Well, folks. It was fun while it lasted.

As you can see, not much has been happening on this blog lately.

There are several reasons for this, but I will only hit on a couple:

First: It's amazing how much can change in a couple of months--both in our personal lives and on the writing front. A couple of us have signed publishing contracts, and so the need to write, edit, market, promote HAD to take preference over this blog and the services we were providing.

Second: Running this blog, critiquing submissions, providing feedback...well, that's a LOT of dang work. We weren't getting paid for this service. We had a concept and we went with it--for free--not realizing how much time it would involve with very little (nothing) in return for our effort.

Third: Probably the biggest factor that made us come to this decision, was the fact that a good portion of the submissions we received just weren't ready. They needed more revision. We were wanting to give out reviews on AMAZING, fully complete, well edited novels. 90% of what we received didn't come close.

So we've shut it down. We've moved on.

If you liked our comments and our posts, you can check us out on our individual blogs:

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Monday, September 19, 2011

The Stories that Haunt Us

Posted by Ready, Aim, Hook Me at 6:55 AM
Hello all. Rabbit in a Hat Hook'er here.

Fall is coming. Our fair state of Utah has that lingering chill that lasts throughout the day. The leaves are beginning to change around their edges.

Its the perfect time to start thinking ghost stories.

Just for now, let's put aside all judgment about whether or not ghosts actually exist. Let's welcome in early fall with an open mind while I introduce you to my pint-sized poltergeist, Emily.

Little Emily has been a mainstay in my life ever since I became a mother. She just kind-of added herself to my brood and remains underfoot even to this day.

The most interesting thing I find about her, is that she doesn't haunt one single building or plot of land. She haunts me. Much like the characters running around in our heads, I can't seem to escape her. Not that I've really tried. She's pretty harmless with the exception of a bouncy ball or two thunked off the top of my head.
My children seemed the first to recognize her presence. They were nervous about going into their playroom--as children often are about large, oddly shaped rooms. At first, I didn't think anything of it. But when my two-year-old announced there was a "ghosss in there" I was a surprised. I didn’t even think she knew what a ghost was!
Toys would sound off in the middle of the night, and of course it always had to be the ones with voices or animal noises. Why my little ghostie doesn’t appreciate simple building blocks or baby dolls, I’ll never know.

My first visual encounter happened during a little game of hide and seek. I entered my youngest daughter's room to find the closet door cracked open. The lights off. I pushed the door open wide to the sight of a little girl with shoulder-length, dark hair. Her head bowed and an Awe-you-found-me look on her face. The first thought that sprang to my mind was, This is not my child!  I jumped. My heart jumped too, right into my throat. But before I could even take a step back, she was gone!

It wasn't until I spent a few months at my sisters house, that I discovered Emily's fascination with me. My sister walked into her living room where I was sleeping on floor, and found a small girl perched on the sofa. Staring down at me! My sister told me later,

"At first I thought it was my daughter, just as I was about to tell her to go back to bed and leave aunt Kacey alone, she disappeared. I told my husband, 'I think our house guest has a house guest.'"

Could Emily be only a figment of my imagination? Maybe. Maybe not. But I will tell you one thing. Much like the characters running around in our heads, Emily won't be going away any time soon. Her story must be told.

I'll be lurking around the blog all day today. Feel free to ask any questions you have about Emily, and feel free to share any stories of your own!


Lyn Midnight on September 19, 2011 at 10:01 AM said...

I've been getting that ghostly vibe from everywhere lately. On TV, online, and in my dreams. I don't have any ground-breaking stories myself, but I remember my friend's story about her dead grandmother's family portrait, who made her take a whole pack of vitamin C. She ended up in the hospital.

Anyway, if ghosts do exist, I bet Melinda (Ghost Whisperer) is right to say they appear when there's unfinished business. Any idea what Emily could want? This reminds me that I have several young girls nagging me to tell their stories. I wonder if they'll literally materialize and haunt me if I keep them waiting too long. Now that's something to think about.

Thanks for the haunting, I mean post! :P

Ready, Aim, Hook Me on September 19, 2011 at 3:14 PM said...

Thanks for the comment, Lyn. I'm not sure what Emily could want or what she needs from me. (beyond unlimited access to cable which she seems to enjoy watching at all hours of the day and night) I've toyed with the idea of contacting my local paranormal society to find out. Maybe with their help I can figure that out.

Kristin on September 27, 2011 at 12:51 AM said...

I wonder if you live in my old house. Toys would amuse themselves in the closet, doors opened themselves, and a little girl, who was not mine, appeared from time to time. I'm spooked now and should go to bed.

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