Monday, September 30, 2013

Catching up

I think I have promo fatigue. I'm sure you do too! My gratitude to those who have followed along the Cursed book tour and various interviews. It's been so intense, I honestly haven't written in more than a month. Am I ready to spontaneously combust? Possibly. I definitely need a date with my laptop.

October's going to be crazy-busy and I wish I could have another monthlong Halloween celebration with guests, but I think if I tried at this point, it might be too much. I'll try to make up for it over the December holidays!

I'll be taking my historical, Betting It All, on a blog tour in October. A shorter tour than Cursed. :) And I need to plan some blog swaps with Decadent 1NS authors to help celebrate their 200th 1Night Stand story - yet to be announced! - in October, the 14th through 20th.

Lots more good stuff coming up in October, including a local event where I'll be signing books, juggling fire wands and making balloon animals, so stay tuned.

But I wanted to share some non-writing stuff as well. Occasionally, I do leave the house and do other things, lol.

I shared some of this on Facebook, but bear with me - it gets better. :)

In July, hubby and I visited Gettysburg for the 150th anniversary of the battle. We stopped by the Farnsworth Inn to have a drink on their outside patio, and I couldn't help but notice the shots in the bricks near the roof:

I've taken a few photography classes and know it's best to bracket your shots (take a few in a row just in case you screw up one or two), so I zoomed in on the window:

And then I noticed the faces. I see two. When I shared these on Facebook, some people said they saw as many as five. The most prominent is the shadowy figure in the upper right hand corner of the window, a man wearing a floppy hat.

Here's a closer look:

A little freaky? Oh yeah. But it gets freakier. Weeks later, I came across this flyer for the Farnsworth House that I'd stashed away from a visit a few years ago:

Getting chills yet? Let me enlarge the top of that flyer for you:

I don't know if you can see the same image, but minus the rifle, that's who I see in the window.

Is it possible my subconscious remembered the flyer from years ago and imposed that image on the window? Maybe. It's one of those things we can never know for sure.

But I'm going back soon for a ghost tour. Maybe I'll run into him again!


Maria Zannini said...

That gave me chills.

I hear about Gettysburg ghosts all the time. Some day, I'm going to make the trip up there.

Did you ever have any weird sensations when you were there? Like you were being watched or not alone?

Cate Masters said...

The closest I've come to encountering them is through photos like this - mostly, though, they appear as orbs. This is the first time I've seen a likeness.
You should visit! Though you might be overwhelmed, if you're sensitive.

~Sia McKye~ said...

After living in a haunted house, in inadvertently, as a kid, you can have any haunted houses. I steer clear.

As far as promotion, have you thought of limiting your guest spots to 3 a week so you can rest and write? Everyday is rough on even the highest energy people.

I do have a few spots left open in October, wed/fridays only. Just sayin/

Sia McKye Over Coffee

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Just so long as he doesn't shoot you!
Hope the tour was a success. Mine continues into November. Hope I survive!

Angela Brown said...

A whole lot of promo can give you quite the fatiguing experience. So I hope you steal some extra zzzz's in before you dive into the next big round of promo.

That ghost bit there...well, I'd love to say it's just imagination, but this world is not a simple "in the box" thing that can be explained, categorized and done. So many mysteries.

Cate Masters said...

So long as the ghosts are friendly, Sia, I don't think I'd mind. Gettysburg ghosts are different in that many are aware of the present time, not just re-enacting the past (though some do that as well).
I generally don't overschedule promo, but I'd signed up for a few blog hops and booked a blog tour of 30 spots that kept me hopping, and had a few releases. I know people get tired of seeing authors always plug their books, so I try to limit it.
I appreciate your offer, though! I'm always happy to swap blogs. :)

Cate Masters said...

Another weird thing about Gettysburg, Alex, is that some ghosts have been known to hand off items like bullets to battleground visitors. They disintegrate, supposedly, soon after.
Thanks for the good wishes! Hope yours goes well for you too.

Cate Masters said...

Very true, Angela. I keep an open mind. :)

Karen Lange said...

Gettysburg has all kinds of history, doesn't it? Would love to go back there someday.

Cate Masters said...

A rich, varied and tragic history, Karen.

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

Seriously spooky. Gettysburg is such a great place to visit history. Glad you survived your tour.

Cate Masters said...

Me too, Susan! :) Though it's not the ghosts there I worry about. It's the Shadow People *shudder*. They're seriously spooky.

DMS said...

I would love to visit Gettysburg- I have heard it is a place you can really feel. I loved looking at your pictures and finding the faces. One of the faces I see looks quite like the flyer! Amazing! Things like this give me the chills and are just perfect for October. :)

Best of luck with your next tour! Hope you get to rest a bit. OH- and your book signing sounds like fun! Enjoy!

Cate Masters said...

Whew, glad I'm not the only one who sees it, Jess. :) Though I was surprised other people saw more images than me. I guess I should be glad I'm not that ghost sensitive!

Cate Masters said...

Psst... I was just kidding about the fire wands and balloon animals. Though I wish I could (without incinerating myself, lol)