crickets!! The last one to escape is not silent at all! The little b**** has been making constant chirpy cricket noises and for a small fellow he can make a very loud noise!

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He is so small, that so far he’s managed to evade capture and keeps up a constant reminder of his presence in my home. I’m nowjust a bit worried about how big he may grow!