So my son loves ghost stuff, paranormal things. He likes to watch all those paranormal reality shows on television and such, Ghost Adventures, Paranormal Challenges, and others. He says he wants to go to school to become a paranormal investigator.
Now, this is the same kid who wouldn’t go outside to the side of the house to flip the breaker on the switchbox, because it was dark out there at ten in the evening. This is the same kid who used to get freaked out that there were people standing outside his bedroom window and made me put a board up on the window so he could sleep. But now he wants to be a paranormal investigator? Yeah. I get a kick out of him.
I’ve been doing some research on something recently, for a novel I was tossing around in my head. When I’m feeling so lousy, I can’t write, but I am constantly thinking of plot ideas for new things. I have so many ideas, I could probably write every day all day for the rest of my life and never use up all the concepts I have for novels. Some of them are very good too.
But one of the things I’ve been tossing around has a bit of a paranormal bent to it. I’m not all that into fantasy and magic and such, never really did get into vampires and werewolves and the like. Just not my thing. The more fantastical, the less likely I’d enjoy it. The stories that usually get me are the hard core stuff, suspense, action and adventure, science fiction, and crime novels. A good legal or medical thriller makes my day. I can, however, really sink my teeth into humorous women’s fiction when the mood strikes. I don’t like chick lit. Too shallow for me. I like a bit more substance. I’ve never been a girly girl much, in that I’m not into shopping, makeup, nails and pampering. Shopping for clothes is a necessary evil for me. I’d rather just go naked, but I’m sure my neighbors would protest if I did.
I’m curious though – how much is something ‘paranormal’, versus probable?
I mean, if there’s a story that has a ghost in it, and you believe in ghosts, and the ghost part of it is really negligible, then is it really a paranormal story? What about religion? Are ghosts and spirits and demons and possessions and those sorts of things based in religion?
I wonder if there are ‘rules’ people expect to be followed if you’re going to write like that. I mean, I’ve seen vampire stories that had all sorts of non-accepted non-cannonical types of things in them. Are we, as writers, able to make up the rules as we go as long as we are consistent in our own universes?
Just little rambling thoughts of mine I thought I’d share while waiting for my pills to kick in and the pain to go away so I can go to bed. I’m awfully tired. I actually tried to cook dinner tonight, and while it turned out great, it took a whole lot out of me, and I haven’t recovered yet. I can’t even get my pulse ox up over 90 right now, and we like to try to keep it over 92 at all times. Ah, well.
So while I kick back and let the cake finish baking in the oven and let the pain pill and gaba kick in so I can rest, why don’t you share with me in the comments your favorite paranormal encounter? Did you have a ghost story? A close encounter of some kind? Something spooky or unusual that you can’t explain away?
Share it in the comments or on your blog and leave me a link to it and I’ll go read it…
Love and stuff,