Thursday, October 24, 2013

The Crossroads Blog Tour Day 5

In a short paragraph or two:
What is your favorite Halloween memory?

When I was six years old, my (military) family moved to the United States from Germany, where my father had been stationed for most of my life. My mother, who is Japanese, didn’t understand a lot of American customs, and my dad wasn’t at home for our first Halloween. So when the first trick-or-treaters showed up at our door dressed in scary costumes, my mom was terrified. She took my sister and me into a closet and we all stayed there, cringing whenever the doorbell rang, for hours.

Tell us about your most haunting experience.

When I was a child, I woke up in the middle of the night to see a glowing blue-green figure in the hallway outside my bedroom. I was scared, but I managed to calm myself and go back to sleep. But the next morning I discovered that our dog had died… in that hallway, on the spot where I’d seen the unearthly apparition. Wooo…

In a short paragraph or two:
What is your favorite Halloween memory?

Oddly enough, it was when I went skydiving my sophomore year in college. Jumping out of a plane at 10,000 feet is definitely scary, so it was appropriate that my friends and I went on Halloween.

Tell us about your most haunting experience.

I was getting in bed one night and right after I turned off the lights and got under the covers, I saw a figure at the foot of the bed. It was a man, and he cocked his head at me. I yelled for my husband, thinking someone broke into our house. Then the figure was gone. Just vanished. It was the freakiest thing.

In a short paragraph or two:
What is your favorite Halloween memory?

My favorite Halloween memory would have to be the year I dressed up as a headless woman. My mother wrapped me in an old, floral house coat that dragged on the floor and came up to the top of my head. She cut two holes for my eyes that were well hidden in the intricate design of the coat, stuffed the shoulders of the coat with newspaper, and placed a paper plate on my head that she covered with “gore”. I don’t know where she found it, but she gave me a mannequin head to carry around as well. It looked awesome! I ended up coming home with an overflowing bag of candy that year.

Tell us about your most haunting experience.

I’m semi-convinced my house is haunted. When we moved in five years ago, we started having trouble with electronics. Batteries drained quicker than they should have. Things kept inexplicably breaking. We went through three car stereos, five CD players, two cameras, and two laptop computers in about 2 years. And those are only the things I remember.

In addition to writing, I am a nurse and I work night shift. It is difficult for me to sleep on my nights off, so I often find myself awake and writing. I started to notice that around 3am every night, there’s a loud bang in the attic that I can’t explain. Then we got our dog. He sometimes barks at the same spot in the ceiling for no reason, which totally creeps me out.

There’s also creepy stuff that happens when I try to sleep. I’ve seen shadowy figures in my bedroom. I’ve felt ice-cold drafts on my neck and head like someone is blowing on me or touching me. My bed has shifted and shook, and I’ve felt like someone, or something is sitting on the edge of the bed when no one is there.

Lucky for us, the “activity” has settled down in the last two years. I keep my fingers crossed it stays that way.

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How the Tour Works:

Each day of The Crossroads Blog Tour, a new research question will be revealed on The Crossroad Blog Tour main page: HERE and each day the answer to that question will be found within one of the different blog posts by Crossroads Tour authors. Your job is to get the question, read the blog posts, and collect all answers by the end of the tour.

This year the grand prize winner will be selected via a Rafflecopter draw open to everyone. However, the hunt for clues is a fun part of the Crossroads experience and we wanted to keep it alive. Sooooo, search for the answer somewhere on the participating blogs on THAT particular day of the tour. Answer all the questions correctly to enter a bonus prize draw for – separate from the grand prize.

Bonus question answers are to be emailed to judithgraves @ ymail dot com by October 26th at MIDNIGHT to enter the Bonus prize draw. Winner of the Grand prize and the winner of the Bonus prize will be announced on OCTOBER 31st – HALLOWEEN.
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