paranormal

Ghost Hunters Extraordinaire

I’ve been watching these ghost hunter videos on YouTube and some of them are pretty funny. I mean really–you’re supposed to be a big, bad ghost hunter and when you hear or see a door slam all by itself you shit your pants? One of my favorite videos was made by this guy in Saudi Arabia exploring this abandoned house (I think) that’s supposed to be haunted. So this guy is wandering through the house with his camera. Doors start slamming all over the place, swinging back and forth and whatnot while he’s recording so you see all this madness going on. The whole time, he’s breathing like a spent racehorse and screaming prayers. Hilarious. There are lots more like that. I look at these clips and wonder why the hell do they do it if they’re just going to crap their pants the minute the lights start flickering? I dunno–maybe they’re just thrill junkies.

A bunch of posts back, I said I believed in the paranormal. I do. But I also think a lot of what’s labeled as paranormal have more prosaic explanations. Still, it makes me wonder if there really are houses haunted by spirits out there. Like, the house I pass by when on my way to my parents’ place. It’s a beautiful brick house, probably 4-5 bedrooms, nice sized yard. Right now it needs a paint job but that’s neither here nor there. A murder occurred in that house. It was all over the local papers… Continue reading

Do You Believe?

Do you believe in the paranormal? Aw, c’mon–don’t be embarrassed. We’re all friends here.

*Crickets*

Okay–would it help if I told you that I do?

Yes, I’m a firm believer. I’ve never seen a ghost, shadow people, or anything like that, but I’ve had too many weird things happen to me to chalk it up to my imagination. I mean, I’ve got a fabulous imagination–after all, I write fantasy and science fiction. These events, though, just went beyond the pale.

I’ll tell you about a couple of them. I used to live in a place called Silver Spring, a city in Maryland located right on the line dividing Maryland from the District of Columbia. One night, I was supposed to attend a retirement dinner (I was supposed to speak) in Annapolis, also in Maryland. Annapolis is about 40-odd miles from DC, with some of the busiest highways in the region. Anyway, I was late (as usual). I hopped into my Corvette and high-tailed it out of Silver Spring. I reached the highway and got underway. As I drove, I noticed there was hardly any traffic, which was seriously strange as it was only 6 PM, when it should have been really busy with commuters. I took it as a sign of good luck because that meant nobody would be my way. I reached the venue and pulled up to the valet parking station. Rolling down my window, I asked the valet the time, since I wasn’t wearing a watch. He… Continue reading

Dancing As Fast As I Can

Busy, busy, busy. Job. Marketing. Broad Universe. Readying The Underground Second Edition for publication. Writing.

My life has been more than a whirlwind lately–it’s been a damned tornado. Trying to prioritize has been difficult, because everything’s a priority. And I don’t multitask well. In fact, I can’t multitask at all. The only thing that has been on time are the articles for my job. Can’t miss those deadlines–my boss gets upset. And we don’t want to upset the boss…

But…I  will say the marketing has been fun. Right now I’m doing a series of radio shows, talking about life, the universe and everything, and of course about my writing and my books. They’re aired live every Monday at 3 PM Eastern until April 10th. This coming Monday, March 6th, is the 5th installment. I’ll most likely be talking about The Underground Second Edition. I do hope something comes out of this–more interviews, speaking gigs, sales and what not. Of course, one never knows who’s listening to a radio broadcast, if anyone. I really don’t know what kind, or how much of an audience CUTV News Radio has. The host and I could be talking only to ourselves. Here’s the link for the March 6th show:

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/closeuptalkradio/2017/03/06/part-5-cutv-news-radio-welcomes-author-and-publisher-roxanne-bland

But if nothing else, I’ve got some hot new business cards. They have a flash drive with my interviews on it. Just plug it in to your USB drive, and you’re off! Of course, they were outrageously expensive, so I’m pretty selective about who… Continue reading