[Brief Words] 2015 Throwback: When Lindy Spencer Took Over

Once again, my ninja skills have served me well. Another unmanned blog to take over! Muahahaha!

Hi, my name is Lindy Spencer, and I’m an author. I write everything karmic, psychologically thrilling, and – breaking news – I even write children’s books! Who knew, right? I know! Spinne the Spider is a story I came up with recently, and I’m excited for it to come out for the kids in my life to read. Heck, the kids in your life might even enjoy an adventure with Spinne the six-legged spider.

Anyway, that’s not what I want to talk about. I’m here because the door was unlocked, and, well, I do takeovers when bloggers aren’t looking, and today I’m focused on where we are with where we thought we’d be when we were asked that question in high school.

Me, personally, well, I’m so far removed from where I thought I’d planned well enough to be… I can’t even see the white picket fence from here. That’s okay, though. The white picket fence wasn’t my destiny. I can totally work with that! I planned to be married (that happened, didn’t work) with children (check, check) and live in a cute little cottage home (yeah, no) with a white picket fence (splinters are my enemies) and a yappy little dog (the neighbor has several, glad I dodged that particular bullet!). Instead, I am now re-married (to Amazing Husband, who is awesome), have the two children (lights of my life) who have given me a horde of grands (which I lovingly refer to collectively as ‘Skittles’), a home that is my refuge, and Super Smart Dog (who is bigger than a yappy puppy).

Way back when they asked where we thought we’d be in ten years I am not sure I would have made it to where I am now had I known then what was coming. Life is funny that way, isn’t it? It’s like someone in the Planning Department has a twisted sense of humor. Probably why I have one as well!

Anyway, that’s what’s on my mind. If you want to drop me a line and let me know how life has turned out for you compared to how you thought it would turn out, I’m pretty easy to find. Either through my website, www.LindySpencer.com, or over on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/LindySpencer.Author. Oh, and I’m easily stalk-able on Twitter, though not as prevalent there… http://twitter.com/_Lindy_Spencer.

Thanks for hanging out with me for a minute! I just heard a car door slam, which means they’re probably back… I’m going to use my ninja skills to sneak out the back door – don’t mention my name, okay? Later, Lovelies! *waves*


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The Veil: Skinwalkers by Rob Shepherd

The Native American legend of the shape-shifting Skinwalker takes on many and various forms from tribe to tribe, however most tribes seem to agree on the basic appearance of the Skinwalker. The appearance across tribes as a deformed, almost animalistic form with a scarred facial features and blazing orange to red eyes is common.

The legend of the entity we know today as ‘the Skinwalker’ has largely been relegated to a hoax and that of pop culture and media, including film and TV and being employed in scary pasta stories in the online media. After all, for most people it is hard to imagine that a humanoid figure has been or can be transformed into a four-legged animal entity that terrorizes families, mostly in the American Southwest. However unscientific the legend may be, the Navajo Skinwalker has deep roots in American lore.

So what is a Skinwalker? Translated from Navajo, yee naaldlooshii, it literally means “by means of it”, “it goes on all fours” yee naaldlooshii is described as one of a variety of Skinwalker that exist within Navajo lore. The Pueblo, Apache and Hopi peoples all have their own legends that involve the Skinwalker.

In tradition, some believe that Skinwalker are born through selfish or benevolent actions of a medicine man who abuses their indigenous magic for selfish or even evil intentions. These can vary from tribe to tribe and depending on which tradition is observed. However, one thing that all tribal traditions and lore mention is the ability to transform from a human into an animal or for an animal to metamorphose into something more human in some capacity. Medicine men however are the key figures who turn into Skinwalkers.

The Navajo Legends site quotes that those who have “attained the highest level of priesthood in the tribe, but chose to use his or her power for evil” are candidates for the change. Rituals form an essential part of not only Native American life, but the lives of Skinwalkers as well. Ancient ceremonies are performed in caves, with an elder positioned as leader of the group. They engage in dark practices referred to collectively as the “Witchery Way”. So how do potential Skinwalkers gain their powers? The details of this are fairly grim to behold. Family members are prime targets, thus in order to be initiated, the medicine man or ‘warped woman’ must kill a sibling, or someone in their close family circle.

In some cases, in tradition it is also believed that men, women, and even children can all become Skinwalkers according to their actions, should they commit evil acts, act with evil intentions, ambitions of greed and selfishness, or succumb to deep-rooted desires of various taboo nature to the tribe’s moral codes. After inheriting the malevolence, individuals are then said to display a range of physical abilities through the animals they become or transform into. Navajo Legends mention how they are typically seen in the forms of a coyote, owl, fox, wolf, or crow—although they are also said to have the ability to turn into any animal that they so choose or desire to be. Transformations will occur at night, and according to native lore, other creatures can also be controlled by Skinwalkers. Tribe members also may fear being set upon in the darkness by an army of sharp-clawed servants when Skinwalkers are present.

Skinwalkers are often described as being mostly animalistic physically when in a human form and are claimed to be all but invincible, even immortal, especially in their Animal forms, death only being achieved against them should they be shot with a bullet or if they are stabbed with a special knife or spear dipped in white ash.They are reportedly near-impossible to kill. They can also assume control over other humans, even possessing them through eye contact, especially prolonged eye contact, Eyes being an important part in Skinwalker lore. In a juxtaposition, the Skinwalker is said to possess human eyes when in animal form and animal eyes when in their human form.

According to reports, Skinwalkers have been known to rummage around in gravesites. This is reported in part, to steal whatever’s inside, but allegedly, it is also in an attempt to extract a powder from corpses. This powder is then said to be used in order to poison people. A tribe member who falls sick may then wonder if they had ever crossed paths with a Skinwalker at some point.

“These witches live on the unexpired lives of their victims and they must continually kill or perish themselves.”

Legends of America

“Those who do track a Skinwalker and learn of their true identity must pronounce the name of the evil one in full. Once this happens, the Skinwalker will get sick or die for the wrongs they have inflicted against others.”

Navajo Legends

Little else is known about the Skinwalker. This is much to do with the private nature of Native peoples and the reluctance of the Navajo and other tribes to discuss them, even amongst themselves and other tribes. Common traditional belief is that even mentioning them, or merely of the malevolent nature of the entity, should bring about the appearance of them even more probable and could even summon them. Even if the entity does not show, it is believed that the talk would cause only but bad luck for all peoples concerned if not the tribe or entire tribes themselves.

When JK Rowling used Skinwalker entities in her series, it is believed that this mere action in written fiction affected indigenous peoples, who strongly believe in the existence of the Skinwalker and operate their lives according to the belief in how their actions and that of others has repercussions, especially in vanity, greed and selfishness, thus the use of the entity that is the Skinwalker or yee naaldlooshii in written text, whether that be factual or not is included in that and has made their appearance or existence, now a certainty, likely to adversely affect their lives and wellbeing. Especially when used in fiction, as this is seen as using the name or entity with disregard and disrespect, even as much as complacent and arrogance of the entity’s powers.

What happens when Rowling pulls this in, is we as native peoples are opened up to a barrage of questions about these beliefs. But these are not things that we need to nor should be discussed.

Adrienne Keene – Native American Author & Historian

In 1996, a couple were rudely introduced to the legend of the Skinwalker after incredible, inexplicable and downright terrifying incidents began occurring on their newly purchased ranch. Terry and Gwen Sherman began observing strange lights and later on, UFOs which varied in size, shape and general appearance over their property. Seven of their prized cows would go on to die or inexplicably disappear, only to be found at a later date with a hole cut neatly into the centre of their left eye and have their rectum cut out or removed entirely. Tracks from the cows would be found and traced in the snow, only to stop suddenly, leaving no trace of where they may have stopped or left or even how.

“If it’s snow, it’s hard for a 1,200 or 1,400 lb animal to just walk off without leaving tracks or to stop and walk backwards completely and never miss their tracks. It was just gone.”

Terry Sherman

Perhaps the most terrifying aspect of what was later nicknamed “Skinwalker Ranch” were the voices that Terry Sherman has spoken of hearing while out with his dogs late one night, stating that they seemed to “come with the wind”. Sherman reported that these voices spoke in a language that he could not recognize. His estimations were that they may have come from mere feet away, yet he was unable to see anything when he looked for their originators. The dogs Terry said, “went berserk”, backing away and ran quickly back to the house.

“I take my truck up the road, and as I start to get closer, I start to get really scared. Just this feeling that takes over. Then I hear this voice, as clear as you and me talking right now, that says, ‘Stop, turn around.’ I lean out the window with my spotlight out and start searching around… Nothing.”

Terry Sherman

The Sherman’s were too later to go on and sell the ranch and the property, only for the incidents to continue at the ranch afterwards.

This would not be the first or last time Skinwalkers and UFOs would be linked in circumstances. Many Native traditions speak of sky people or star children and have narratives that tell of tribes or even entire histories of Native peoples having coming from people from the skies or from the stars.

UFO enthusiast and realtor from Las Vegas, Robert Bigelow, bought the $200,000 ranch in 1996. He would establish the National Institute for Discovery Science on the grounds of the ranch and placed substantial levels of surveillance in, on, and around the ranch with the goal of finding out and recording exactly what had been occurring there.

Biochemist Dr. Colm Kelleher was later to be employed by Bigelow and reported witnessing a large humanoid figure, perching in a tree. Detailing the account later in his book Hunt for the Skinwalker, he described the creature as being 20 feet off the ground and approximately 50 feet away from him. And spoke of the yellow unblinking eyes as they stared fixedly back at the light of his torch. Kelleher went to explain how he had shot at the creature with a rifle, but it had fled, leaving claw marks along with imprints on the ground behind it. He went on to describe the evidence that was left as signs similar to that of a “bird of prey, maybe a raptor print, but huge and, from the depth of the print, from a very heavy creature”

However, this was to have come mere days after another disturbing encounter. The ranch manager and his wife had only just finished tagging a calf before their dog began growling and act very strangely. Having checked on the dog and finding nothing untoward they later checked back on the calf some 45 minutes later and in the field, they found the calf, in broad daylight, with its body cavity entirely empty. Kelleher would go on to explain, “people know that if an 84 pound calf is killed by an animal in any way, there is blood spread all around. It was as if all the blood had been removed very thoroughly.”

Distressing activity would go on to continue right into summer.

Kelleher continued to talk of other witnesses of strange and supernatural encounters on the ranch.

“Three eyewitnesses saw a very large animal in a tree and also a large animal at the base of the tree. We had video camera equipment, night vision equipment. We started hunting around the area of the carcass and there was no evidence whatsoever.”

Bigelow and his research team claim to have experienced over 100 separate incidents on the property, however, they could not collect the level and kind of evidence that scientists nor scientific publications would accept as credible. Bigelow later sold the ranch to a company called Adamantium Holdings for some $4.5 million dollars in 2016.

“we as Indigenous peoples are constantly situated as fantasy creatures… But we’re not magical creatures, we’re contemporary peoples who are still here, and still practice our spiritual traditions.” The site is concerned about “the constant commodification of our spiritual practices”.

The Native Appropriations website

Since then, the research on the ranch has become more sophisticated and secretive than ever before.

A plethora of stories exist online in chat rooms and forums and so on regarding the ranch. Experiences commonly seem to have and occur on Native American reservations, which it is alleged, have only been prevented by the intervention of blessings by medicine men.

It is difficult to find out just how reliable these accounts really are. However, descriptions almost always seem to describe the same basic type of encounters. That being of a four-legged animal of some sort, with a disconcertingly human, albeit disfigured face with orange to red glowing eyes.

Those that have claimed to have seen a Skinwalker also talk about how they move with incredible speed, make wild and unnatural, shrill, and make almost hellish like sounds and screams.

According to reports, how true is yet to be verified, since taking over the ranch, Adamantium has installed electronics all the property, which include cameras, alarm systems, infrared and night vision technology (including video equipment), EMF readers and recorders and other hi-tech equipment. However, the most alarming reports are of accounts of experiences, by and about purported ranch employees of the company itself. It is, once again, difficult if not impossible to verify these reports as the company is itself difficult to gain reliable background and general information about and remains tight-lipped and silent regarding its work on the ranch and its employees.

Now according to VICE (which we advise you, as always, to use your own judgement as to the reliability of their information), one employee by the name of Thomas Winterton, was one of several people who allegedly experience varied physical effects and ailments including skin inflammation and nausea after working on the grounds. Some employees were, according to Thomas and Vice, needing to be hospitalized, with no clear medical diagnosis for their conditions.

Despite his experience, Winterton is reported to have stated that he wasn’t intending to leave Skinwalker Ranch anytime soon, which is strange given the vehemence and seriousness of the situations employees have apparently been subjected to or and the fear that they have expressed.

Winterton is quoted as saying, “It’s like the ranch calls to you, you know?”

Most of what we know these days about Skinwalkers tends to be biased through pop culture which has unfortunately, in the eyes of many Native American tribes and cultures, been sorely misrepresented, as have they themselves as a people, civilization and culture. The infamy of the Skinwalker Ranch has led to a plethora of documentaries, mockumentaries, and movies on cable tv and streaming services such as Amazon, Netflix and the ever present obvious YouTube. With the later, providing hours and hours of videos purporting to explain, capture on film or camera, Skinwalkers and witches of many and varied kind, most of which sadly are faked for viewership. However, don’t be too downhearted on that last point as there are many interesting and sympathetic and tasteful documentaries, if you look discerningly enough for them as well as a number of interesting and entertaining films based upon, around or inspired by the lore, myth and legend of the Skinwalker.

Finally, yet another theory, one that’s tied up to Creation Myths, states that Skinwalkers were once the helpers of divine beings. In Navajo stories, the yee naaldlooshii were agents for the Holy People when they were first training humans in the Blessing Way. Naagloshii were supposed to abandon the mortal world with the Holy People—but a few decided to stay behind. Their greed and desire to stay in the mortal plane corrupted the power the Holy People gave them and transformed them into malicious semi-divine beings.

Some tribes differentiate between Naagloshiis and Skinwalkers. The former the Native American equivalent of Fallen Angels while the latter a mortal with a gift for black magic.

To end this, I would say that any information, never-mind new and unknown information is difficult if not almost impossible to come by, most information gathered is repeated across media, including magazine, television and online media with many websites and media repeating the same information. One reason for this is obviously the lack of verifiable accounts and physical evidence, which can also be linked to the second more fundamental reason, which is the reluctance of the Native tribes to talk about Skinwalkers, owing to their beliefs and traditions. That makes things incredibly hard to verify information, potential evidence and encounters, but one that at the end of the day, one can and must understand and respect. We may hunt and want to find monsters, cryptids, the supernatural, and the paranormal, however, that doesn’t mean we get to tread over people’s properties and especially not over their traditions and belief systems, whether we personally agree or understand them or not. The first and foremost thing we need to do is respect all those involved in the inexplicable and the unexplained.


sources:

thevintagenews.com

Marco Margiritoff – allthatsinteresting.com

rivercityghosts.com

[Brief Words] 2017 Throwback Interview/WiHM Special – Lindsey Goddard

In honor of Women in Horror Month so much is going on! I just had to do a 15 for 15 to interview one woman in horror right now and I was lucky enough to snag the wonderful Lindsey Goddard!

Bachman: Tell us a bit about yourself, your work, what genre(s) you write in, and something you’d like to share about yourself that maybe isn’t well known.

Goddard: I am 33, and I’m not getting any younger, so I’m trying to get my name out there. My fiction is dark and somewhat depraved, but with an emotional twist. I’m currently working on a novel that I hope will knock your socks off.

Bachman: Is being a writer a gift or a curse?

Goddard: Well, my life as a writer has been great, during the times when I was able to write. Other times, I don’t get much writing done at all and beat myself up over it.So I’ll answer with a direct quote from one of my all-time favorite movies, Forrest Gump: “Maybe both is happening at the same time.”

Bachman: What’s your writing process look like? What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book?

Goddard: I tend to obsess over topics I find interesting, so research is an enjoyable part of writing for me. I can spend hours reading and watching about a topic, even for a three-thousand-word story. Days and days for the longer stuff.

Bachman: If you were deserted on an island, which three people would you want to have with you? Why? Criteria:One fictional character from your book, one fictional character from any other book, and one famous person that is not a family member or friend.

Goddard: Casey Wendell, the social worker from my novella Ashes of Another Life, because she is a strong woman Peter Pan, ‘cause I would ask him to fly me away from the deserted island (is that cheating?)Jonny Craig, lead singer of the band Slaves, because I’m currently obsessed with his vocals and would make him sing to me.

Bachman: What about the genre(s) you write in attracted you to them?

Goddard: I’ve always loved horror. I’m not sure why. Some people just do. We’re a misunderstood group of people. You’d think the obsession with darkness, with blood and would indicate somebody is a psychopath, but I find the opposite is true. Horror fans tend to be fun, laid-back and open-minded. Maybe it’s an effective form of therapy to read, watch, and write horror.

Bachman: What’s your latest release about?

Goddard: When Tara Jane Brewer leaves her polygamous community behind after her family dies in a tragic house fire, she is plagued by ghastly images of death. Hunted by a member of the church who plans to bring her home to Sweet Springs at any cost, Tara Jane must fight to keep her freedom. But everywhere she goes, she sees the charred faces of her burned family, watching her, following her, all thirty-four of them, waiting for her to come home and resume her place in the family. From Ashes of Another Life.

Bachman: Do consider yourself to be a successful writer? If so, why? If not, what would make you successful?

Goddard: Honestly, no, I don’t feel successful yet. I know the more humble or likable answer would be to say, “Yes, I feel successful because people are reading my work.” But I don’t feel that way. I haven’t produced enough work, haven’t reached enough goals. Maybe the upcoming release of my new collection, Secrets of the Slain, will bring some new fans my way.

Bachman: A brilliant idea hits you, what do you do first?

Goddard: Text it to myself! I have a song I sing for my muse: “I don’t want anybody else. When I think about you, I text myself.”

Bachman: What one thing would you give up to become a better writer?

Goddard: Sleep. I wish I could stay up all night like I used to when I was younger. These days, even coffee won’t keep me up after 11. I would trade sleep to become a better writer, if I could control the Zzzzz’s when they hit me!

Bachman: Do you believe in writer’s block?

Goddard: I believe that some writers believe in writer’s block, which is a good way to get it. Therefore, I try not to believe in it. Take that, writer’s block!

Bachman: Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with bad or good ones?

Goddard: I’m still waiting for a really, really bad one. I know it will come. I’m almost eager to get it over with. So far, there have been reviews from readers who weren’t thrilled or didn’t fully connect, but nothing too terrible.  *knock on wood*  *gulp* The good ones… they always make me smile.

Bachman: How did publishing your first book change your process of writing?

Goddard: I saw how the editing process can rip things to shreds and form an entirely new, polished product, so I try not to dwell on the small stuff.

Bachman: Does a big ego help or hurt writers?

Goddard: Well, it can surely be said that some of the biggest jerks in the world are the most successful, but personally, that depends on how you measure success. If nobody really likes you as a person, how successful are you as a human being? Big egos kill personal relationships, no matter if the book sales are rolling in. Best to avoid that.

Bachman: What is the most unethical practice in the publishing industry?

Goddard: Publishers asking authors to pay for a book deal. That is not a book deal. Don’t ever do that.

Bachman: Does your family support your career as a writer?

Goddard: Yes. Quite supportive.

Bachman: How do you balance making demands on the reader with taking care of the reader?

Goddard: As a person reads my work, I like to make them think and figure things out along the way, but I promise, I’ll always explain what’s happening in the end. None of these “and then they woke up and none of it mattered” endings. Read my fiction, and I’ll reward you, I promise.

 

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[The Veil] The Woman Who Lived Before-The Story of Dorothy Eady

Dorothy Eady’s tale truly begins after an accident that happened when she was three years old. A tumble down the stairs caused her to hit her head, which changed her life thereafter. Some reports say she experienced a near-death experience where other reports say Eady she only dealt with brain damage, but whatever the case may have been, she notably changed. With all the research I did on Dorothy, many sources mentioned that at the time they believed the brain injury caused her to have foreign accent syndrome.

From speech patterns to the begging of her parents to ‘take her home’ when she was, she never felt the same. When asked where home was she didn’t have an answer, but she did over time give more details of what ‘home’ looked like. She spoke of beautiful gardens. It wasn’t until she took a trip with her parents to the British Museum that her ‘home’ was finally revealed.

The exhibit had a picture of the temple of Seti I, father of Ramses the Great(the Ramses from the Bible). The young Eady ran to it and began talking about it being home. She began asking where the gardens had gone, where the trees had gone, and asking what had happened to it. Dorothy insisted she had lived there. Overjoyed she ran from room to room of the Egyptian exhibit kissing the feet of the statues and remarking ‘she was among her own people’.

Sadly, she could not read the hieroglyphics on the different statues and displays, and this caught the attention an Egyptologist named E.A. Wallace Budge who encouraged her to learn how to read them while her parents tried their best to calm her and discourage her to speak of ‘being amongst her people’, details of the temple, or having lived there.

Eady’s experience led to disturbing behavior. She began getting in trouble at church as she denounced Christianity and for others to embrace Egyptian paganism. They forced her to drop Catholic Mass despite her enjoyment of it. She claimed to enjoy it as it reminded her very much of the ‘old religion’.

As she aged, it behavior forced her parents to put her into a sanatorium when she refused to let go of her ‘delusions’ of this Egyptian life and her tales turned graphic as she spoke of sexual activities she had with Seti I. She also spoke of what some would consider nightmares. One example is a dream she described of having where the mummy of Seti I would engage in adult activities with her. Her time as a patient at the sanatorium would mark the end of her time in school. Despite no change in behavior, Eady’s parents continued trying to help their daughter by committing her over and over in sanatoriums.

Over time, she re-enrolled in school and continued her education. It was during this time she was able to work out clearer details and link her stories properly. Some of these details included her name, Bentreshyt. She told her parents how she had been abandoned at three years of age by her previous parents at the temple of Seti I at Abydos, that that was how she came to live there. She was a priestess of Isis and it was during her time as a priestess that she met Seti I. Eady even detailed how she had died. She claimed to have committed suicide in her past life to protect her lover. Being an Isis priestess, she was to remain a virgin, but had broken this vow.

I do feel it is important to add that during my research some sources I read claimed she had committed suicide after being tried and convicted being given the option of her punishment. Whether tried and convicted or willingly committing suicide to cover up the crimes of the pharaoh, she had died by her own hand.

Dorothy Eady’s story doesn’t end there. She met an Egyptian man named Emam Abdel Meguid and moved to Cairo, Egypt. She had a child with him and named him Sety after her past life’s lover and even changed her own name to Omm Sety. Her behavior became too much for her husband, who tried his best to help her, but when all attempts failed, he left.

She continued her life as a single mother and found work as a draftswoman with the national Department of Antiquities. Eady left this job while in her fifties when she was given the opportunity to work in Abydos, the location of the Seti I’s temple, her ‘home’.

Dorothy proved herself invaluable to the researchers there. She was able to prove many of her claims when the chief investigator took her to the temple to prove herself. He tested her by standing her in darkness, describing murals on different walls, and telling her to go where he described. She passed his test quickly. What made this even more special was these specific murals and locations had never been published. She would have not been able to study them beforehand.

Her life is one of great interest that has left many wondering if her stories were true, if reincarnation is real, and what other explanation could they be for someone having such details from a claimed previous life. Eady is featured in a 1982 National Geographic documentary entitled Egypt: Quest For Eternity.

The Word: Top Self-Care Tips For Working Writers

Being a working writer can be hard, exhausting, and feel fruitless, but there are ways to help yourself. This is a lesson I had to learn along the way. Burning out is serious, I suffered it, and I’ve been on a mission to help others stop before they burn out themselves. I have written about the dark side of being creative on demand in an article here on the website entitled The Dark side of being ‘Creative on Demand’, if you’d like to read about my burn out journey and what I learned then. I recommend it.

I’m here to bring to you some more help on this topic, things I’ve learned since the previously mentioned post happened. Things that have helped me that may help you.


Scheduling

Schedule time in your day for writing. Sometimes this could be as small as a ten-minute break in the day, during a lunch period, or an hour. Planning and sticking to a schedule can have significant results in that manuscript getting done and accomplishing goals.

Turning Off/Closing Off

You can become quickly overwhelmed if you have a lot of chaos going on. From a cellphone that doesn’t stop going off to not having a quiet space, turn off the cellphone (if you can). I even recommend going as far as posting a sign outside your work space to let others know you need the quiet. If your space has a door, shut it.

Set Your Environment

To piggyback off of the above tip, you can also set up your space to optimize your productivity. Like candles and incense? Light one. Struggling with a scene? Why not listen to some cinematic music or your favorite film’s soundtrack? Sometimes the music helps to create a headspace, this may be the perfect place to help you write.

Get Out Of Your Head

This is something I didn’t realize I had done until someone mentioned it to me. When struggling with your writing space, sometimes you need to get out of it to get out of your head. It completely made sense to me I would move around especially if I’ve struggled for a long time at my desk, it becomes a focus of frustration and in order to push through I had grabbed a notebook, pencil, and found a spot on the floor in a completely different area of my home. You can also go outside or even to your favorite cafe to improve your headspace.

Exercise

Exercising is great for your health, both physical and mental wellness. It will also give you a boost of energy. Sitting at a desk for hours isn’t good for you, the risk for blood clots increases. In this article from Mount Sinai titled: Can I get a blood clot from sitting at my computer? It explains how sitting for long periods can affect your health in a more medical way.

Reward Yourself

Whether it is a few words, paragraph, or even a chapter rewarding yourself can help you continue through the long writing process. Setting a small goal to accomplish and rewarding yourself for goal achieving is motivation. I pulled this from my college days and began applying it to my working periods.

Remind Yourself You’re Amazing

You know how amazing you are? You’re a writer! You are a creator of worlds. That’s amazing. Look in a mirror and tell yourself you’re amazing, that you’re a talented writer, and that you can and will get through this.

Communicate

Talking to other writers may very well be something that you need. It may even surprise you to find out they’ve been right where you are before. Feeling not alone can help us through hard times, don’t be afraid to reach out and talk to someone.

The Blasphemer Series Mythos: The Nephilim

As we continue on with The Blasphemer Series Mythos, we cover The Nephilim this week. We discuss what are they in the series and what are the sources I used for inspiration in the creatures’ creations in these books. The Nephilim play a large part of the series.

In the series, I define The Nephilim as ‘descendants of angels and the sons and daughters of man’. They’re greater than their parents, Gods amongst man, and not always dangerous. Different, but more than those for which they come. This is a direct inspiration for the Hebrew reference of The Nephilim.

The Nephilim were on the earth in those days—and also afterward—when the sons of God went in to the daughters of humans, who bore children to them. These were the heroes that were of old, warriors of renown.

Genesis 6:4

The Hebrew word ‘nefilim‘ translates to ‘giants’, but also is understood to be ‘the fallen ones’ if reading the word ‘naphal‘ which means ‘to fall’.

So they gave the Israelites a bad report about the land that they had spied out: “The land we explored devours its inhabitants, and all the people we saw there are great in stature. We even saw the Nephilim there—the descendants of Anak that come from the Nephilim! We seemed like grasshoppers in our own sight, and we must have seemed the same to them!”

Numbers 13:32

As scholars study the Bible and its many versions, there will always be a debate, but for me studying it, these references always seem so grand. Creatures that were giants among men? Did that mean that mean Goliath of the David and Goliath story was a Nephilim? A giant among men. These fantastic stories dotted my growing years and as I grew I also began wondering what would be ‘modern day giants’. What creatures do we know of ‘now’ that could be greater than man? That is when my writer’s creativity took over and that is why in The Blasphemer Series the Nephilim are mythical monsters.

Vampires, dire werewolves, werewolves are the Nephilim of my stories. These folklore creatures always seemed, to me at least, more powerful than man with their abilities, curses, or gifts. In the books Harvest and Ghosts, you’re taught in the world of the books that these types of beings have changed, for example werewolves originally were beings that walked upright and were more ‘manlike’ (Adele even sees this in a vision in Maxwell Demon, the first book), but after battling with their very own brethren vampires they were erased, but not forgotten. I write of a story within the story, a tale to explain things more for the reader and that being of Ana and Adolph. This story explains why the world has a form of the werewolves, the dire werewolves.

You can begin reading the series and check out more information by following the link: Down the rabbit hole

Is this interesting? Enjoying the series as it begins? Let me know! Is there something more you’d like to know? Let’s start a conversation.

[The Veil] Staff Brings More

Recently, an announcement published that dictated the future of The Veil [read here]. The Veil is getting a facelift and will also now have a small staff! These writers will contribute adding to the articles you will read. You will experience more from The Veil because of these changes! Check out the brand new staff page.

Feel free to post to this article any topics you’d like us to dig into! We encourage a community for The Veil, help us thrive to your benefit.

The Veil: More than Monsters

I’ve been working for sometime preparing new articles on The Veil covering old local monsters and creatures of the ancient world when I realized a theme. The Veil will expand to be more than just monster focused. I will begin posting other articles for The Veil that include, but not limited to mysteries, the odd, and the bizarre of the world. I’ve had an interest in oddities, mysteries, and the unexplained for sometime. It’s another reason I began learning so much about the monsters The Veil has, until now, focused on.


Today a post called The Blasphemer Series Mythos: Reincarnation went up covering reincarnation and how it inspired the background of my book series, but at the very bottom was a small section on interesting cases I recommended you look up. Encouraging your own research at the bottom is me wanting to write more about this topic and subjects in the same odd vein. I do hope, very much, that ya’ll end up enjoying the new topics coming to The Veil.

The Blasphemer Series Mythos: Reincarnation

Reincarnation is a beautiful belief of a soul continuing on as another body with another life. Simply a soul carrying on beyond one life after death. The Hindus call this endless cycle the Samsara Cycle. This goes hand-in-hand with karma, which lasts over many lifetimes. BBC UK described it best below:

Karma is a Sanskrit word whose literal meaning is ‘action’. It refers to the law that every action has an equal reaction either immediately or at some point in the future. Good or virtuous actions, actions in harmony with dharma, will have good reactions or responses and bad actions, actions against dharma, will have the opposite effect.

In Hinduism karma operates not only in this lifetime but across lifetimes: the results of an action might only be experienced after the present life in a new life.

Hindus believe that human beings can create good or bad consequences for their actions and might reap the rewards of action in this life, in a future human rebirth or reap the rewards of action in a heavenly or hell realm in which the self is reborn for a period of time.

This process of reincarnation is called samsara, a continuous cycle in which the soul is reborn over and over again according to the law of action and reaction. At death many Hindus believe the soul is carried by a subtle body into a new physical body which can be a human or non-human form (an animal or divine being). The goal of liberation (moksha) is to make us free from this cycle of action and reaction, and from rebirth.

— BBC/UK

When I was young and exploring religions to see what suited my personal ethics and beliefs best, I came across Hinduism. The belief of living multiple lives gave me hope and helped strengthen my personality, but for all the benefits I saw, the idea of being ‘stuck’ was frightening. The idea of reincarnation being punishment is only one way to look at this. When I began writing The Blasphemer Series: Maxwell Demon, this concept came back to mind. One of the major character, Adele, is ‘stuck’ in this cycle as punishment for the crimes she committed in her first incarnation as Lilith/Adama, the first woman. When I dwelled upon this deeper, the implications that could come from this only grew and became complicated. Would she remember? Wouldn’t Maxwell, whom never died, ever have looked for her before this last incarnation? So many questions had to be answered, and I did in the book’s pages.

I cover some of her past lives in Maxwell Demon, from that of a solider to even a young child convicted of witchcraft (inspired by a true event). I even began writing a book just about her past lives that has yet to react to a publisher. There is something realistic and saddening about how Maxwell wouldn’t always find her in the entire world or would just too late. This book isn’t just her last life, last chance, but also his to help her.

Cycles are a theme throughout the series. How things or event people come and go cycling through people’s lives as they live them.

This is one of those subjects, reincarnation, I find so interesting. I recommend you doing your own research and reading/watching others telling their stories of this and learn about the different mysterious cases of reincarnation. We can find the cases of reincarnation from all over the globe. Some notable ones are that of Barbro Karlen who claims to be Anne Frank reborn to James Leininger who believed to be a WW2 fighter pilot. One interesting detail here I’d like to add Edgar Cayce, a famed American clairvoyant believed in reincarnation and even once announced he’d be reborn in the year 2020. I’ve reviewed his book The Sleeping Prophet on the site and also here.

The knowledge of rebirth
is the turning point
in the history of mankind.

—Friedrich Nietzsche

You can begin reading the series and check out more information by following the link: Down the rabbit hole

Is this interesting? Enjoying the series as it begins? Let me know! Is there something more you’d like to know? Let’s start a conversation.

Poetry Month Sales

Last year I challenged myself to create a new poem every day for the month of April for Napowrimo. This year there are no challenges, but there are sales! Both poetry books I have out are going to only be 99 cents on all retailers for the entire month.

This is not a normal poetry book. It is an exorcism of the soul. A poet will write about the highs and lows of their life in excruciating beautiful ways. Wrapping their pain with a ribbon to either be kept as a secret or presented. L. Bachman has gathered some of her most emotionally raw verses selected from a nineteen-year period of her life and is the first volume of complete non-fiction to date.

With bruised white knuckles, created by a humbled self-diagnosed battered and broken being on the road to healing and coping from a painful childhood. This is a display of work created to express personal struggles and surviving through periods of insomnia, moments of love, depression, anxiety, and healing.

Cover to cover you will read the inner workings of a reclusive introvert that has spent her lifetime trying to answer her own questions about who she is, what part she plays in life, and trying to heal from things she couldn’t. You will see into the mind of the woman known as L. Bachman through over thirty poems left up to the reader to interpret with an introduction by author KJ. Taylor.

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Award-winning writer L. Bachman, author of the acclaimed Blasphemer series of horror novels, presents here, with Melankholia, a new triumph in dark poetry. Melankholia is Bachman’s second collection of dark verse. With this work, Bachman expands upon the brand of poetic gloom established in All of My Every Things, her first poetry collection which was released to widespread praise in 2019. The pages of Melankholia call forth a literary darkness that qualifies the collection for membership among the first ranks of the 21st century’s new dark poetry movement.

Drawing upon the styles of Dark Romanticism and Gothic Horror, and pulling from the traditions of weird horror fiction while employing a unique style of introspective lyricism, Bachman’s words both examine and balance the interplay between light and darkness, presenting to the reader a troubling ambiguity between psychological trauma and supernatural horror: In Bachman’s world, the pages of Melankholia reveal, darkness is always present, but light does not signify asylum from catastrophe, either: “Holding the sun / I found the light is frightening / Perhaps I will burn to ash.”Melankholia is a landmark new collection of dark poetry. At turns haunting and rich, the poems of the work leave enough room for the dim light of hope to seep in. Each poem tells a tale. Melankholia includes poetry from All of My Every Things, pieces created in 2020, and previously unpublished works from the past twenty years of her life.

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Once you click a ‘go to sales’ link you’ll be presented with a landing page. Click the ‘buy now’ on that page and it will direct you to all the retailers of the ebook/digital editions of the above books. Click your preferred and find the sales there.