Monthly Archives: December 2010

The Fountain – A Different Kind of Ghost Story

The Fountain(As first scene on Beyond Fiction)

I am a very spiritual person by nature. I believe in the power of the human mind. Our every thought, our every feeling, from ‘what do I want for supper tonight?’ to ‘ouch, I just stubbed my toe’ is a series of electrical charges running up and down our nervous system like lightning in a bottle. There are people in life where just being in the same room with them winds you up or brings you down. We normally label it charisma. You can walk into a place and feel at peace or scared. It’s all about the energy. If you have energy that’s strong enough, it can leave an impression, like the negative of a photograph. We can wave it away with science now if you want, but it’s that afterimage that we call “ghosts”.

As a child, I was always seeing ghosts, or having prophetic dreams, or other such things that freaked out my superstitious Grandmother, among my other family members. That said, I don’t believe that spirituality really has anything to do with our human fascination with ghost stories. Read More »

Growing Up with Ghosts

Ghost(As first scene on Beyond Fiction)

I grew up with ghosts. They were everywhere in the house that I was raised in. To explain my experiences with ghosts, I must first explain where I live. The Niagara Region has one of the bloodiest histories in all of Canada. War after war has been fought here, from pre-history to only two-hundred years ago. Old Fort Erie, often called the “bloodiest battlefield in Canada”, resides about twenty minutes away. Here, in this area, the British made a stand against the US invasion force that sought to turn my country into another state. The loss of life was great, on both sides, and most of that blood was spilled here, where I was born and raised.

Niagara is also a peninsula, surrounded on three sides by water. There’s Lake Ontario to the north, Lake Erie to the south, and the Niagara River, including the famous Niagara Falls, to the east. Various rivers and man-made waterways are strewn all over the place. My research into the paranormal and into energy work both indicate that water is a natural, powerful conductor, if not focus for such things as ghosts. It’s as good an explanation as any, I suppose, to why it seems that everywhere in this area, there are ghost sightings, of one type or another. Read More »

Apology and Promise

I have been terribly neglectful, shamefully neglectful, of this blog.  I have no excuses.  Simply put, it has been the last thing on my mind, and I will endeavor to bring it to the forefront once more.  Lately, my writing life was centered around the novel that I’m working on.  It is a young adult novel that has its fits and starts.  Sometimes, the writing is so smooth and automatic that words tumble from me thousands at a time.  Once, I simply sat down to edit one inconsistent paragraph, yet somehow found myself finishing the chapter, and half the of the next chapter besides.  Sometimes, a simple scene meant to be one third of a chapter has blossomed into an entire chapter of its own.

I’m not complaining; the writing is brilliant when it works like that.  However, each of these chapters seems to be a child that I find under my care.  Sometimes, the children are wonderfully cooperative.  Sometimes, they rebel like teenagers.   Sometimes, they start as one, and end as the other.  There really is no rhyme or reason.

This book obsesses me with my need to complete it.  It is set in a world of my own creation.  The main character is a strong female lead; the kind of person I wanted to read about as a girl growing up.  I wanted the “damsel” not to be the one in distress, but the one in control.  I wanted to read about someone kicking butt and taking names, and not needing a strong male to help her when she broke a nail.  Xena opened my eyes to strong female role models, and I wanted more like that.  That’s why writing this world is so important to me.  It’s not that each woman is an Amazon and all the men are weaklings.  It’s simply a world where women and men can be equally as weak and strong as the next person.  Strength, intelligence, and ambition are not determined my gender.

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