[The picture above accompanies the Goodreads post I've linked below.] Ok so I lost steam and did not post as much as I would have liked but work got busy. Since tomorrow is Halloween and I will not be available to post tomorrow, today is my final blog fest post. Today's post will celebrate the… Continue reading Blog Fest Day 20 and 21-HAPPY HALLOWEEN!
This was another book I listened to as an audiobook and I have to give props to the narrator. She was so emotional and read with such a passionate voice that I could not help but be drawn in to the story even more than if I had read it. The premise for this story… Continue reading Book Review: Still Missing by Chevy Stevens
I always wanted to write a story dealing with witches in the Appalachian Mountains. I don't think its a far stretch because I'm sure there are some witches in the high country. I wanted to add a fantasy element to the story, however. I'm short on time, but hopefully I can pull you in enough… Continue reading Blog Fest Day 16- Witches of Appalachia
The picture of the tunnel above is also the source of some interesting memories. Among other things, my friends almost got hit by a train here once. This tunnel is some distance from the location of my story but this is a great image to share with you anyway. I hope you enjoy the conclusion… Continue reading Blog Fest Day 13
This is another ghost story, and another loosely based true story. I have placed a picture I found online of the Henryton Sanatorium in Marriottsville, Maryland. I was there years ago, before the demolition (which just makes me want to cry because those buildings were beautiful). This picture above is actually a picture of one of my… Continue reading Blog Fest Day 12
Today I am introducing vampires into my blog for the Halloween Blog Fest! I haven't decided if I want to expand on this blurp or not. Originally I was going to treat this like I did my last two ghost stories by writing a portion then placing the ominous "To be continued" at the end. … Continue reading Blog Fest Day #???
You know when you plan on ending a story a certain way and then something happens that surprises even you, the writer, and the story ends in a completely different way than originally anticipated? This is one such example. But I must say, I am not disappointed at all. Everyone knows a "Becca," and everyone… Continue reading Blog Fest
Apparently on my days off from work, I don't get to post anything. Poor excuse I know, but here is the continuation of Becca's experience in the haunted stacks of Penn State's Pattee Library. Thanks for reading! Becca was a rational young woman. She was not prone to wild thoughts or unrealistic superstitions, but the… Continue reading Blog Fest #I don’t even know what number I’m on anymore….
This is a story that is near and dear to my heart because it takes place on the campus of my Alma Mater, Penn State. This November will mark the 46th anniversary of the mysterious death of Betsy Aardsma, the young grad student whose murder in the stacks of the library was never solved. Her memory… Continue reading Blog Fest Day 8- Murder in the Stacks
This is post that every blogger/writer should read. I think we’ve all been here before and we should all understand that it’s normal to feel this way! Just keep trucking and even if you don’t make money at it (like most of us), just do it for the love of the game!
Writing is a uniquely difficult profession for more than a number of reasons. There are a lot of things we could have chosen to do that would have been easier. For instance, discovering life on Mars, developing telepathy, or inventing gluten-free dairy-free calorie-free carb-free pizza that smooths wrinkles the more slices you eat.
There are days that even I go. Really, Kristen? You HAD to be a writer? You could have been a brain surgeon by now.
Then my muse comes back and says, “What? And take the EASY way out?”
This is a tough tough job and I am here to let you know…
It never gets easier.
It’s like Space Invaders. It just gets faster and faster and harder and harder…until you DIE.
Or give up.
This is why we…
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