Roundup of October 2019 Posts

HallowThanksMas, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, holidaysAs Halloween dwindles in the calendar’s rear-view mirror, we look forward to the end-of-year holiday season. The spooks have dropped behind us, the turkey waits ahead, and then there’s Christmas. Already the stores have begun putting out their Christmas wares and decorations. Take a deep breath; it’s going to be a long ride.

October was an even busier month for me than usual. Now that I’m leading tours for three different organizations (Boston By Foot, Haunted Boston and Destinations North America), I have been driving into Boston three or four times a week. When I add in choir practice, Board of Trustees meetings at church, and Book Group, my nights are often committed throughout the week. It hasn’t left much time for writing.

Reclaiming My Time

woman typing, woman writingWith the tours winding down for the winter, I will reclaim all that time and, I hope, spend it completing the rewrite of my third novel.

Once that’s done, I’ll pass the manuscript along to Spacecrafts, the writing group I have belonged to for so many years I’ve lost count. They can have at it and let me know what changes I need to make before sending the manuscript to my agent. (He’s probably forgotten he’s my agent by now.)

Also, I will write more blog posts. I have a list of topics to address “when I have the time.” And that time will happen soon.

Roundup of October 2019 Posts

In the meantime, here’s a roundup of October 2019 posts The Next Phase Blog writing team has published in the last month. It covers a lot of topics, so check out the list to find something you might like but could have missed.

Boston and History

Business and Technology


Friends and Family

Health and Safety

Lifestyle and Culture

In the weeks ahead, there will be more writing, more reading, more cooking, and some travel. Stay tuned for another month of interesting social commentary on The Next Phase Blog.

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About Aline Kaplan

Aline Kaplan is a published author, a blogger, and a tour guide in Boston. She formerly had a career as a high-tech marketing and communications director. Aline writes and edits The Next Phase Blog, a social commentary blog that appears multiple times a week at She has published over 1,000 posts on a variety of subjects, from Boston history to science fiction movies, astronomical events to art museums. Under the name Aline Boucher Kaplan, she has had two science fiction novels (Khyren and World Spirits) published by Baen Books. Her short stories have appeared in anthologies published in the United States, Ireland, and Australia. Aline’s articles have also appeared on the Atlas Obscura website. She has been an active member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America since 1988 and is a long-term member of the Spacecrafts science/fantasy writers’ group. As a tour guide, Aline leads architectural and historical walking tours of the city for Boston By Foot, ghost tours for Haunted Boston and historical bus tours of the city. She lectures on Boston history and has appeared in the Boston Globe, as well as on TV for Chronicle, an award-winning television program that broadcasts stories of New England. As a lecturer, Aline has spoken at Brandeis and Tufts universities for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. She has also addressed as service organizations and local meetings. She is a graduate of Northeastern University in Boston and lives in Hudson, MA.

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