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1) The video trailer for my book of cemetery travel essays is up:  http://redroom.com/member/loren-rhoads/media/videos/wish-you-were-here-a... 2) Wish You Were Here: Adventures in Cemetery Travel got a great review on the Graveyard Rabbits Journal yesterday: http://redroom.com/member/loren-...
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Welcome! In Autumn 2012, 20 horror writers returned to a haunted house in Marin for a second writing retreat with ghosts. Contributors to the book The Haunted Mansion Project: Year Two will read short stories and memoirs documenting the four days they spent together getting frightened and inspired...
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Goodreads Book GiveawayWish You Were Hereby Loren Rhoads Giveaway ends October 31, 2013. See the giveaway detailsat Goodreads.   Enter to win I know Goodreads is controversial these days, but I've been an author there for years -- and the last giveaway I did through them was...
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Holy Cross, it goes without saying, is a Catholic cemetery. It hadn’t occurred to me that Hungarian-born Bela Lugosi had been Catholic. I knew he’d been addicted to morphine and that he’d been buried in his tuxedo and black silk opera cape, but I hadn’t known what the man who’d portrayed my first...
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I started blogging in March 2004 when my daughter learned to roll over by herself.  I was a new mom with a preemie who'd had colic.  In fact, I often quoted Marvin the Paranoid Android to myself: "Here I am, brain the size of a planet..." The first six months of her life were about...
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The Stone Chapel The retreat center was as beautiful as Mart promised.  It's called GilChrist, but welcomes all faiths.  Our room had a meditation mat and cushion and an altar with a hawk feather, a turkey feather, and a candle.  I felt amazingly comfortable there. My...
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I've had the fantasy of running away for a long time.  In reality, my life is damn near perfect, but I love the idea of going away to write: no emails, no housework, no dishes, no litter boxes, no play dates, no driving.  No responsibilities, except to the muse. My friend Martha...
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When Mason and I went to Europe the first time, the US began bombing Baghdad while we were halfway across the ocean. Our planned destination was Barcelona, so that Mason could do sound for an SRL show, but the first flight had been so delayed that we missed our connection in New York. The airline...
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The Haunted Mansion Project: Year Two
I've been doing a series of interviews at lorenrhoads.com with the contributors to the Haunted Mansion Project: Year Two.  They've been a joy to interview, but the process (like the Morbid Curiosity Cures the Blues blog tour I hosted here on Red Room) made me realize that being interviewed...
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Jean Lafitte Historic Park We stepped out of the van into the heat.  The air was alive with the songs of insects:  cicadas, grasshoppers, flies whining through the air.  We covered our exposed flesh with bug spray as a woman hustled off the trail.  "The yellow flies are biting...
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No matter how many times I open a box of something I've edited or written, it never gets old seeing my baby for the first time.  I knew what this book was going to look like, since the designer and publisher were kind enough to solicit my input on its design.  I even saw the final PDF,...
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Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity by David AllenMy rating: 3 of 5 stars I’m always looking for a way to get more stuff done and this system comes recommended by everyone from the owner of the Samovar Tea Houses to Unclutterer. After reading the book, I’m not...
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"When the battles are fought and won and lost, when the pirates find their treasures and the dragons eat their foes for breakfast with a nice cup of Lapsang souchong, someone needs to tell their bits of overlapping narrative. There's magic in that. It's in the listener, and for each and every ear...
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My rating: 4 of 5 stars I read really slowly, so for me to have finished a novel in under a month is remarkable.  It's been a long time since I found myself carrying a book around, reading it on the bus and at the movie theater, even staying in bed late in the morning to read. So why not give...
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The cover image for Wish You Were Here. I have been completely swamped with my other writing and can't seem to switch gears to blogging.  What have I been up to?  I'm glad you asked! First up is Wish You Were Here: Adventures in Cemetery Travel.  It is scheduled to...
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