People are dying to get in. The ghosts will kill to get out.
Be first in line for the most haunted theme park in the park in the world – GHOSTLAND! Discover and explore hundreds of haunted buildings and cursed objects! Witness spectral beings of all kinds with our patented Augmented Reality glasses! Experience all the terror and thrills the afterlife has to offer, safely protected by our Recurrence Field technology! Visit Ghostland today – it’s the hauntedest place on earth!
After a near-death experience caused by the park’s star haunted attraction, Ben has come to Ghostland seeking to reconnect with his former best friend Lilian, whose post-traumatic stress won’t let her live life to the fullest. She’s come at the insistence of her therapist, Dr. Allison Wexler, who tags along out of professional curiosity, eager to study the new tech’s psychological effect on the user.
I’m sad to be ending this series of pics, because I was having a blast with them! And even though this one looks a little juvenile and elementary, it makes me laugh, and takes the edge off the fact that I never finished the ‘Tangled Up In Blue’ one I’ve been messing with for a week. And, damnit! I just figured out exactly what would have made it work, and that would have been the last! Oh, I hate that! Here’s proof that when I talk about it, it works itself out 90% of the time. Oh well. I’m going to finish it and save it for next year.
Reading will go back to being merely ‘Sexy‘ again… unless I can think of a different monthly theme like I was trying here…
Sexy Sabine is definitely going to be THIS Witch’s Guilty Pleasure from now on! Laurell K. Hamilton never had me giggling like Regina Watts did in this book! This is my very first time with Sabine, and I was falling in love with her as I listened (TTS) to her talk about different taboos, and society’s general disapproval of anything more than mere vanilla bean. Then… cable dog. Cable Dog took me by surprise, and then things really got fun! I’m not going to spoil this book for anyone who hasn’t read it yet, but I can assure you that I’m about to dive into all things Sabine! Regina has a dark and twisted sense of humor that I can’t get enough of, and if flows out effortlessly through the character. Sometimes so subtly that it took a second for my brain shout ‘Wait! Turn that back… did she just, omg…’! She’s the type of character I know I’d be friends with IRL – part of my tribe. And did I mention that this is Horrotica? Oh, yeah, I definitely noticed the ‘rotica ::winks:: Thankfully, this is a pretty quick read, and I didn’t get swept up into the throes of passion. This time. (view spoiler) There is so much to love here, in such a short story. But, it works – it doesn’t feel forced, or ‘packed’. (see what I did there? The next three days are gonna be full of ‘Thats what she said‘s, then probably a divorce.) I’ll keep you posted through the next five books, but I can already say with 100% certainty that I’ll highly recommend this series.
So far, Regina Watts is proving her versatility as a writer, and I can’t wait to see what she’s done with BABYSITTER BLOODBATH!
So, where can you find THE WITCH’S GUILTY PLEASURE? It’s a secret! Shhh… I’m only teasing. But it is a secret edition of the Sabine series, for subscribers only. I got it when I signed up to Regina Watt’s newsletter after reading Feeling Dottie. You can find all the information on her official website.
Did you miss any of the the AFTER DARKNESS FALLS anthologies? Then now’s your time to catch up! Here’s what Matt says…
“Tis the season to be scary. For all of you out there who like to curl up by the fire and read something spooky by the dancing light here’s a FREE offer for you. You can now pick up my After Darkness Falls anthology collection for free via Amazon. That’s 30 tales of terror & the macabre all with a wicked twist in the tale. Available free from Thurs 29th Oct – Mon 2nd Nov.“
Calling all authors, I am looking for submissions for my new anthology. Here are the details:
Theme: Whatever your imagination conjores up when it thinks of the spooky carnival…
WordCount:500 – 15,000
Deadline– November 1st
If this is something that you’re interested in, the nitty gritty details can be found in the sample contract posted below. If you would like to submit or have any more questions, my email email@example.com:
Merriam-Webster recognizing ‘irregardless’ as a word
The following article was written by Jisha Joseph, October 22, 2020, and posted on Upworthy. See original post HERE.
We’ve all been or known one of those people who take grammar very seriously. When the question is about the integrity of the English language, they wouldn’t stop themselves from correcting even Shakespeare himself. While they can sometimes come across as rather annoying with their grammar policing, we must admit, they do play an important part in ensuring that the sanctity of the language is maintained to some degree and that matters such as punctuation don’t go completely forgotten. Especially now, when it appears as though even the gatekeepers of the English language seem inlined to welcome some new — and some would argue, undeserving — comers into the dictionary.
“We do not make the English language, we merely record it.”
One such newcomer, or rather its inclusion in the Merriam-Webster dictionary, came as quite the upsetting news for actress Jamie Lee Curtis who turned to Twitter to express her disappointment. “In case you thought 2020 couldn’t get any worse, Merriam-Webster just officially recognized ‘irregardless’ as a word,” the star tweeted and her grammar fanatic fans nearly lost it. “I don’t want to live on this planet anymore,” replied @PinkysPortal while Twitter user Anna Jagielo wrote: “Ugh! It cannot be. It goes against literally everything. A double negative- hate mob mentality.”
“Next they’ll just say that ‘their, they’re, and there’ are all interchangeable, along with ‘your and you’re.’ Most people believe that to be true already when you see how they post on social media/memes,” warned Nick Carter. Actress Suzanne Cryer shared Lee Curtis’ dismay as she wrote: “Nooooooooooooooooo. Your right. A suspicious action! It’s literally insane! I wish there were less hipsters working at Merriam-Webster. They had better make this 2020 dictionary inflammable or I might burn it.” Meanwhile, Twitter user @OneMoreBrian was plagued by another thought. “Christ… after 30 years of being told it’s not a word, I now have to reset my language?” they asked.
While grammar Twitter lamented the supposed decline of the language, some social media users asked the fact-checking website Snopes to verify whether Merriam-Webster dictionary had in fact newly recognized “irregardless” as a word in the English language. As it turns out, “irregardless” — which long been stigmatized as a non-word that has the opposite meaning of its intended use — is indeed included in Merriam-Webster. However, despite gaining new notoriety online, it isn’t a new addition. Speaking to NPR on the matter, a Merriam-Webster spokesperson revealed that “irregardless” has appeared in the pages of its Unabridged dictionary edition since 1934.
Moreover, other dictionaries of the likes of Webster’’ New World College Dictionary, The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, and the Cambridge Dictionary, also recognize “irregardless” as a word. Following the sudden online outrage earlier this year, Merriam-Webster grabbed the opportunity to tease the internet over its disapproval of the term in its July 3 Words of the Week post. “From time to time, it is drawn to our attention that certain parties find it objectionable that we have included irregardless in our dictionary. The outrage presumably springs from our allowing this callow arriviste to rub elbows with other, nobler, words; the very presence of irregardless besmirches such entries as asshead, ninnyhammer, and schnook,” the post reads.
“Irregardless is included in our dictionary because it has been in widespread and near-constant use since 1795. We must warn you, gentle readers, that there are some other words which appear for the first time this very same year that we define in our dictionary. Yes! We have allowed entry to such Johnnies-come-lately as bewhiskered, citizenry, and terrorism, all of which have their earliest written evidence the same year as irregardless,” it continues. “We do not make the English language, we merely record it. If people use a word with consistent meaning, over a broad geographic range, and for an extended period of time chances are very high that it will go into our dictionary.” Well, there you have it, folks. “Irregardless” is here to stay.
Merriam-Webster’s response to this being big news again is hilarious. Samuel Johnson couldn’t have penned a better response!
You gotta love a dictionary with a sense of humor! I didn’t realize, or never thought about the fact that ‘irregardless’ has been in the dictionary all along! I feel much more relaxed than I was when I first saw the headline. English is a living language, continuously changing, evolving, and adapting. Frankly I’m shocked that these lexicographers are as on top of things as they are!
Speaking of words…
Top Logophile Websites
If you’re still reading then you’re obviously another logophile! so check out some of my favorite ‘word’ sites to kill time on:
Wordnik: A social network site for word lovers who list, discuss, share, and keep track of our favorite words. You can Adopt A Word here, too! 🧡
Dictionary.com is so much more than just their WotD! For example, today’s Quiz Yourself is on SERIOUSLY SPOOKY CREATURE NAMES! If you breeze through everything there, head over to the sister site – Thesaurus.com.
The Phrontistery: This is such a huge site, with so much going on, I can’t even begin to list things.
Speed Round! Just go check these out of you love words –
I feel like a treasure hunter who stumbled upon a chest of gold – but, I suppose that’s what we are. Readers, always hunting for riches. The Diaper Man is the first installment in Vincent Todarello‘s forthcoming collection of short stories inspired by actual events on Long Island. 1. I’m excited to read that whole collection, and 2. How effed up is that?! ::winks:: Read this, you’ll understand what I mean. I love a creepy, abandoned asylum, and that is the backdrop of this short. It’s done in a good way, too – not just a prop for the sake of putting it on the cover. A group of teens go exploring the old asylum, looking for places to shoot their low-budget zombie flick, and good course they’re talking about the old stories about The Diaper Man…