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From Gettysburg to Fall; Time to Create!

Sitting at my laptop.
Apple cider by my side.
Long sleeves.
Typing away.


GOOD LORD did the weather turn! Last week I was in 70 degree Gettysburg, this week: FALL!

Yes. YES, ladies and gents! Fall is back in Ohio! That wondrous time of year! Time for spooky! For a midnight walk in the woods! Leaf crunching! Hot drink of choice! Long sleeves! Cuddles! Halloween!

Yes… this is the time of year I enjoy most.

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I only wish it had felt like this in Gettysburg. Something about tromping through the battlefields in a light jacket, browsing the historic downtown, crunching the occasional leaf. Well, I mean, some of that I did. However, even though the first day of Fall was last week, it didn’t feel like it until this week. Isn’t that what always happens?

Ah. C’est la vie. I still enjoyed being there.

I got to see urban legend hotspots like the Jennie Wade House, Devil’s Den, and Slaughter Pen. Check out the pictures I took:

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The Jennie Wade House. Jennie Wade was the only civilian killed in the Gettysburg war. However, the house is not haunted by her, but her father who was away and missed his daughter’s funeral. 
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Devil’s Den (the stone structure) and Slaughter Pen (the field across the street from Devil’s Den). Both places were occupied by Confederates, while the Union literally slaughtered them on Little Round Top (where I took the picture from). No wonder it’s haunted!

I also took part in a public ghost hunt with the Gettysburg Paranormal Association. It’s one of the few paranormal societies I’ve found that offers to take anyone on an investigation. Almost every night of the year… you just have to buy a ticket. ($35 per person for 9PM to 11PM, $65 for 9PM to 12AM) The perk? You get to use their equipment, experience the haunted locations they take you to, and they give you a certificate from the society, saying you were with them. They also mail whatever evidence was caught that night to your home address. Which is also cool.

GPA aims to teach anyone from newbie to experienced investigator the ins and outs of paranormal investigating. Bonus: they expect you to try out the gadgets you see on TV. I personally was excited to try out a Spirit Box, Dowsing Rods, a temperature gun, and even the Flir camera.

I’ll admit: I was absolutely nervous about seeing a random, unexplained energy form on the Flir. But… I didn’t. It’s probably pretty rare. Lovely overactive imagination.

In the end, my tactics of investigation haven’t changed. I still enjoy walking around haunted locations and sensing the room. For me, I know spirits exist. I know there’s Beings out there we can’t explain. It’s exciting. It makes the world so interesting. Yes, I’m excited for the future where I have kids. But to know that the unexplained exists out there… well it just adds spice.

After all, Tolkien himself said:

“… always I had the sense of recording what was already ‘there’, somewhere: not of ‘inventing’.”

Ah. Speaking of the unexplained, check out this picture:

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On the edge of the battlefields, I caught this picture of an orb floating above the fence. Enlarge it, and you’ll see this orb is not the only one. Maybe some soldiers are reminiscing, visiting where they once fought.

The purpose of this Gettysburg trip was to get away, by myself, and explore a new location. Whether it be haunted or not. I wanted to have one last exploration before I settled in for the latter part of the year. The time where I really love to be home and write. Plain and simple. Fall brings forward ceaseless inspiration. Honestly, if I didn’t need to sleep or eat, I could probably churn out multiple books in this three month period.

So, now I settle in for the “cold months”, hard at work on my novel’s completion. It will be circulating to agents soon. I can’t wait for you guys to read it!

Recap: James Jones, Deer, and Supernatural —

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Ohhh this weekend has been — well, it wasn’t the worst. It was just busy! (Hence why I’m doing my weekend recap today) I was trying to get the first 50 pages of my manuscript edited for the James Jones Fellowship (that offers $10,000 to 1st prize) deadline on March 15th… all in the midst of a busy retail weekend.

It’s not surprising that I didn’t get it done.

HOWEVER — oh OF COURSE it’s raining. Hold on, I need to get my dogs in.

*insert 10 minutes of elevator music*

— Anyways, what was I saying? Or right. *clears throat*

HOWEVER, I did do a lot of work on my manuscript that DESPERATELY needed done. Probably the main reason of my slow editing: I’ve decided to change my 3rd person POV to 1st person.

Example: changing

“Angel went for a walk in the woods and saw two squirrels dancing around a tree”

to

“I decided to go for a walk in the woods today. It was a sunny, warm December morning and I hadn’t been out for a few days now — not since school let out and my finals were done. I laughed as two squirrels skipped around me and danced up a tree. I was perfectly content.”

It just FEELS so much better to change POVs. That and it’s popular in YA fiction right now so…

That was the main event of the past week. I’ve churned out a new blog post, two Fangirlish articles and a YouTube video in the midst of all of that writing. I’d say I’m baaaack! Hah. I absolutely love (and have missed) my craft!

Check out the articles and video below:

Monday, March 9, 2015 — Weekend Recap: With A Great Birthday, Comes New Plans


Tuesday, March 10, 2015 — Supernatural: Season 10 “A Look Ahead” 


Wednesday, March 11, 2015 — A Suprise Visit From The Deer!


Monday, March 16, 2015 — Jared Padalecki “Always Keep Fighting” 

OH! And for those who missed my last post, I worked on a new “upload schedule” for all things interweb-wise. (For this blog, Fangirlish, Morty’s Stories/Transformers Fanfic, and YouTube)

Check it out:

SOCIAL MEDIA UPDATES

I’m going to try and keep to it as much as possible, so there’s regular content.

Thank you guys for visiting/reading! I will see you in the next adventure!

Post-Midwest Writers

Honest to God, I loved this conference. Man, it’s been SO LONG since I was in a writer’s workshop. Literally, I haven’t gone to one since college. Three years ago. And I discovered that I was really out of practice with some writing techniques. So I re-learned some new and old pointers (for example: passive vs active sentences and avoiding “to be” words) and I got to socialize + network with some very talented people. Writers, agents, and otherwise.

Aaaand…. I pitched to an agent. Haaaahhhh… I was so nervous. But she was SO ATTENTIVE AND KIND. Annnd… yeah. I’m working really hard to finish my book. Because. Things happened.

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I also decided that I’m going to build an official website and send out a… bi-monthly newsletter. I believe. Still planning.

All of this will come to fruition after Nashville next weekend. *pinches nose*

OH. Check out these videos I filmed on Wednesday (I didn’t have the capability to post them here… until now):

If there are any writers out there looking for a warm, welcoming, helpful, affordable, and FUN conference… CHECK OUT MIDWEST WRITERS. I really suggest it. It’s… just amazing.
Click here for more information: Midwest Writers
Tomorrow I begin my loooooong four hour trek home.
I will catch you all back in Wooster!
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Check out "All That We Need In Our Lives"

Hey guys!

In addition to writing my novel, I have started a fanfic as a de-stresser, I guess you could call it.

Check it out here:

All That We Need In Our Lives

Here’s the summary:

“Optimus Prime receives a strange transmission when he thinks all hope is lost for finding the Allspark. He discovers it is from the mind of a sixteen year old girl, Kate Forge. Together, with the Autobots, Sam, and Mikeala they must find the Allspark, defeat the Decepticons… and Kate and Optimus must confront their feelings for each other. During Transformers 2007. Optimus/OC”

So go check it out!! It’s a taste of my writing, but not an original story. It’s a Transformers fanfic.

For those of you who may not know what a fanfic (short for fanfiction) is, it’s defined as: “Fiction written by a fan of, and featuring characters from, a particular TV series, movie, etc.”

It’s something I’ve always done, and plan to continue doing. As an outlet. Although I have had ideas ever since I was a pre-teen, I’ve never published my ideas. And now, I am.

So enjoy!

I’m Calling It

Welp. It’s been five days past the personal deadline I set for myself. Not for anything to get done… but, and, ok, I’m not aiming to sound egotistical or anything, BUT it was the deadline for Ghost Hunters to contact me.

Not that they did or anything. It was one of those personal deadlines that everyone sets for themselves, most commonly found in job hunting. The “if they don’t contact me by this date it’s time to move on” deadline.

Honestly I have a set of mixed up emotions (which you could probably guess from the previous posts Ghost Hunters Casting and As a side note (to Ghost Hunters Casting) ) I’m kind of glad they didn’t contact me. Especially because it would seriously screw with my plans to attend Midwest Writers. It says in the casting info that the person must be able to travel by the end of June, and will be travelling for three weeks out of every month. The chance that these weeks would coincide with Midwest Writers would be high. So A) I’d have to ask permission to still go, and B) if I did get to go, there would be NO WAY that my novel would be done by that time.

Well there’s still a high chance that I won’t be done in any case… but it would be a near impossibility.

And then there’s my brother’s wedding in September, which is the most important conflict on my list.

That sigh of relief after the dog makes it.

So… life can now resume. And it’s a mad dash to write… about 30,000 words in 30 days. That’s not extreme, right?

Morty’s Stories – Week 1

If you guys recall in the blog post “Writing Activity on Facebook”, I announced that I’m doing a fun little activity where I post three different genres, characters, and places and write a story based off of a combination that you guys put together. 

Here’s the FIRST PROMPT of Morty’s Stories: 

Vote for your favorite combination and I’ll pick one on Friday, and post the story on Sunday! 
And don’t forget: you can write a story, too, in whatever format, and I’ll post it on my Page too! (And probably here)