Category: The Paranormal

  • Paranormal Utopia

    While my original intent was to consider dragons, considering the kind of week it’s been, I’ve decided I wanted to look at why I love paranormals and their magical powers, especially writing them. Because I get to be a god. Okay, so that was a bit short, hmm? 😉 Let me explain. See, life is…

  • Lodestone: Show Me The Way!

    This lumpy little piece of rock is my lodestone. I bought it because I like the idea of the lodestone leading you where you need to go and attracting good fortune to my life. And I thought, hey, for $1, why not? The name “lodestone” goes back to Middle English, and means “course stone” or…

  • Medieval and Ancient Monsters

    Wow! I wish I could have taken this class. Sounds like fun! I have some monsters for you. 😉 I happened upon this website: List of Medieval and Ancient Monsters. Here be dragons! And glowing bird. (See Ercinee) And humorous monsters (see Gryllus). Or white feathery people (see Hsien — ooh! They’re calling for a…

  • The Pig-Faced Woman: Found it!

    Have you ever found a little tidbit of research only to completely forget where or when you saw it? What you have here has eluded me for months. I originally read of this legend in Captain Rees Howell Gronow’s reminiscences. Behold: The pig-faced lady.  I finally found word of it (and was jumping up and…

  • Myth as Paranormal Fact?

    Hey, look at this – I’m actually posting when I’m supposed to, instead of late! (Yes, we’ll see how long this lasts). Anyway, today’s post was inspired by a posting by Aaron Sagers – it may well inspire a few posts. It’s rather cute and interesting, so here’s the link: “Top 10 Paranormal Myths” by…

  • Some Recommended Reads

    Okay, so I’m fresh out of monsters today – or monstrous research (don’t worry, I’ll have more soon.) So, thought I’d share some of the great reads I’ve been enjoying this summer. First up, Amanda Steven’s Graveyard Queen series. I started with The Kingdom. Second in the series, and my favorite even after reading the…

  • The Magical Power of Words

    As a writer, it’s my job (and pleasure) to combine and reorder words, occasionally even make them up (that’s totally fun, trust me!). But occasionally I am struck by the very power of words, and almost fear them. You know when you have that research book about demons with creepy incantations (yes, by now you…

  • Ghosts and Shivers

    What is it about a good ghost story we can’t resist ? Yesterday I sat outside, reading ghost stories and shivering on my front step (the weather was more like late September than late July). Ridiculous? Absolutely, and yet inside, in the six-year-old house my husband and I literally built with our own two hands,…

  • Random Scribblings pt 1: Potential Paranormal Villains

    Do you have one of those weird books where you scribble down random research notes or thoughts that occur to you for the next book, potential characters, interesting species? I do. It’s a mess of a thing (I’m going to get more organized, I swear … one of these days). But, it does provide for…

  • Do you Believe? Normal vs Paranormal

    Do you believe in magic and the paranormal? Do you believe the ghost stories you’ve heard are true? Do you search for fairies? What about monsters? Do you believe in witches and sorcerers? Do you believe in powers like telepathy, prophecy, and others? Do you believe there is some other explanation for some events that…