When I was a child, I dreaded the yearly dilemma of what to wear for Halloween. Once I outgrew the obligatory witch-ghost-pumpkin stage (or at least the age when those costumes were cute rather than overdone), I tore out my hair trying to decide. Today, kids can scour the internet for creative, easy, and daring costume ideas. Back then, I had a ton of imagination without any artistic or sewing skills. Besides, I had stiff competition. In sixth grade, a classmate came to school dressed as a shower. No kidding, a shower! Somehow, he’d managed to rig up a working shower curtain that slid back and forth on a frame around his body.
Me? My mother dressed me up as a hobo.
One of my dad’s plaid flannel shirts padded with pillows underneath, ratty sweatpants, a hideous mask, and my hair frizzed out to kingdom come. Worst of all? My friends made me go trick-or-treating at our teacher’s house. He could not stop laughing. Yep, at me.
My family laughed, my friends laughed, and I’ve had to re-live the horror of that costume through far too many pictures.
To this day, I always wanted to be something cool for Halloween. Something witty that would make everyone think, “I wish I’d thought of that!” My craft-minded friends sew amazing steampunk and Dr. Who costumes for themselves, but I count myself lucky if I tie ladybug wings around my shoulders and find a matching trick-or-treat bucket.
Kat Astra, one of the main characters in my Kat and Natalie series, shares my dislike for Halloween costumes. In Lighting the Way, book two (book one is The Way Home), she tries to veto her roommate’s choice of costume for her:
“Natalie, no!” I stare at the form-fitting pink leotard with attached filmy skirts. I know she likes me in pink, but this is ridiculous. I finger the flimsy fabric and shudder. “Thank you for getting the Halloween costumes, but I’m not going to wear this the first time we meet the neighbors.”
Natalie tugs at the hem of my sturdy navy blue T-shirt as if to lift it over my head. “You said you’d wear what I chose, and you already vetoed my black cat idea,” she reminds me.
“I know, but…” My voice trails off as Natalie holds my arm out and drapes across it the leotard along with tights and shoes and some silly glittery thing.
“Go and try it on,” she urges me. She’s got another costume in a bag underneath her arm. “I’ll put mine on, too.” When I don’t respond or move, she swats my bottom. “Go on, I said.”
For those of us who aren’t keen on costumes, there are other ways to celebrate Halloween. I’ll be hosting a multi-author Spank or Treat event October 25-27 on my blog complete with terrific prizes such as:
· Kindle Fire/Nook HD (winner’s choice)
· several hundred dollars’ worth of gift certificates for books
· free books
· physical prizes
It’s all the fun of trick-or-treating without the worry of choosing a costume!
Another way to enjoy the holiday is to immerse yourself in a new world. My upcoming book, Becoming Clissine (Bastia, Book One)is a science fiction dystopian novel, which is a fancy way to say, “playing make-believe.” Instead of putting on a horrible Halloween costume, I’ve created a world in which a totalitarian theocracy persecutes heterosexual relationships. In other words, a girl gets in trouble with her government when she falls in love with a boy.
How will you celebrate Halloween this year? Do you have any “horrible costume” stories to share?
Becoming Clissine (Bastia, Book One)
Available October 22, 2013!
What if heterosexuality were a crime?
Betrothed at birth to the daughter of one of the most prominent Houses in the totalitarian theocracy of Bastia, soon-to-be-college-graduate Clissa isn't sure whether she is ready to undergo the Mar. Once she becomes the Nur, or the submissive partner, to her betrothed she will have to submit all major decisions of her life to the beautiful Helaine whom she has only met once. She must marry a woman, according to the decrees of Bastian law.
Caught between his desire to "get along" and the growing awareness that he is "het" and is attracted to Clissa, Destral kisses her one day as they study in their college library. Shocked at the feelings the kiss awakens, Clissa begins to question everything she has been taught. Did Basti, their deity, really decree that it was sinful for a man to be with a woman? Will her growing feelings for Destral cost her everything that her parents have worked hard to give her?
In a mad attempt to subvert Bastian authority, Clissa and Destral run away to find the Het Pride, a group that preaches tolerance, equality, and peace. Z, their leader, promises that one day hets will achieve equality and freedom. When the Bastian police capture or kills most of the Het Pride, however, Clissa is assigned to new parents for "reeducation" in the doctrine of Bastia. Her new parents are given one mandate: Bring her back to rightness with Basti.
Clissa, lost in a system that is threatened by her very identity, must make her choice. Will she be broken by Bastian authority, or will she find a way to break free? Can true love overcome a harsh regime?
Lighting the Way (Kat and Natalie, Volume Two)
Available on all major online booksellers!
College roommates, best friends, and family. Can Kat and Natalie find a way to stay together…without killing each other?
Kat Astra knows one thing: everything is her fault. A dead-end job. A fear of confrontation. An inability to speak up when necessary. Desertion of her best friend in her time of need.
Natalie Mestecom knows one thing too: everything Kat does is Natalie’s fault. The relationship rule is simple; Kat has problems, and Natalie fixes them. But what worked in adolescence becomes more complicated with adulthood, and new developments in their relationship challenge these roles. Kat is no longer sure whether she is willing to be disciplined according to Natalie’s rules, and Natalie is no longer sure whether she is worthy of Kat’s trust.
Can Natalie allow herself to be vulnerable? Can Kat believe in her own strength? Can Natalie believe in Kat’s strength? How will they, each in their own way, learn to move beyond guilt and blame in order to forge a new relationship together? In order to make peace with themselves and each other, Kat and Natalie reconnect with family, re-visit memories of their past, and make plans for taking steps forward in the future. To light their way home.
Anastasia Vitsky is a naughty girl with a wicked sense of humor. She writes F/F spanking stories because she loves a story with a good female disciplinarian. She strives to write stories that speak to our everyday lives now versus the fantasies no one can hope to achieve. When she’s not writing about Kat and Natalie and their penchant for wooden spoons, she conducts research on narrative. She blogs athttp://governingana.wordpress.com/ and can be found on Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads, and Amazon. She is the author of The Vengeance of Mrs. Claus, The Way Home, Desire in Any Language, Editorial Board, Lighting the Way, “Tomorrow” in Coming to Terms, “Complicated Gifts” in Love’s Reprise, and the forthcoming Becoming Clissine.
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Remember the college roommate who was your best friend, your sister, and your source of love and laughter? Kat found that in Natalie, and so much more.
THE WAY HOME
THE WAY HOME
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