Posted in Characters, Revenge of the Turd

Turd Update: So Far, So Good – Piper

Dear Diary,

So far, so good. Turd appears to be staying out of our house. I didn’t think it would work. I mean, how do you keep a poltergeist out – especially when said poltergeist is my godfather. That rather gives him permission to come over whenever he wants. But, so far, he’s listening.

Pickles keeps reminding me that he’s a poltergeist and loves to play jokes. Always has. Uncle Joe told mom that Turd used to turn the hot water off on him or my dad when they took showers. Mom had to remind him that it’s one thing for a MALE poltergeist to prank you in the shower when you’re a MALE! It’s quite another for a MALE poltergeist to prank a FEMALE in the shower! Uncle Joe said he’d have a long talk with Turd about what’s proper between the sexes.

Seriously? How can a 187-year-old ghost be that dumb?

Posted in Characters, The Ghosts of Springhollow

The Turd is Banned! (Diary entry by Piper)

Dear Diary,

This morning, Turd threw a cup of cold water on Mom while she was in the shower. He swore his eyes were closed. Mom was furious! I’ve never seen her so mad! He’s permanently banned from the house.

This is the best thing that’s happened since Turd moved back with us. No more waking up to cornflakes in my bed! No more having my homework deleted. Life can finally get back to normal.

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A note from Piper…

Ugh! This has been a long week. Turd followed us to school and during lunch threw my half-empty bottle of milk at the school bully. It got him right in the head.

Let’s just say the rest of the day was a nightmare. I keep trying to tell everyone he’s out for revenge, but no one listens to me. Well, that’s not completely true. Stanley listens. But, I’m not sure if it’s just because he has a crush on me, or he really does believe it.

Gotta go. Hoping tomorrow is better.

Posted in Behind the Scenes, The Ghosts of Springhollow

When Bad Things Happen With a Published Book

Oh, yeah. It’s been one of those weeks. I finally got “The Ghosts of Springhollow” published on Kindle, only to find out, while working on the paperback edition, that there were a ton of errors! I freaked! This was a disaster! My reputation was about to burn. It’s over. The meanest reviews on the planet are coming my way!

I quickly removed the book from Amazon and set to work correcting every mistake “SAS Writing Reviser,” and “Grammarly” could find. At the time of this writing, the Kindle book ($1.99) is back in “publishing” mode, and the paperback edition ($5.99) is in “review.”

This experience made me happy that buyers can download the new edition to replace the icky one for free. I love you Kindle!

Thankfully, I didn’t have the paperback version up yet.  🙂



Posted in The Ghosts of Springhollow

TV, Books, Kids and How What We Say Tells People About Us.

When I began the Pickles and Piper Mysteries I wanted them to quote from their favourite books and shows because that’s what my friends and I have always done. Well, except for one friend who has a habit of looking at you and saying, “I’ve been through the desert on a horse with no name.” And that was before the brain trauma. 🙂

Anyway, so Pickles and Piper use lines from The Hobbit, Sherlock Holmes, The Big Bang Theory (who doesn’t love Sheldon), and Ghost Busters. If you say something near them, and they like it – they’ll start quoting you too.

A cool thing about the quotes is that whether it’s a character in a book, or a real person, we get to know more about them by the words they use. For example,
A cook will use cooking terms, like: “Now you’re cooking!” or “Your goose is cooked!”

A carpenter might say, “Yeah, yeah, yeah, a bad carpenter always blames his tools.” or “You hit the nail on the head.”

When we hear any of these expressions, we know the person either enjoys cooking or carpentry, or they hang out with people who do. Or they watch a lot of cooking and DIY shows! Either way, it gives us a look into their private life without them even knowing.

In the sequel to “The Ghosts of Springhollow,” you’ll see the expression, “Roll a D6.” It’s a gamer’s term for roll a 6 sided dice to see whether you can do something or not.

What are some expression you use a lot that have to do with your hobbies or career?

Check out the book while it’s still 99 cents!