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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...

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...

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...

Pictures of Ninc Conference…

Here are a couple… This will take you to a slide show of the...

Back from NY

The Ninc conference was fab. My favorite part was the atmosphere–everyone was so relaxed. For some reason at RWA National the place seems to buzz with nervous energy. But at Ninc I never felt that way, and hardly sensed that from anyone else. I think it’s because everyone is in “writer mode” instead of “being the author mode.” That may seem like a strange statement, but I think it’s accurate. Aside from the fabulous new people I met like Julie Ortolon, Anne Gracie, and Susan Gable, I also got to meet up with close friends Kristina Cook and Sally MacKenzie. And if you read her blog you know Barbara Vey and I shared a plane ride and a lot of good gossip. :) I also got to see the Harlequin offices and have lunch with Ann Leslie Tuttle, then brave the subway again to meet up with my agent and tour her office. Getting around NY was amazingly easy and the people were super friendly. My one issue was when I would get off the subway. Somehow in my mind I thought that would be the easy part–you’re at your stop, right? Uh, no. You are set free in a rat maze. 5,000 exits shooting from 3,000 tunnels and no map in sight. Eventually, I’d just pick an exit then go with my gut (which was never right) as to what direction I needed to go. Then I’d call whoever I was meeting and say “Where am I?” Every time they answered with a direction like “Go south.” Everytime I’d respond that I left my compass at the hotel–who knew getting around NY required orienteering skills? The guests were also great. Everyone’s favorite seemed to be Lou Aronica who gave us some straight shooting advice and answers. Funny how valued straight answers can be by authors… Next year the...

New York, New York

Today I’m going to NY–or more accurately am in New York. I’m posting this ahead of time because I decided not to bring my laptop. I always bring it and while it is great to have on the plane for writing, I don’t wind up checking email because Internet service at fancier hotels is getting more and more expensive. If someone needs me they have my cell number! I’ve never been to NY. I have been to Mexico City which is actually bigger, but I don’t think the part of Mexico City I frequented has much in common with NY. (I went to school there one summer.) The reason for this trip is, of course, a conference. I’ve never been to this conference either–but it looks like it will be a good one and I’m looking forward to “putting a face” on Ninc. I joined about a year ago and while it was started by members of RWA and had a lot of romance authors in it, the personality is different and there are authors of other genres in the mix. I love that. I think spending too much time in romanceland can be…well, not good. It’s like spending too much time in your house–you need to get out and remind yourself there is another world out there and what seems SO important in one world isn’t at all in another. So, that’s where I am. My travel buddy on the way out is Barbara Vey and my roomie is Sally MacKenzie. I’ll try and post a bit about the conference when I get back. Have a great...

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