history

A Brief History of Haunted Mirrors and Photos

It's an old trope that gets trotted out this time of year. Walk through any Halloween decor section at your favorite shop, and you'll probably find a creepy plastic frame on a mirror that makes noises when you walk by, or flashes a ghostly image at the push of a button. There are even decals… Continue reading A Brief History of Haunted Mirrors and Photos

history

Spiritualism During WWI

Ghost stories have been part of our popular consciousness from ancient times. The Greeks, the Romans, the Egyptians, the Celts, and the Mesopotamians all believed the spirits of the dead could return to earth. In China and Mesoamerica major festivals evolved around honoring and pleasing the dead. From the Vikings to ancient India, Africa to… Continue reading Spiritualism During WWI

writing

The Last Ghost of Charleston

I promise, this is my last post about the trip. 🙂 Aside from tours, we also spent a lot of time writing (well...it was a writing workshop.) The following is a free writing exercise based on one of our prompts--to imagine ourselves as a ghost. Thus, the following creepy little narrative was born. Enjoy! I… Continue reading The Last Ghost of Charleston

travel

Susan’s Ghost

St. Philip's Church in Charleston is home to the oldest congregation in the city, established in 1838. It boasts a soaring bell tower and columns in addition to a stone and iron fence surrounding both it's graveyards--yes, that's right, it has two. One, adjacent to the church, is (historically) for those of old Charleston families,… Continue reading Susan’s Ghost

travel

Charleston

I'm back! The trip was wonderful, if exhausting. I drove down with my mom, since she's always wanted to see the city. Google told us it would be 10 hours, but it ended up being 15 after traffic. I was dead tired by the time we got to our hotel. The only thing sustaining me… Continue reading Charleston

books, knitting

Character Aesthetics: Micha

Continuing my series of posts of patterns that make me think of my characters, today we have Micha. If you'd like to see Evie's collection, you can find it here. As you can imagine, having a book set in Canada means knitwear is a pretty big part of my characters' wardrobes. Especially since Evie, the… Continue reading Character Aesthetics: Micha