Ghost hunting

I’ve always been fascinated with the paranormal. Whether it’s actual spirits or residual energy – ghost hunting was a profession I had wanted to do. However, before the internet became accessible, I was lost as to where to go or how to begin, so I never perused this dream.

Last weekend I got to participate in a ghost hunt with actual paranormal investigators.

https://steelcityparanormal.com/

First they gave us history of the building, Nelles Manor in Grimsby Ont.

http://nellesmanor.ca/ 

Then they discussed the science behind paranormal investigating, and showed us how the equipment works and how to use it.

After listening to them speaking with some spirits we were set free to roam and talk to the spirits ourselves. They even allowed us to take pictures and videos.

I didn’t capture any orbs or spirits in my videos, but I was able to get some words through the spirit box. It’s extremity hard to hear through the phone, but here’s a sample.

I had so much fun that I’ve already reached out to be apart of the next event. Maybe next time I’ll have ghostly photo’s too.

Do you have a true ghost story to tell? Please share in the comments.

 

https://opalescence.store/search?q=natural

 

 

 

EVENT TODAY

Hi everyone, I’m not blogging today because I’ll be attending a Facebook Event.

10am-11am est.

So if you wake up and get this, come check it out.

There will be hundreds of authors over the course 5 days, 24 hours a day, so you can pop in at any time. Meet people, chat and buy some books.

Let’s interact and have fun!

 

https://www.facebook.com/events/565616523906689/

 

Look beyond the book.

Never undervalue a book. Even if you don’t care for the writing style, story, or genre, because writers work harder than you can imagine.

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First, we must have an idea and cultivate that into the form of a story.

We spend hours upon hours putting words on the page, trying to form sentences that convey the pictures in our heads, into pictures in your head.

Those hours turn into months of work – or even years.

And that’s only the first draft.

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Now we must read, delete, re-write, edit and write again.

We do this two, three, even four times, before sending it to a professional editor.

Editors are not cheap! For example, let’s say there’s an editor at .01 cent per word, the book is 50,000 words (and that’s a novella not even a novel at 100,000 words) the 50,000 words equals $500.00 cash. Generally, in USD as well, and if you’re not American, it translates to an additional couple hundred dollars in exchange.

Now we re-write, return to the editor, re-write some more, for three rounds. If the writer is happy with three rounds and ready to publish.

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Now we need a cover. We can make our own free and hope it’s not too crappy, or pay an artist. There are too many options and prices here to list, but know this is an additional expense.

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Finally, we load it up to publish and sit back – oh wait – no, we don’t.

We must spend more hours, (of which we’d rather be writing) and market the snot out of the book we just finished. Again, there are free ways and costly ways, but the hours always cost us. They take time away from our families, time away from other projects, time away from just chilling and enjoying the moment.

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Know that when you find a book online for the price of a cup of coffee, or less, you can’t bulk at it, for it costs us a hell of a lot more to put it out there for you.

Also think of this when you’re done reading and can’t be bothered to leave a review. Reviews help us be seen and understand what our readers want.

If you want to show your support to art, join the Facebook event happening in Feb. Join “Our Books Are Not Free” and met hundreds of amazing writers from all genre’s in one great place.

https://www.facebook.com/events/565616523906689/

The Overwhelming Side of Writing

When anyone decides to start writing and self-publish the one thing no one ever tells you – unless you stumble across a blog such as this – is how easy it is to become engulfed tasks that feel unwriterly!

Yes, I made up a word, deal with it.

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I have many balls in the air. It’s my personal preference though; I like having different projects to work on otherwise I get bored. I have a novel in progress, a biography in progress, an online magazine contribution to make, my weekly blog (Hi), and reading indies to review. Then there is social media contact multiple times a day and always marketing in various area’s. I do also work full-time on top of all the above. Luckily my child is an adult now so I can do it all.

 

 

The marketing side of writing alone can be overwhelming. Which site is going yield the best results? seo-3007488_1920
Do I pay or not pay?

 

 

job-interview-156130Doing interviews. Hosting events. Going to actual live events.

 

 

 

                                                                  Meet and greets. alcohol-1281704_1920

 

 

 

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And constantly creating ads, video’s or podcasts. All to keep the writing machine liquid.

 

 

 

 

 

                                                Where’s the time to write?

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In order not to become lost in all the tasks, it’s usually a good idea to have a schedule. That helps focus on the important now, and not get all crazy-brained.

 

calendaarGoogle calendar can help with that. It’s also a good tool if you are submitting to calls for stories, to keep track of when they post their acceptances. Because if you create story after story and submit as I do, you want to know when they end – to either post elsewhere or celebrate a win.

 

 

 

And as long as you don’t have a contracted deadline, it’s okay to occasionally take a vacation from all of it! 59c4ad25-bade-41bc-9516-85d5b328ee1a.jpg

Until next week, happy writing folks, Theresa Jacobs

http://theresajcbs.wixsite.com/authorpage

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