A Writer's Journey

October 23, 2018

Apologies!

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I’m sorry there was no new entry yesterday. If you follow me on Patreon (which is doubtful judging by all on the zeroes I see on my page), you already know why. My laptop refused to turn on this past weekend. I took it to work and it got diagnosed as being an issue with the AC adaptor. I got it to turn on and work but I definitely need a new AC adaptor before it conks out completely.

Hopefully I can get back on track, so stay tuned! And thanks for your patience!

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October 15, 2018

“The Summoning” (October Short Story #1)

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Luna gathered up all her shopping bags from the backseat of her car, kicking the door closed. She managed to press the lock button with her keys between her fingers as she hurried toward her front door, her arms starting to hurt. After some maneuvering, she got her house key into the lock and unlocked her door. It was a bit difficult to open the door with her hands full of grocery bags but she managed, almost stumbling into her dark and cool house.

She let the bags fall from her hands and land on the floor. As she wiggled her fingers to get the blood flowing into them again, she stepped outside to check her mailbox. Lifting the lid, she pulled out the envelopes inside before returning back to her house and closing the door behind her. It was time to relax at last.

Humming, she put away the frozen items she had bought but left the others for the moment. She padded through her house, up the stairs and into her bedroom. It was time to get out of her suit and change into comfy clothes for the night.

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October 14, 2018

Oops!

Filed under: Announcements,Uncategorized — mackenziew @ 1:44 am
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I apologize–the next part of my short story series was not supposed to post on Saturday. I guess I got the dates wrong when setting it up, thinking I set it up for Sunday instead.

I want to format it and add a picture to it. Hopefully I can get it up for tomorrow (Monday) instead.

Once again, I apologize. If you want to read it, you can check out my Patreon.

October 2, 2018

“The Full Moon” (October Prologue)

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A crisp breeze blew through the trees, rattling the leaves that had yet to fall to the ground. Their rustling sound filled the quiet night, startling an owl who hooted into the inky blackness surrounding the area. It was the only living soul in the area.

A figured cloaked in shadows appeared on the gravel road, walking down it. Though the figure wore boots, there was no crunching of gravel or the sound of footfalls. It was as if the figure glided forward, making its way through the forest as shadows reached out tendrils to it, trying to ensnare it.

The figure stopped by a crystal clear lake in the middle of the woods. Clouds floating overhead parted to reveal the white waxing moon, its light reflected in the water. The figure smiled as it took in the sight. Soon all would be ready.

It was time.

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October 31, 2017

Happy Halloween!

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I delayed this post until today since it’s actually Halloween today! Since it’s Tuesday, I myself went out on Friday night dressed as a vampire queen. I got the costume for New York Comic Con because the dress I got from Hot Topic for my Evil Queen cosplay didn’t fit and the costume’s dress was the closest to Regina’s red dress.

I hope you were able to get out celebrate the holiday but if not, I’ll try to help you a bit with a few ghost stories from my hometown of Staten Island!

Happy Haunts!

The Historic Old Bermuda Inn

It is haunted by the ghost of a former owner, Martha Mesereau, whose husband went to sea and never came back. She is still waiting for him and haunts her house, now a popular catering venue here on Staten Island. I’ve been there several times as I can walk to it but I’ve yet to see Martha. She’s been known to appear to guests as well as fiddle with women’s jewelry. The facility recently underwent some renovations and during them, a painting of Martha that hangs in the building caught on fire mysteriously. It wasn’t destroyed and the singed portrait still hangs. I know the owners as we attend the same church and they are more than happy to share Martha’s story. You just have to ask.

Vanderbilt’s Tomb

Magnate Cornelius Vanderbilt is buried in Staten Island’s Moravian Cemetery and his tomb is well known to us. It is said that if you go to the tomb and take a picture of it, strange things happen. People you don’t know and who weren’t there will appear in the picture or the people who were in the picture will not be there after it is developed. Needless to say, many people have flocked to the tomb so a fence was set up around it. Good luck, then, getting your picture.

The Kreischer Mansion

Like the Old Bermuda Inn, this spooky residence is close to my house. It was built by the Kreischer family, who ran a successful brick factory on the island. Some of their bricks can still be found around town. Unfortunately, the family fell on hard times when the factory burnt down and one of the brothers killed himself. And in recent years, it was discovered that one of the caretakers was a hitman for the Bonanno crime family and had destroyed a man he killed in the house’s furnace. Strange activity has been reported in the house, including red lights spotted in windows. It’s also said that sometimes, late at night, a gunshot can be heard going off inside the house.

St. Andrew’s Cemetery

The cemetery is attached to St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, which is one of the oldest churches on the island. It dates back to 1708, though the current church only dates back to just after the Civil War, and was once led by the grandfather of Elizabeth Ann Seton, who would later convert to Catholicism and became the first American-born saint. Strange phenomenon have been reported both in the church (an organ that plays by itself) as well as the cemetery. One of the lingering spirits is a drummer boy from the Revolutionary War, who appears to people with a bandage on his head and asks for directions to the fort. I’ve also heard stories of a teenage girl who is spotted close to the road, often trying to lure young men in order to find her lost love.

Fort Wadsworth

A former military post, it is now operated by the parks department and open to the public. Located right by the Verrazano Bridge, it offers some amazing views of the Narrows and New York Harbor. My track team and I once took a long run down there but only once. After September 11th, it was used as a staging area and was closed to the public for a while. Strange phenomenon have been reported there. People have experienced time shifts, seeing battlefields and soldiers at war racing around though no battle was ever fought at Fort Wadsworth. People in clothes from earlier times have also been spotted walking around the fort before disappearing.

So there are five more haunted sites on Staten Island. And I’ve just scratched the surface. We have a few more haunted sites I might share next Halloween.

For now, stay safe and protect the black cats. And enjoy your Halloween!

October 31, 2015

Happy Halloween

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I know I usually post on Mondays but I couldn’t resist. It is Halloween!

(Okay, I also missed my Monday deadline).

I’m celebrating tonight. There’s a place in my hometown offering a nice prize ($1000) for best costume and my friend is gearing up to win. I think she could take it. Me? I’m just going to be having fun and making sure I don’t get as drunk as I did last year.

But this post isn’t about my party plans. It’s about other Halloween things. Like ghosts. You know I love ghost stories. So here is another from my hometown:

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October 20, 2014

Ghost Parties

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Over Labor Day weekend, my parents and I went down to Virginia to visit my sister. She moved to Richmond, about 45 minutes away from Williamsburg. We realized we hadn’t been there in a long time and went one of the days we were there. To end our day there, we went on a ghost tour. Our tour guide, who had to wear an eye patch due to a scratched cornea, took us to different locations and shared stories experienced by herself and fellow employees.

One of the stories was about how she came at night with a few friends, one of whom was a medium. At one house, he told his companions that the ghosts were lined up and another ghost was going over the rules of the party. Yep, a party.

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October 29, 2012

The Haunted House: A Short Story

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Happy Halloween!

Every town has THAT house. Old. Decrepit. Creepy. It sits amongst trees that are dead, standing over a yard overgrown with weeds. Shutters swing in the breeze, hanging on by rusted hinges. The paint has chipped away. More shingles lie amongst the weeds than on the roof. At least one window is broken. Dark clouds always seem to hover over the house, situated on a dead end street.

And then there are the stories. A man went mad and murdered his whole family in the house. There’s an old woman who died there and she didn’t want anyone else to live there. One night, the house suffered a fire and a baby died in it. On and on, with a tragic death at the center.

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October 22, 2012

Haunted Hometown!

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Next week is Halloween but there’s a reason I’m doing this post now. You’ll see why next week.

You know how I’m working on a historical fiction YA novel called “The Conference House”? (Yes, I’m still working on it though most things have been place on the backburner due to editing on “The Wedding Game”). Well, the Conference House exists. I used to volunteer as a docent there. At the end of the tour, I would ask if anyone had any questions. I generally got the same five questions:

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October 1, 2011

Calling All Ghost Stories!

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I love a good ghost story! I tried this a few years ago, but now that I’m juggling three blogs, I hope I will get responses this go around.

So, got a good ghost story? Maybe it’s something that happened to you. Or to your roommate’s cousin’s dog’s trainer’s mother. Or perhaps it is town legend.

Whatever it might be, please share! 

Thanks! 

XO

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