Curses: Real or Fantasy

Are curses real? Do they really exist or are they just figments of over active imaginations? Well, I suppose it all depends on how you view a “curse”. If I have an accident on my drive into work today, is it simply an accident ? Or could it be that someone I have offended has placed a curse on me, a hex or a jinx as a way to get even ? Did the dog really leave his squeaky toy on the doorstep or did an evil-doer curse the item and leave it there to be activated when I stepped over it? One thing is for certain, if things start going wrong in the early morning, they tend to worsen as the day grows late. I for one actually believe in curses, but maybe not quite the way we traditionally think of curses.

What about negative energy? How much power does a negative statement have? I knew a man once who seemed to have the worst luck of anyone I had ever met. He told me something his mother said once, “Son, if it was raining soup, you would be holding a fork!” I laughed when he said it, but how true is it? Not sure. . .but he’s dead now.

I met a lady when I lived in Birmingham Alabama who believed that “graveyard” dirt warded off curses as well as brought good luck. She discreetly collected a handful at every funeral she attended. She carried a small bit in a plastic bag hidden in her purse and sprinkled it in her shoes before BINGO every Saturday night. . .I don’t recall whether or not she ever won the jackpot.

I believe that we can bring good things to our lives with positive attitude and by believing that good things will come but what does that say about the person who always expects the worst around every single corner? Could I make that car accident happen by believing that something terrible awaited me down the street? Can we bring sickness and disaster down upon ourselves by owning negative thoughts? If that is possible, maybe we can do that to other people. . .a lot of people think so.

In The Wraith of Carter’s Mill, I wrote about a curse that followed a family through five generations. I heard similar stories as a child, stories of people cursed because of an evil deed committed by a predecessor. These innocent folks were supposedly doomed to pay for the sins of their fathers, and so do my characters. Recently a reader commented to me that she was bothered by my reference to such an unfair curse and that the Wraith in my story gave her nightmares. Although she claims that she does not believe in anything paranormal, I wonder if some small part of her is afraid. . .afraid that curses are real.


C. Evenfall is the author of “The Wraith of Carter’s Mill, available now in paperback and as e-book at Amazon.

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A Haunting Response to an Ad Campaign

I recently ran a social media ad campaign and the response has been overwhelming. Let me just say, that I was completely surprised by the response and even more so by the stories that strangers have shared so freely with me. I boosted the post with a $20 budget and targeted users who were interested in the paranormal using the most pointed tag words I could come up with.

The ad was a simple one, it read :

WANTED

Ghost stories. I want to hear about your personal experiences.
Have you ever witnessed a haunting?
Have you ever seen a ghost?
Do you know anyone who has?

If so, I want to interview you . . .message me

Five hours after the post went up, the responses started pouring in. When the campaign ended, I added another $5 to the budget and found more folks who were willing to talk. I got stories about mysterious voices, photos of ghosts, accounts of hauntings, and ghost sightings ! I met mediums and sensitives and even a couple of witches ! I carefully responded to each person, after all, they had taken the time to answer the ad and they each deserved my acknowledgement, not to mention that I was very excited and interested in each one!

As you can imagine, the ad was also great for that social media page as well, earning me a lot of post likes, page likes and higher than average engagement statistics. Since I am marketing my book, “The Wraith of Carter’s Mill”, on that page, I was thrilled with the results.

I quickly figured out that I could not possibly interview everyone individually, which was a shame really, because 90% of the respondents had GREAT stories to share about their own personal experiences with the paranormal. I was forced to narrow it down to a manageable number. I set to work, late evenings after long work days, to write a set of interview questions unique to the experiences folks had shared with me . . . this proved to be the real challenge.

As I struggled to select questions individually, I asked myself, what would the world like to know about this persons encounter or experience? Unable to answer that one, I decided to fashion the interviews centered around what I wanted to know and BAM, I had a set of questions for each one of the selected.

This experience has taught me so much about the marketing power of social media in today’s world. ( I come from the days when our only social medium was the house phone that hung on the kitchen wall ) It has also enlightened me to the willingness of people to talk about this most fascinating topic ! As a believer myself, and having my own personal experience story, I realize that most of us are hesitant to share, which makes me appreciate these folks and their haunting responses all the more.

C. Evenfall is the author of the Paranormal/Suspense novel, “The Wraith of Carter’s Mill.”

Balancing Writing Time: For Authors who work full-time

If you work a full-time job and still aspire to be an author, you will find that setting aside the time necessary to write your novel presents quite a challenge. After all, there’s still house chores to do, gardening, lawn work, dog baths and a bunch of other stuff that really rack up the minutes, and eat away at your spare time.

Notice, I said spare-time! When I first started writing, it was a hobby, something I did to relax and escape for a while. When I decided to seek out publishing options, I thought, ” Well, I’ll set half my weekend aside for writing”. Something miraculous happened and I actually completed the novel. Yay! I felt wonderful!

Until I realized how much “time” the marketing was going to take. Suddenly my “spare-time” was not enough time to do it all! I’m not twenty anymore and don’t multitask as smoothly as I used to. So, I decided that I would treat marketing for “The Wraith of Carter’s Mill” like a part-time job … second to my full time job of running a business. I quickly realized that my part-time job was absorbing my “spare-time” leaving me very little time for sleep.This was not working for me.

The bottom line is this, if you want to write and you want to promote your work, but you have a full-time job, you must make a schedule. Be realistic with what you expect from yourself and remember that you write because you love it! The following steps are how I am getting myself on track.

  •  Make a list of your marketing goals each week.
  •  Make a realistic schedule for yourself. Consider how much time you can set aside each day for marketing tasks and what time of day is best for you. Try to adhere to your schedule but if you have extra time one day and work ahead on your list, good for you!
  •  Take good notes. I have a notebook handy while I am working on marketing. On it I document what I did and where I stopped. It helps me to restart the next morning right where I left off.
  •  Keep a notebook handy throughout the day if possible. If you’re writing a story, ideas can come along at any time. Jot these down as they occur and when the weekend comes, you’re already halfway to writing a couple of chapters.

Because I run my own business, I have some flexibility in my work schedule … not much but some. So I decided that I would reclaim my weekends, creating “spare-time” in which I could get creative and start my next novel. Creativity does not flow on demand, but all week long I jot down notes, ideas and phrases that come to mind so that when the weekend arrives, I already have the bare bones.

I decided to set aside 2 hours each day for marketing my latest release and I chose early morning. Why did I chose 6am as my marketing time? Because at 6am my business phone is not ringing and I am fresh for the day. Our work day starts at 9am, so I have two hours for answering emails, making inquiries about reviews, posting to my books social media pages etc. with a one hour break in between.

For now, it is working for me. I feel a bit more empowered and less overwhelmed. I am experiencing the joys of writing again and the excitement of promoting my novel “The Wraith of Carter’s Mill”.

I realize that in time, I may have to rethink my writing and marketing schedule, but the important thing is that for the time being, I feel much more organized.

C. Evenfall is the author of “The Wraith of Carter’s Mill” available in paperback at http://www.amazon.com/dp/1503205096

and in e-book format at http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00VIU9YKS.

The Guardians; Second Novella in The Wraith of Carter’s Mill series by C. Evenfall

Shyanne learned in her teens that like the living, the dead would stop talking to you if you ignore them long enough. After the death of her parents, that is precisely what she did. What good was a gift that allowed the dead to speak with her if her own parents could not? For a year after the accident, she waited, waited for one of them to come to her like the others did, longing for just one more chance to tell them that she loved them. They never came.
By high school graduation she had given up all hope of seeing them again and in the place of that missing hope, resentment filled the void. Every time she saw a spirit or heard a voice, she shut it off, refusing it entry like any unwelcome visitor. By the time she finished her first year of college, spirit siting’s were rare, and if she did see one, it usually lurked at a distance, watching her warily until it evaporated. Shyanne was determined to keep it that way.
An incident during her second year at college reveals her secret to an onlooker. Years later, someone who has witnessed her ability to see and speak to the dead, seeks Shyanne out. She must decide whether to use her gifts to help a haunted family. Shyanne must rely upon spectral Guardians to lead her in the right direction, or risk opening the door to a dark entity that has plagued her family for a century.

Coming Soon !

 

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