The next stop on the Party Express is to a very good friend of mine’s blog, Chris Verstraete’s Candid Canine.
Let me give you a little background on Chris…
We met online 10 years ago. We were both members of a Yahoo Group called Short Mystery Fiction Society. Chris may still be active on it. I haven’t participated in it for years now.
Anyway, our relationship blossomed out of that. I don’t even remember why or how we started exchanging emails. Maybe it had something to do with when I was editor of Without a Clue and she’d provide mystery author interviews.
All I remember is every time we e-chatted we’d learn how many similarties we had in common. We started referring to our “OMG! Me too!” moments as “pod sister” connections.
But something we don’t have in common is a world she introduced me to that I did not know existed until I met her: minis.
In addition to being a talented author, Chris creates miniature dollhouses and dollhouse dioramas. And she follows others who do the same. It’s among the topics she writes about on Candid Canine.
At the end of October, as Halloween draws near, Chris runs a series on her blog called Halloween in Miniature.
This year for the 12 days leading up to Halloween she’ll once again be presenting some of the most outstanding minature creations you’ve ever seen. (Well, I’m taking some liberty saying that. It’s the most outstanding to me.)
She’s got two days up so far:
In the Day 1 post she really takes the task of being a good hostess to heart by having a witchy greeting committee. But she also has a post that gives you an idea of just how mini some of these creations are. (Check out the last picture of the books compared up against a penny. Tiny and yet so detailed!)
And Day 2 is all about mini Halloween food…all of which looks good enough to eat, but it’s only edible for dolls!
If you don’t already know about Chris’s blog, I hope you have a lot of fun discovering it and her 12 Days of Halloween in Miniature.
I just have to share this: Chris has a new book out, The Killer Valentine Ball. If you’re looking for a spooky read this Halloween, you might want to check it out.
I happen to absolutely LOVE her cover! I think it’s one of my fave covers of her books yet.