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Ghost Hunting in Gettysburg

A few weeks ago I went on my first ghost hunt – in Gettysburg! I’d been planning to do a tour, but once we got there the hunt sounded like more fun, especially for the kids. As it turns out, my mother and I had a great time, my son too, although his was more due to other kids being along, and my daughter was a little embarrassed by the whole thing. She is, however, a teen so that isn’t a giant shock now is it? If you go to Gettysburg, there are a ton of companies that do ghost hunts, walks and tours. We chose to go with Gettysburg Ghost Tours. They offer a number of choices, all of them affordable, but since we had the kids with us, we picked a “family friendly” option. The hunt started at the Gettysburg Ghost Tours’ storefront. Our guide explained a few things, mainly that we weren’t supposed to run and that we were to talk in a normal volume .  No whispers as those could be confused later as ghost voices. We were also divided into pairs so we had confirmation of anything we saw. Then he handed out the equipment. We were able to choose from the Ghost Meter Pro, dowsing rods, a standard EMF meter, and a voice recorder. We also were told to use our cell phones for photos. My daughter (my cheerful companion) took the EMF meter and I took the dowsing rods. I chose the rods because my great grandfather was a working water witch. I figured maybe some talent ran in the family. Equipped and paired up we headed to Culp’s Hill. You can read the link if you want a lot of background information on the battle at Culp’s Hill, but the important things to know is that it is very close to...

Witch Stones!

Since I was a child, I’ve had a bit of an obsession with rocks. I think this mainly had to do with growing up in an area with some spectacular rocks to collect. My favorites were what we called sparkly rocks which you mainly find around creeks. Most of mine I found around Viburnum, Missouri, an area with large lead deposits. But in addition to sparkly rocks and fossils (which I also loved), I always kept my eye out (and still do) for witch stones. Witch stones, also known as fairy stones and hagstones, are rocks with a naturally occurring hole in them. As you can probably guess, the best hunting grounds for these rocks is also near streams since water is what washes away parts of the stone to form the hole. Holly Black made witch stones (she called them fairy stones) somewhat famous with her use of them in the Spiderwick Chronicles.  In her stories you used the stones to see the fairy world, but they are probably better known as a way to ward off evil. According to this article, people used to hang them over doorways (especially of stables) or wore them around their necks and some even used them as a spout through which the poured milk to keep it from curdling. I’m not sure as a child anyone ever told me what they were supposed to do, but I’ve always thought of them as witch stones and known they carry with them some kind of magic that I want to possess. Any of you own witch stones? How do you use...

My office…my life…me

My office is featured over at Lisa Renee Jones’ blog today. I have to say you can tell a lot about me by looking at my wall and that isn’t really a coincidence. When I was young I read a book where a girl made a collage over her bed that was formed in a spiral. Each item said something about who she was in kind of a time line. I don’t know why, but that idea really struck a chord with me and stuck with me. I’ve also always believed in energy—that people put it off and that places and things can hold that energy. That’s been a big part of my attraction to antiques, and the reason I will probably never go back to Gettysburg Pennsylvania…but that is another story. Anyway, stop by Lisa’s if you want a peek. And while you are here, tell me…do you have a wall like this? Are there any objects that make you feel grounded? Because that is what the banjo and chain on my wall do for me, along with a few other items in my space. Oh, and anyone else read the book I mentioned? She had just moved to this big old Victorian and I think it MIGHT have been Rosemary and Thyme or something like...

Wausau RWA turns out for Characters Beyond GMC

  My friends Kathy Steffen and Jenna Reynolds went with my a few weeks ago for my presentation Characters Beyond GMC at the Wausau area WisRWA meeting. We had a great...

Dump, dump, dump, dump…

You probably don’t know it, but a dump is a great thing if you are an author. It means you got one of those special little cardboard display things just for you in some store (hopefully many stores). Well, guess what? Harlequin did one for the two Nocturne anthologies out right now…one of which is Midnight Cravings mass market release. Here is the picture compliments of Michele...

Lori at Ninc!

Hi, all! I’m checking in from the Novelist Inc. conference in St. Louis. The actual conference starts today, but yesterday was dedicated to Forensics. It was chock full of some great information. I think my favorite was listening to the FBI agent and Franklin County Sheriff’s major who were involved in solving the Shawn Hornbeck case. Last night I went to what they call a Night Owl session–more casual chatty type sessions after 8 at night. I chose Grumpy Old Writers. Lots of talk of how to refill the well when you have written more books in the same sub-genre than you can count, how to survive years with no new book contract, what to do when your editor doesn’t return your calls. You know cheery stuff! ;-) There were no big solutions given, but it was interesting to listen to people talk who have been doing this a lot longer than me. Oh, and OF COURSE there has been food! Kathy Steffen, Ann Christopher and I checked out Gian Tony’s on The Hill in St. Louis Wednesday night. It was fab. I love The Hill, but my favorite restaurant there (Zia’s) burned down. So, we tried something new. The food was great and our waiter was adorable. You really can’t beat a place with an adorable waiter, now can you? Today there are many great sessions, but Ann Christopher and I are skipping out early to go up in the Arch. I am a native Missourian and lived in St. Louis for many years, but I have never been up inside the Arch. I’m looking forward to it. Then we are off for a brewery tour at Anheuser Busch and later dinner in Soulard. (another of the many interesting neighborhoods in St. Louis.) So, that’s it for me. Check by later. I’ll try and post pictures and more...

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