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A Spirit Captured on Film

A Spirit Captured on Film

(True Story)


My sister, Michelle, has a gift, or a curse depending on how you look at it. She can see spirits. Do not misunderstand, she does not see spirits walking the earth, but sometimes they will show themselves and then leave– all but one. She has a spirit that follows her each time she moves into a new home. He is not mean or wicked, and Michelle thinks he is there to protect her and watch over her. Either way, it is often unnerving.

One evening while lying in bed with her husband, she could not sleep. Her Chiwawa had curled up right next to her side of the bed sound asleep, a slight snore blowing from his snout. Annoyed at the sound, she stared down at him. When his head popped up, and he barked toward the open hallway, naturally Michelle’s eyes flew that direction. There in the doorway stood a spirit wearing tattered clothes, and he was bloody. Instantly, he disappeared. Yet when she glanced back at her dog, his low, insistent growl still lingered.

 Nothing could have prepared her for last Saturday. In a fluke, she captured a spirit on film. This is what happened.

 Her ten-month-old son sat in his playpen enjoying his toys. While flipping through channels, she stopped at a news station to catch the latest happenings. Three men talked about politics in a casual debate.

 Her attention diverted from the television and settled on her son. She picked up her camera and started taking pictures. He was making faces, and they both laughed hysterically. Periodically, she glanced up at the television to listen to the debate. Yet, she continued to snap pictures of her playful son. Where she sat, her pictures bounced off the mirrored closet door.   

Here, are the pictures my sister took of her child.



 On Monday at work, she sent me an email along with the pictures. Her headline said “April, look at this picture. There is a fourth person in the television set, but there were only three people on this newscast.”

If you look at the picture below, you will see, what looks like, a little old man with no teeth looking in the direction of my sister. He is laughing with them. Tell me your thoughts.



August 16, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | 1 Comment

Your Story in Print

Writing basics

Part One:

I am not an expert in this field; however, I have done enough research to know the steps one should take to write a book, find a publisher and see a story in print. Do your research and use this blog and future blogs about this as a stepping-stone to meet your dreams.

In this blog, you will find step-by-step advice to writing a story and developing it. I will give you websites that will help you perfect your craft. Combine this information with the information you have received from your research and you will see a light at the end of the tunnel.

First, let me tell you that writing a book is the easiest part of all of this. If you do not have tough skin, get it! You will hear NO and other forms of that word repeatedly. DO NOT take offense just smile and keep on going. If it is any consolation, Stephanie Myers story, Twilight seen rejection fifteen (15) times and J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter seen rejection twelve (12) times before it was accepted. Keep that in mind.

If you need help toughening your skin, set up a free account at The writing site allows writers, authors, editors and the public to check your work and rate your stories. You may also want to check out This free site also allows you to post your work and have it rated by your peers.

Before You Write:

Know your characters and make sure they are three-dimensional (This is so important. If you know, who they are then you will not have problems writing about each of them.)

  • Personality
  • Likes
  • Dislikes
  • Hobbies
  • Past
  • Habits
  • Family tree
  • Style
  • Quirks
  • Fears
  • Area’s of confidence


Set your Plot and Subplots. (What are you going to write about? What is the conflict? How are your characters going to fix the conflict?)

  • Storyline
  • Climax
  • Resolve
  • Subplots

Some authors chose to write an outline (50 to 60 pages). This is especially good when you are writing a mystery. Dropping clues throughout the book is easier with an outline.

Your First Page:

The first line is where you keep your reader or lose them. Always start your first line with a character name. This will give your book reality from the beginning. You also want to give your reader the feeling of motion in your first line, something real and out of the norm.


“When Mr. Mitchell entered his office, he saw a beautiful young woman standing at his panoramic window, gazing at the city below.”

This is the first line of my first book. We know that a woman who Mr. Mitchell does not know is standing in his office gazing out his window. She is perplexed or in deep thought and she is there to see him.


“Mia buried her head into her pillow to muffle her sobs.”

This is the first line of my second book. We instantly know, within the first line, that Mia is distraught and she is trying to stay quiet as she cries. Why?

The End Chapter-bang:

Always end your chapters with a bang. Have you ever read a book and said, “After this chapter I am going to bed” only to find that hours have passed and your still reading? That is the author’s goal. Keep your readers turning the page with the anticipation of what will happen next.  

The Grammar Check:

I find it is easier for me to write my entire book, then go back, and look at each chapter. You might be different and like to edit your book as you go. Either way, I have some great sites that will help in your editing process. Please check them out and try them for free.

Both these sites are amazing at editing your work and helping you get through that process with ease.

In the next blog, we will touch on editing your work and determining your game plan.

All comments and questions are welcome

August 14, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Creative Writing Woe’s

Writing is the easy part! Editing and trying to find a publisher is the killer.  I’m going to write something on the steps to writing… check back this weekend!

August 12, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment