Why Thor (AND WRITERS) loves bonfire night.

Over yonder (and here) today is a day millions of people come together to celebrate that one time we caught this guy trying to explode that one really important building but stopped him and instead exploded him on a bonfire because we're BAMFs like that, yo. So! To celebrate the release day of Fate Forgotten, a fabulous book by the wonderful Amalia Dillin, I'm going to tell you why Thor and writers love Guy Fawkes night (which is a real thing, btw even though it sounds ridiculous)(we burn this straw figure of the poor guy and then we let off fireworks and it is all rather jolly):

1. An evening out: Any excuse to disturb any writer from their deeds during November is amusing not only to thunder gods but to all of them, which is why they attempt to do so on a regular basis. It's like waking a sleeping bear that's coming down from a Firefly marathon and has only just realised that it was cancelled. It's like prodding a hurricane and expecting it to let you go. If you prod a British writer-hurricane this is especially amusing because they will tastefully understate how much time they don't have as they stare daggers at you.
 
 
2. Fireworks: Thor dislikes glitter but I don't think fireworks are a problem. Sometimes they sound like thunder cracking through a valley and also they can cause widespread panics for creatures like goats, which is slightly to very amusing when you have literally spent forever looking after a pair of goats. Anything that will forward a plot in November is also looked upon with smiles by writers, so this gets a big stamp of approval. When you're ten thousand words deep into a novel though things can get a little blurry so it's hard to tell if writers like the fireworks, or just being outside for the first time in days after a three day stint of brain freeze.
3. Burning a straw dude: The lure for a thunder god is obvious, if you accidentally strike the straw guy with a million volts nobody cares and will assume this was a splendid way to begin the bonfir-ing portion of the evening. For a writer, this is a good time to hunker down beside the fire, steal a blanket, and plot their next words. This is also a great time to be creeped out by the burning straw guy and worry about whether or not you saw his hand twitch just then and wouldn't bonfire night be the perfect time to get rid of people you don't like because how could they know until it was too late. What if there is a yearly serial killer out there doing that? What if they're sitting next to you by the fire?
 
4. Fire hazards:  They warm your toes and are guaranteed to make any page approximately 100 % more exciting provided you don't put the paper near the fire, but instead write down all the things that could go wrong with your current foot to fire arrangement (so so many things) and then think about how, coincidentally, omg Catching Fire is out soon and isn't that fabulous? And omg Allegiant. And omg what if there are books in this fire, is that a book in the bonfire? etc etc. It is not the fire hazard, but the writer's reaction to the thought of burning books that amuses Thor in this instance.

5. Glow sticks: Who doesn't like glow sticks?

Do you like Guy Fawkes Night? The idea of it? The fact that, like, half a century on and we are still using voodoo effigies to punish the guy? You can find Amalia's new book on amazon or in barnes & noble and it is fabulous so that is a thing that is happening and here is a link to the bloghop this is a part of if you want to read more or tell me what other things writers and Thor love!