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Nov 26, 2020 - Blog    No Comments

Mysterious Beings

I lived in a haunted house when I was a kid, growing up in England. Yeah, I know what you’re thinking… “All kids think their house is haunted.”

But I was not alone – my entire family had the same odd experiences I had, and we all had dreams about the place that were weirdly similar. Even our dog was skitterish inside. One morning I smelled bacon and heard pots and pans being used in the kitchen, things frying, sounds of setting table… all accompanied by a happy conversation of many people. But as I turned the corner to investigate, it all ceased. The stove was cold, everything was in its place. The smell of bacon vanished – instantly.

But I never saw any ghosts, never saw anything move by itself, never found evidence that anything was there to make those sounds or smells. I also never felt any fear. Maybe they were friendly ghosts, like Caspar; or maybe I’m just not the scaring kind. Bwahaha! I’m totally a scare-dy cat.

Still, I’m fascinated by mysterious beings, strange happenings, weird and lovely sights and sounds… but not terrifying, harmful things. You can have the horror and I’ll take the ‘strange but true’.

When my family moved to the States I had an English teacher that was interested in odd things like fire walking in Ceylon, and he taught me to write about what intrigued me, rather than what I thought other people expected me to write.

So I’m interested: have you ever seen a ghost? Had a dream that come true? Felt like someone was watching you, but no one was there? Or does your phone ring and it’s the person you were just thinking about?

This is the world of the Supernatural; a reality where odd happenings cannot be disproved, even when logic dictates, “if you can’t see it, it must not be there”… but what if that’s not true? Can these spirits, ghosts or disembodied souls be trying to tell us something? Can they hurt us? Are they aware of us? Could they be from a different dimension? I don’t have all the answers but sometimes it sure seems like their plans involve us.

If you are so inclined, tell me what you think about the Supernatural, and look for my upcoming book, “A Spirited Wine”.

Niki Chanel

 

Nov 25, 2020 - Blog, Books I Read    No Comments

Hotel Pastis

I have loved everyone of Peter Mayle’s works that I have read, so it was a bit of a nail-biter when it seemed this might be a depressing story. That characters weren’t getting along, deadlines weren’t being met, lives were teetering on this edge, and that. Then something amazing happened; the protagonist did what they wanted to, not what they thought they should.

It is true I normally read about murder or beyond the grave, but once in a while a glass-of-wine book is needed. This one should be at the top of the pile.

As I said on Good read:

Better than a vacation! You can smell the fabulous foods, hear the click, click, click of that woman’s heels on the marble floor, feel the tension of those thieves.. whoa, I’m getting carried away – giving it away. It’s enough to say: Peter Mayle never disappoints.

I love the characters, and wish I could be one of them.

 

 

Originally posted 2018-11-30 00:31:20. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Nov 8, 2020 - Blog    No Comments

NaNoWriMo 2020

Hello again NaNoWriMoers ~

This year I thought I would add a list of some of the music that gives me mental images of what I’m writing, with links so you can join in the fun, if you like. These are YouTube suggestions, and many have their own directions. For me, the common thread is the unseen ‘other(s)’. I can see things in my head fairly clearly, but I don’t always stay on task, so other artists visuals of spirits, memories, or wraiths, are my muses. Thanks, guys! When you’re ready to back to NaNoWriMo.org just tap this link.

2020 has had so many scary things happening, if one wrote about it (and we had not lived through it), readers would not believe it was true. That’s what is so great about fiction; you can make it seem bizarre while you are really telling others the story of your life… without divulging and thing personal because it’s FICTION! So don’t be surprised that some of these tracks are somber, melancholiac, or dark. However, there are bright spots, too, just remember, these are coming from YouTube so there are the occasional ads. This first batch are rather electronic:

Then there’a the basic tunes with vocals:

I’ll have more for you later, but I gotta get back to writing… thanks for stopping by.