Where my aunt lives, there is a military camp. Behind the walls of the camp is a Banyan (also known as Peepal in Hindi) tree. As she was sitting on her roof on a beautiful sunshine filled winter day, she saw someone or something climbing the branches of the tree. She knew it wasn't one of the soldiers as it wasn't wearing a uniform and no one else seemed to see it. It frightened her and she felt that it was an evil spirit climbing in that tree. She ran from the roof and into her room in no time flat. This happened sometime ago.
I used to live in a big house and every time I came out of the bathroom or my bedroom I would bump into a blond woman wearing a white nightgown. This happened for months before my mom told me she would also bump into the woman and thought she was me. We looked at one another, surprised that we'd been seeing the same thing and then had the same thought: We had a ghost in the house.
My family once lived in a big house in north central Arkansas. One this particular day, my nephew was over and we were playing hide and seek. I was hiding in the office that connected to the living room. He couldn't find me, so I jumped out and scared him. He ran into the kitchen and I followed him. I was completely out of the office and one the other side of the living room close to the kitchen when I heard something behind me. I turned just in time to see the antenna come off the TV and come flying towards me. It hit me in the eye before I could react. I was scared to be in the living room by myself after that. This wasn't my first experience in that house. I had always felt that there was something in the house but after the antenna incident, I felt that whatever was there was after me for some reason.
Marie F from Arkansas
Thanks, Marie, for sharing. That would have scared me for sure as well!
With Halloween right around the corner, I made a call among my friends for their true ghost stories. So far, I have four stories, including one of my own.
Now I present to you the first of these stories
ICE QUEEN'S FROZEN WORDS
TRUE GHOST STORIES
I worknight security in a government building that is over 100 years old. I've had several experiences I can't explain. Including one I had very recently.
One night as I was doing my rounds long after the cleaning crew had left for the night, I unlocked and entered one of the offices to check it... and walked face first into a mist of perfume. I could still see the mist particles in my flashlight's beam as if it had just been sprayed. Unperplexed, I simply said, "That's a nice scent. What is that?" Of course, I didn't get an answer back. At least that I heard.
Yes, I said it! Wondering what prompted such a title?
Stupid Hunger Games "fans"
I consider myself a fan of the series but jeeze, people, if you read the book like you claimed, then it shouldn't surprise you when they cast a character based on the description in the book.
Quick synopsis: The Hunger Games takes place in a future after the US has crumbled and the lands that one made up the US is renamed Panem and divided into 13 Districts surrounding a Capital. After a huge rebellion, District 13 is destroyed and the Capital, to keep the remaining Districts in line, starts the Hunger Games. This requires each District to supply two Tributes, a boy and a girl between 12 and 18, that are randomly selected to fight each other to the death. 24 go in. 1 comes out.
In the book, both Rue, a 12 year old Tribute from District 11 and her male counter part (not sure of his age) are described as having "dark brown skin and eyes"* (Cinna's, Katniss's Stylist, skin isn't mentioned in the book so he was free range)
In the movie, Rue is played by Amandla Stenberg (Columbiana). Thresh is played by Dayo Okeniyi (this is his first major film) and Cinna is played by Lenny Kravitz (yes the "American Woman" singer)
Enter the so-called fans
They are all upset because the three characters are played by black actors. Uh, were you not paying attention when you read the book? Now When I read the book, I actually pictured Cinna as black. But I digress.
But the reactions of all these people to the fact that *gasp* a black character is portrayed by a *gasp* black actress is just flipping ridiculous. Who cares? The characters in the book were portrayed exactly how the author described them. Usually people are throwing hissy fits because a book to film isn't like the book. But they're throwing fits because a beloved character is black.
I love little Rue. She's such a sweetheart and such an innocent character. Tears are shed over this little girl, yours truly included. And it upsets people because this little girl they cried over is black?
No I didn't really die but I have had a lot of things going on since Dec. A bit of a computer problem didn't help things at all.
Starting around Nov and Dec I had a bit of a problem with my computer freezing at the worst times. Like in the middle of making a post for my other blog or working on my newest project. Turned out I was over working my poor computer. YouTube still doesn't work as well as I'd like with a lot of buffering but hey at least it stopped freezing.
Nov and Dec was also the start of the Hoiday traveling season. We also saw a lot of critters that were eating stuff they weren't supposed to. By the time I got home during those months, I was way too tired to blog. I barely working on my book.
Jan and Feb I focused on my book, mostly. Feb was also when we found out the apartments my husband and I rented were income based and, surprise!, we made to much to continue living there. You can imagine the stress that caused. After a little bout of "Woe is me" and my sisters and brothers (I love you guys) helping me through that tough time when I lost faith in myself, we found a lovely apartment about a mile away from where we had been living. I miss the neighbors we had but hopefully we'll meet some knew friends. I did meet the neighbor that lives to the left of us and she seems very nice.
So here we are in March. Still a bit on the exhausted and stressed side but things are looking up. I'm slowly getting back to work on my book and I'll be setting up some book signings soon.