It’s post number 300!
Wow, I never thought I’d get this far when I started. I had nothing to say, but I thought I should have a blog where I can talk about my writing. I hoped I’d publish something besides stories before now, but hey, whatever. Now I know how Mike Rowe must have felt when he hit 200 dirty jobs.
In honor of this milestone, I’d like to give away some cookies, as promised. One lucky commenter will win a delicious dozen of the cookie of their choice from Pacific Cookie Company in Santa Cruz, CA. This luscious prize will be shipped directly to your door, from me.
Disclaimer: I do not represent Pacific Cookie Company, and I’m not being paid or in any way compensated for giving away their cookies–I just really, really like them.
The first person to correctly identify the following photograph will win the cookies. Your comment must contain the following information:
• The subject—what is it?
• The place the photo was taken
• The year.
It’s not hard, honest. I will go by the timestamp on your comment. But you must have all three elements to win. Here is the picture.
Did the picture give you a clue?
Okay, okay, I’ll stop messing with you. Here we go!
What would you do if you could not only see a ghost, but talk to it, and even touch it? Chris Taylor, a landscaper who likes to hunt ghosts in his spare time, is tired of being the only person in the Ghost Crew who hasn’t had a paranormal encounter. One night, after a few too many beers and some aimless tinkering in his basement, Chris accidentally invents a tuner device that dials ghosts into the physical world.
He tests it out on an investigation. It works! Word gets out and Chris becomes famous. Lured by the promise of helping stranded spirits find their way to the next world, Chris sells the rights to his invention. A television network makes a show—Tunerville—around the device, but someone dupes it before the network can file the patent and soon, everyone has a tuner. Chris is riding high, but not everyone thinks the tuner is a good thing.
Suddenly, there are ghosts wandering everywhere. What’s more, if they stay long enough, they’re stuck. The dead flock to the tuners and the living struggle with this new normal.
Word reaches the Realm—the afterlife, where it causes great unrest. The doors of Heaven are closed and an Explorer, Callahan, is dispatched to deal with Chris and the situation. In the meantime, ambitious scientist Dr. Juliette Geiger has managed to jack a prototype tuner and open a dangerous portal, from which she carelessly intends to profit.
Chris, his fellow Ghost Crew members, and a groovy Seventies ghost try desperately to find a way to stop the madness—and Dr. Geiger. If they can’t, what will happen to the world?
SO? Whaddya think? Pretty neat, huh? Well, I think so.
As I posted before the damn thing needs a bit of restructuring. I wrote the synopsis off the cuff, and the scenes came out in a different—and better—order than I originally wrote them. But that’s no biggie. I’ll be sure to keep you up to date on my progress.
If you’re interested, be sure to sign up to follow me here at Graphomaniac. I can’t promise this book will be published or when, but I fully intend to do my very best to bring it to you so you have something to read besides this blog.
Remember to try your luck with the cookies—post your answer in the comments!