I began writing a short story for this anthology. Not too far into the story, which tends to happen, I need to do some research. Mind you, this is a Halloween themed anthology. Naturally, I am penning a ghost story. Before the plot gets too “technical,” I decided to research ghosts.
Now, when I research, I do research. I take a subject and attack it from all angles. This approach leads me to reading—a lot. I even take notes. Most of what I read does not make it into the finished product. However, it helps my mind wrap around what I am creating. I have also found that the tiny details make a subject interesting. Sometimes, it takes many a long hour to reach those interesting tidbits.
For this story (still nameless), I dove into the subject of ghosts. History of ghosts. Ghost hunting. Hauntings. Sightings. Et cetera. After flicking through photo galleries of supposed ghosts, I had to stop. I am sure most of them were faked in one way or another. Some seemed to be wishful thinking. I could not see what was claimed in the caption or in the red circle—even when enlarged (pixilation makes nothing better).
Unfortunately for me, I internalize my research. Everything I read mentions how ghosts are prominent in old buildings, churches and the ever-popular graveyard. Did I mention that my house is over 100 years old? And that I live in a church rich area? I won’t be taking pictures around my house or neighborhood anytime soon, just in case. Hopefully, I’ll be able to sleep tonight.