Monday, May 24, 2010

.. and the next thing

This...

Go Elana! If you've somehow missed the fantabulous news, Elana Johnson sold her book Control Issues. Go here to check out her story. And find out about the amazing contest she's holding in celebration!

Elana is one of those folks - you know the kind. She's fun and funny. Kind and honest. Smart with a heart of gold. Her book is going to completely rock! Congrats Elana - we'll all be in line to buy your book when it comes out!

That...

It's a long weekend up here in Canada. Happy Victoria Day to my fellow Canadians :)

Most of my family was out of the house (fishing, camping, golfing...) for most of the weekend, so I got a ton of work done on my Steampunk! I finished a really big revision round. Now I'm going to dive back in and see if I can add some of those little details I keep missing (see last post if you're confused).

And the Next Thing...

I've got more thanking to do!

The lovely Lisa Gibson awarded me the AwesomeSauce award. This is a wonderful award - and came with a really amazing message. Thanks so much Lisa!

Al over at Publish or Perish tagged me. If you want to see my answers, click here. Al has the most amazing photographs from Down Under. You've got to check out his site!

Mari Juniper over at Mari's Randomities awarded me the Creative Liar Award. With a twist. Thanks Mari :)

Here are my 4 spooky lies with my 2 spooky truths mixed in.

1. My school is haunted. When I'm in at work on the weekend - I often hear footsteps coming down the hall. At first I thought it was the boiler. Nope. I've called out assuming it was another teacher. Nope. Footsteps stop. And nothing.

2. I once lived in a haunted house. We only saw her a few times - when we came home late at night. We leave the stove light on when we're out, so we saw her (wearing an old-fashioned bonnet) silhouetted in the kitchen window and on the stairs.

3. I had a premonition once. I dreamt my school bus would be in an accident outside of Burger King and I would lose my leg. Called my friend and told her about it. She laughed and made me feel ridiculous. So I got on the bus. We had an accident. Outside of Burger King. But I only twisted my ankle in the fall. Thankfully no one was really hurt.

4. We had a dog growing up who barked at the chimney, but only during thunderstorms. We thought it was odd, but nothing spooky. Until some of the bricks fell off during one really bad storm. During the repair process, human bones were found. The police never did figure it out, and the cold case is still on file here.

5. A year after my dad died, my mom & sister & I went to scatter his ashes. On the way up to the spot, 6 of his favourite songs played on the radio. Including the one he asked me to sing for him shortly before he died. These are not popular songs that you normally hear on the radio and they are not all the same style (country, easy listening, rock, jazz).

6. My mom grew up next to some woods in Scotland. Gypsies visited on a regular basis. Some of the neighbours weren't always kind to the gypsies. One neighbour tried to have his way with one of the young women and found himself the victim of the evil eye. In the next few months he lost his job, broke his arm and his wife died.

Okay - so I'll never write horror! But it was fun :)

So any of this ... or that to add?

90 comments:

  1. Wow, those are spooky. I can't figure out which ones are true. The dog one? I'm guessing the Burger King story too.

    ReplyDelete
  2. Great news about Elana for sure! And you're so very welcome.

    ReplyDelete
  3. Happy Victoria Day!

    Elana is just a wonderful person -- I'm sure her book will rock.

    Ooh, I'm having such a difficult time guessing which ones are truths. 3 and 6?

    ReplyDelete
  4. Thanks Mary - I feel better - they all sounded just a little silly as I wrote them :) I'll let you know next post!

    ReplyDelete
  5. Lisa - thanks again - you're such a sweetie!

    ReplyDelete
  6. Sandy - Elana is such a sweetie - it's so nice to hear about her news :)

    I'm glad they were hard to guess!

    ReplyDelete
  7. Not going to even try to guess!
    Glad you got a lot done this weekend.

    ReplyDelete
  8. Alex - thanks :) It felt good to get stuff done. This is a crazy time of year for me so it was a nice surprise!

    ReplyDelete
  9. Ohhh... I'm going to wait to find out the truth.

    And I'm so happy for Elana- she definitely deserves a book deal!

    ReplyDelete
  10. Stephanie - I'm so excited for her - it's such a thrill :)

    ReplyDelete
  11. Those are great stories Jemi! You may have a horror in you yet! Maybe #6 is true? I think Ireland was more popular for their gypsies, though! Hope you had a great holiday!

    ReplyDelete
  12. Thanks Lynn. I'm way too much of a wimp to write horror - The Shining still haunts my dreams :)

    It was a great day - very relaxing and productive - hope yours is the same!

    ReplyDelete
  13. I haven't seen the Awesome Sauce award. That's hysterical!

    ReplyDelete
  14. KM - Isn't it wonderful! Lisa did a great job with it :)

    ReplyDelete
  15. A happy fun post, pleased about Elana, also congrats on your awards. it's lovely to recieve awards now and again.

    Take care.
    Yvonne.

    ReplyDelete
  16. Thanks Yvonne - it's nice to be able to spread a little bit of good news now and again :)

    ReplyDelete
  17. I guess, #3 @ #5 are true.

    Congrats on your awards, sis!

    *Applause* for the lovely Elana. Brilliant news!

    ReplyDelete
  18. I hope #5 is true and #6 isn't.

    I'm happy for Elana. I can't believe she kept it under wraps for three months. From her posts, I never would've suspected.

    ReplyDelete
  19. Thanks sis!

    I'll 'reveal' the truths next post - we'll have to wait and see.

    Yay Elana! :)

    ReplyDelete
  20. Theresa - I agree - Elana was great at keeping it all quiet for so long - that would be so hard!

    ReplyDelete
  21. 5 is definitely true, and maybe 3. Well, that's my guesses.

    ReplyDelete
  22. Terra - thanks for the guesses! I'll let you know next post! :)

    ReplyDelete
  23. Wow Jemi, you might not want to write horror, but you sure are a good liar, heh. (excellent trait for a storyteller, mind ;)

    I'd go for #1 and #5, but #3 sounds kind of likely to be a truth too... Let's wait for the revelation then. Thanks for accepting the spooky challenge dear! :D

    Also, many congrats on your awards, and, wow, cheers for Elana! I'm heading for her blog now.

    Ah, Happy Victoria Day! (whatever this means *foreign puzzlement* lol)

    ReplyDelete
  24. Thanks Mari!

    Horror scares the pants off me - I'm way too much of a wimp :)

    LOL - Victoria is after Queen Victoria - from Britain quite a while back. Canada's still part of their commonwealth. So we get her birthday off! :)

    ReplyDelete
  25. WOW...your a really good liar! I'm clueless (no snide remarks). Can't wait to hear which ones are true!

    ReplyDelete
  26. OMG that Burger King/school bus/leg dream!!! Spooky!!!

    ReplyDelete
  27. DL - thanks!... I think :)

    And don't worry - I'm clueless so much of the time I'd never make any remarks :)

    ReplyDelete
  28. Thanks Agnes! I hope they come across as at least a little bit spooky! :)

    ReplyDelete
  29. Congrats on the awards, well deserved. Heard the news about Elana's book. Definitely time to do the happy dance. Looking forward to finding out the truths.

    Happy Victoria Day.

    Mason
    Thoughts in Progress

    ReplyDelete
  30. I'm going with 1 and 3 as the truth, although I enjoyed reading about all of them!

    ReplyDelete
  31. I think the true ones are #1 and #5 - I'm so sure about number 5 being true that well I'd...I don't know what I'd do if I was wrong. Cry. I'm very competitive. OK, that's a lie.
    what fun making things up, eh? As if we were, uh, writers?

    ReplyDelete
  32. Thanks Mason - Elana's news is fabulous :)

    ReplyDelete
  33. Aubrie - thanks for the guesses - I'll reveal the truths next post :)

    ReplyDelete
  34. Jan - you're so funny - nearly covered my laptop with Earl Grey! I won't keep you in suspense too long :)

    ReplyDelete
  35. I have no idea which is true and which isn't... but they're all spooky!

    ReplyDelete
  36. I never do guess these right. Because on writer blogs, the writers make them all sound true! We're all such good liars!

    ReplyDelete
  37. Congratulations to Elana.

    I'm really hoping one is a lie if it isn't I wouldn't work late at your school!!!!

    ReplyDelete
  38. Impossible to decide which are lies, Jemi, but I'm guessing 5 and 6 are true.
    Karen

    ReplyDelete
  39. Jemi,

    I loved your truths and lies. I'm such a sucker, I believe everything people tell me so these games are really tough.

    I'll just have to wait for the big reveal!

    ReplyDelete
  40. Congrats on your awards! Wow those are super spooky... I would say #5 and #1 *could* be true. Can't wait to find out which ones are!

    ReplyDelete
  41. India - Good to hear - I'm glad it wasn't as easy as I thought :)

    ReplyDelete
  42. Karen - thanks... I think! You're right - we all do lie well. Funny but true :)

    ReplyDelete
  43. Alexa - yeah - Elana's news is great! Glad to hear it sounds spooky :)

    ReplyDelete
  44. Thank you for the shout out! You are too kind.

    Congrats on the awards!

    ReplyDelete
  45. Wow - this is tough. I'm going to say your truths are #3 and #6. Can't wait to find out the real answers!

    ReplyDelete
  46. Karen W - thanks for guessing :) It was fun to make them up!

    ReplyDelete
  47. Cat - I know how you feel - it seems I never guess right!! I'll let you know soon :)

    ReplyDelete
  48. Thanks Julie - I'm glad I could make up at least a few respectable lies :)

    ReplyDelete
  49. Thanks Elana - and you're welcome! It's such exciting news :)

    ReplyDelete
  50. Susan - I'm glad you had a hard time! It's a bit 'spooky' trying to make up stuff like this :)

    ReplyDelete
  51. Yay Elana! And Yay for long weekends! Super cool - except I worked all weekend.
    Congrats on all your awards!

    ReplyDelete
  52. I'm not good at telling the truth from the false stuff! Thanks for getting my mind to work on this! Awesome awards and congrats to Elana as well!

    ReplyDelete
  53. Terry Lynn - thanks :)

    I love long weekends - and I only went into school for 1 day! I hope you get a better weekend coming up! :)

    ReplyDelete
  54. Thanks Jessica - yeah - I'm really not good at guessing other people's lists either!

    ReplyDelete
  55. Jemi, I have no idea which is truth or not. They all sound very intriguing, I hope that I don't hurt your feelings or anything by saying this, but you'd make one awesome paranormal writer! Really...
    I can't wait to hear which is the truth. Then I'll ask my next questions! :D

    ReplyDelete
  56. You're good. I couldn't tell. It is great about Elana's book. I hope we read the same about you, too. :0)

    ReplyDelete
  57. yay for the awards.
    Thats great news about your book - great to have some time to get focused.

    ReplyDelete
  58. Elizabeth - on the contrary - that makes me feel great! Thanks :) I'll reveal the truths next post!

    ReplyDelete
  59. Thanks Kathi! That's such a sweet thing to say. I'm not nearly that far along in the process, but hopefully some day! :)

    ReplyDelete
  60. Thanks Michelle! I was thrilled - this is a nutty time of year for me and I wasn't expecting to get anything much done this month, so I'm happy :)

    ReplyDelete
  61. Jemi - that was AWESOME! You should totally write horror. I have no idea, but I'm going to guess that #5 is true because youa re specific about the type of music. I'm not very good at this though.

    ReplyDelete
  62. Happy Victoria Day! It's wonderful you were able to get so much work done on your project. Revisions are painful enough without having to add a long, drawn out process to the mix. ;)

    Congrats also on your awards!

    ReplyDelete
  63. Ok, so you have totally freaked me out! I don't even want to think about which ones might be true!

    ReplyDelete
  64. Are you kidding me?! You are amazing at lying with spookiness. I'm all a heeby-jeebed.

    I'm rarely right, but I'm going to guess #3. Just because.

    Congrats on the awards and happy Victoria Day from Arizona!

    ReplyDelete
  65. Lisa Gail - thanks - you never know - maybe one of these days... :)

    I'll let you know soon!

    ReplyDelete
  66. Kimberly - thanks! It's always nice when a revision chunck goes well, isn't it! :)

    ReplyDelete
  67. Thanks Talli :) I'm glad they didn't sound too lame - you never know with things like that! :)

    ReplyDelete
  68. Thanks Jackee - these horror things were more fun than I expected - maybe one day... :)

    ReplyDelete
  69. I like these horror stories! Hard to tell which are true and which aren't. I'm guessing #3 and #6 are true.

    ReplyDelete
  70. Thanks Shelley - glad it wasn't super easy to guess :) I'll let you know next post!

    ReplyDelete
  71. The spooky stories are all pretty good. You should expand them into larger stories.

    Lee
    Tossing It Out

    ReplyDelete
  72. Thanks Lee - I've never thought of writing spooky stuff - I'm such a wimp :)

    ReplyDelete
  73. Umm maybe #3 and #6?? I already give you props on them! It must have taken quite the work!!!

    Awesomesauce award is so flippin sweet!

    Congrats to Elana and all her awesomeness!

    ReplyDelete
  74. Thanks Jen! It was fun to do!

    I've so happy for Elana :)

    ReplyDelete
  75. Congrats all around. And yes, spooky indeed. :)

    ReplyDelete
  76. Thanks Kimberly - and I'm so relieved the snippets ended up at least a little spooky :)

    ReplyDelete
  77. Woot Elana! Such love around the blogosphere this week! Congrats on the awards too ;o)

    Hmm. Those are awesome truths/lies. I have no idea. I'm going with one of the truths is the one about hearing the songs about your dad. The other is... the one where you lived in a haunted house... can't wait to hear which is which!!

    ReplyDelete
  78. Thanks Erica - there has been a lot of good news lately. It's so encouraging for those of us who aren't at that stage yet! :)

    ReplyDelete
  79. I don't know which are spooky truths and which are spooky lies, but they're all spooky!

    Congrats on the award. It's quite ketchy (ketchup...get it?). Okay, it's early here and my brain's not in full gear yet.

    Helen
    Straight From Hel

    ReplyDelete
  80. I don't know what's a lie and what's truth, but I do know better than to mess with Gypsies.

    Stephen Tremp

    ReplyDelete
  81. Great news for Elana.

    As for the turhs, ooh I'm stumped.

    ReplyDelete
  82. I know you probably already got this but I left you something on my blog cuz I luv ya!

    ReplyDelete
  83. Helen - lol -- It's now late and I think it's hysterical :) Love it!

    ReplyDelete
  84. Stephen - lol :) Always good to be careful!

    ReplyDelete
  85. Lindsay - thanks :) And I'm so glad for Elana!

    ReplyDelete
  86. Lisa Gail - Awww - thanks - I'll pop on over! :)

    ReplyDelete
  87. Jemi, you won prize pack #2!!! Check my blog for the details. Congratulations! :)

    ReplyDelete
  88. Wow! Thanks TK! I'll pop right on over :)

    ReplyDelete