Showing posts with label Clara. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Clara. Show all posts

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Research on Guthrie, Oklahoma

It's Weird Wednesday again, and guess what? I find I need to take a trip north. Someone told me that Guthrie, Oklahoma had a ghost tour. My antenna went up.

Research takes a lot of an author's time. Even if we mostly avoid writing historical novels, like me, we can't avoid research. Even writing fiction requires research. What if someone reads your novel that knows all about that profession, or hobby, or setting? If it's inaccurate, that reader would close the book.

I wrote a YA ghost story, Victoria and the Ghost, that highlighted a real Texas ghost town, Clara. Soon, the sequel to that story, A Ghost for Shelley, will release. This book will tell about the ghost legend at the McKinney Performing Arts Center, which used to be the courthouse. It's in McKinney, Texas just north of Dallas. I began Weird Wednesday in anticipation of the new book.

So, I'm offering real ghost legends here on Wednesdays.

I researched Guthrie online and learned the following things:

1. Guthrie offers ghost tours throughout most of the year (weather permitting) every Friday and Saturday evenings.
    (Check)
2. Guthrie is 22 miles north of Oklahoma City just off I-35.
    (Check)
3. Guthrie came to be in one day.
     (Check - weird, yes, must investigate this)
4. Guests on the tour visit 6 -8 historic places.
     (Check)

Find Guthrie on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Guthrie-Oklahoma/112280128788125

Yep, I figure Guthrie, Oklahoma is about 3 hours from me, so when the weather warms up (please, Lord, soon) I intend to go on a research trip. Who knows? A new ghost story might be on my horizon.

How about you? Anyone ever been to Guthrie?
Have you ever taken a ghost tour anywhere?


Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Another Ghost Legend from Fort Sill, Oklahoma

It's Weird Wednesday.

This is my third and last story that I found in The Ghost of Fort Sill by Robert R. Hiatt published in 1989. Especially if you live in the area, I recommend the book. Since it contains maybe twenty-five more ghost legends around the old fort, you just might find the book fascinating, as I did.

 

Hiatt titled one chapter “The Old Post Quadrangle Appearances.” Ghostly figures walking in the dark across the Old Post Quadrangle are fairly common through the years.

 

Occurrences date back to the 1920s. A veteran of the old Army from that period told Hiatt that the tale of the “old Indian” that walked at night was common knowledge, and was seen by several.

 

In the 1970s, a lone walker faced off with another walker. As they neared, he got a good look at the ghostly-appearing man dressed like someone from the 1890s. The spirit stared straight ahead, continued on his path, and disappeared.

 

These two reported ghosts appear to be two different spirits, both seen late at night in the same area.

 

So, for those stationed or visiting Fort Sill, be careful if you walk the Old Post Quadrangle late at night alone. You might just meet a ghost.

Weird Wednesday is looking for more ghost legends. If you have one, please e-mail me at Janet.hope@att.net
 
Remember my ghost story, Victoria and the Ghost is based on real ghost sightings at Clara Cemetery in the ghost town of Clara, Texas. It makes a great Christmas present especially for a girl aged 13-17.
Click on that page for further information.
 
Until then, beware ...

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Check out old post

This weekend, I'm attending an "Immersion with Margie" Lawson, that is. I hope to learn how to make my writing POP.

This last week I submitted my sequel to Victoria and the Ghost to 4RV Publishing. While I wait with fingers crossed and a prayer in my heart for a contract, my mind still dwells on ghosts. The working title of my new book is A Ghost for Shelley. This story is based on a real life ghost legend in the old Collin County courthouse in McKinney, TX. My first story Victoria and the Ghost told of a real life ghost legend in a Texas ghost town, Clara.

What do you think about ghosts? Read my old post on "Are Ghosts Real?"

http://www.janetkbrown.com/2012/04/are-ghosts-real.html

Let me know what you think.