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July 17, 2009: Faith, Religion & Mysticism in Fiction, author Carleen Brice, guest host

The transcript below covers the complete #litchat conversation on July 17, 2009. The order appears sequentially from the first post to the final post. Topic was open discussion Faith, Religion and Mysticism, guest host was author Carleen Brice (@carleenbrice).

LitChat Welcome to @litchat. Today we have author @CarleenBrice with us to discuss Faith, Religion & Mysticism in Fiction. #litcht – 1:01 PM Jul 17th, 2009
LitChat During our chat today, we’re giving away a copy of Carleen’s new novel, ORANGE MINT & HONEY. Name drawn from posts, must be on topic. #litchat – 1:02 pm Jul 17th, 2009
maggiedana My daughter just read and loved LITTLE STRANGER by Sarah Waters. A ghost story. #litchat -1:07 PM Jul 17th, 2009
Eugenia_Kim And is there a genre dif btwn ghosts, goblins, witches etc., and spirits, dreams…? #litchat -1:08 PM Jul 17th, 2009
carleenbrice @LitChat Hey let’s give away CHILDREN OF THE WATERS too while we’re at it! #litchat -1:08 PM Jul 17th, 2009
emilymandel @maggiedana I’ve been wanting to read LITTLE STRANGER – I’ve heard it’s great. #litchat -1:09 PM Jul 17th, 2009
carleenbrice @Eugenia_Kim Good question. I write in the literary-commercial area. But fantasy & urban fantasy really cover those. #litchat -1:09 PM Jul 17th, 2009
VanessaDobbs RT @emilymandel: @maggiedana Ive been wanting to read LITTLE STRANGER – Ive heard its great. so do I #litchat -1:09 PM Jul 17th, 2009
LitChat @carleenbrice Glad you started early. Please tell us a bit about yourself and writing. #litchat -1:09 PM Jul 17th, 2009
maggiedana My daughter loved it. Was totally spooked at 3:00 a.m. Could not put it down. #litchat -1:10 PM Jul 17th, 2009
LitChat WOW! RT @carleenbrice @LitChat Hey let’s give away CHILDREN OF THE WATERS too while we’re at it! #litchat -1:10 PM Jul 17th, 2009
maggiedana @carleenbrice Can you give us ‘elevator pitch’ for CHILDREN of the WATERS? #litchat -1:11 PM Jul 17th, 2009
carleenbrice CHILDREN OF THE WATERS is a story about race, family & identity. #litchat -1:12 PM Jul 17th, 2009
stephaniewrites @carleenbrice #litchat do you have a preference writing for nonfiction or fiction? -1:12 PM Jul 17th, 2009
carleenbrice @stephaniewrites I really love fiction-it’s a lot more fun to live w/the make-believe characters. #litchat -1:13 PM Jul 17th, 2009
Eugenia_Kim @carleenbrice Is there also mysticism/religion/faith in CHILDREN? How so? #litchat -1:14 PM Jul 17th, 2009
kashicat Hi, I’m late, sorry. #litchat Carleen, I haven’t read your books, but I’m looking forward to trying them -1:14 PM Jul 17th, 2009
maggiedana @carleenbrice Do you write both fiction and non- ? #litchat -1:14 PM Jul 17th, 2009
carleenbrice @maggiedana I write articles and such now, and I have a few nonfiction books I did before my novels. #litchat -1:15 PM Jul 17th, 2009
carleenbrice @kashicat Welcome! #litchat -1:15 PM Jul 17th, 2009
dosankodebbie @carleenbrice Hi, I’m a translator based in Japan. Has your writing ever been influenced by books in translation? #litchat -1:16 PM Jul 17th, 2009
kashicat @carleenbrice What were your nonfiction topics? #litchat -1:16 PM Jul 17th, 2009
maggiedana @carleenbrice I reckon it requires different writing muscles for each one. I read a ton of non-fiction but would not dare write it. #litchat -1:17 PM Jul 17th, 2009
carleenbrice CHILDREN OF THE WATERS is abt 2 women, 1 wht & 1 blk, who find out they r related & r brought together by their late grandmother. #litchat -1:17 PM Jul 17th, 2009
carleenbrice @dosankodebbie Not really. It’s shameful that I don’t read more books by foreign writers. #litchat -1:17 PM Jul 17th, 2009
VanessaDobbs @carleenbrice ooh that sounds intriguing #litchat -1:17 PM Jul 17th, 2009
carleenbrice @maggiedana I guess it does take different skills. #litchat -1:18 PM Jul 17th, 2009
carleenbrice @VanessaDobbs I hope it is! #litchat -1:18 PM Jul 17th, 2009
itsmesashab @carleenbrice that would be me… #litchat -1:18 PM Jul 17th, 2009
BizarreJC @carleenbrice I am writing a book with hints of the spirit world in it. More like a lot of the spirit world. #litchat -1:18 PM Jul 17th, 2009
stephaniewrites @maggiedana I agree. I don’t think I could handle not having the flexibility of fiction. #litchat -1:18 PM Jul 17th, 2009
QueenOfTheRoad @carleenbrice Can you say something about going from NF to fiction? That’s where I am now, so any wisdom…. #litchat -1:19 PM Jul 17th, 2009
carleenbrice @kashicat recovering from grief & I edited an anthology AGE AINT NOTHING BUT A NUMBER #litchat -1:19 PM Jul 17th, 2009
stephaniewrites @carleenbrice #litchat New book on my TBR list. I look forward to reading it. -1:20 PM Jul 17th, 2009
kashicat @carleenbrice Children of the Waters sounds really intriguing! How does it involve questions of spirit? #litchat -1:20 PM Jul 17th, 2009
Eugenia_Kim @maggiedana I agree. It’s also about a dif kind of voice and narrative posture. NF needs a dual voice: the story & what’s behind it #litchat -1:20 PM Jul 17th, 2009
carleenbrice @kashicat 1 of my characters communes with her ancestors & 1 character finds clues that are left behind from the grndmthr #litchat -1:20 PM Jul 17th, 2009
carleenbrice @stephaniewrites Thank you! #litchat -1:21 PM Jul 17th, 2009
BizarreJC @carleenbrice it’s about a family of people who has a spirit who is their guide & they help others. #litchat -1:22 PM Jul 17th, 2009
redRavine I read where you believe your ancestors are with you. I thought of Alice Walker’s Temple of My Familiar. Who were your influences? #litchat -1:22 PM Jul 17th, 2009
BizarreJC @carleenbrice The main character has to keep a man from killing a woman. The man is connected to her in more ways than one. #litchat -1:22 PM Jul 17th, 2009
carleenbrice @BizarreJC Sounds interesting! Is it literary or urban fantasy? #litchat -1:22 PM Jul 17th, 2009
Eugenia_Kim @carleenbrice How has your sense of mysticism/faith/religion evolved over your 3 novels? #litchat -1:23 PM Jul 17th, 2009
carleenbrice @redRavine Oh that is a good one! Tina McElroy Ansa, Alice Walker & Alice Hoffmann. #litchat -1:23 PM Jul 17th, 2009
BizarreJC @carleenbrice literary. #litchat -1:23 PM Jul 17th, 2009
carleenbrice @Eugenia_Kim No, I don’t think it’s evolved, but I guess I’m letting it out a little more each time. #litchat -1:23 PM Jul 17th, 2009
kashicat @carleenbrice Sounding more and more intriguing. I can sense my To Be Read list growing. 🙂 #litchat -1:23 PM Jul 17th, 2009
carleenbrice @BizarreJC Sounds like my kind of book! #litchat -1:24 PM Jul 17th, 2009
dosankodebbie @carleenbrice Japanese lit is known for its spirit-world references, so I was wondering if it has influenced any western writers . #litchat -1:24 PM Jul 17th, 2009
carleenbrice @dosankodebbie A little Japanese angle in CHILDREN OF THE WATERS is mizuko kuyo ceremonies to honor babies who don’t get born #litchat -1:25 PM Jul 17th, 2009
BizarreJC @redRavine I too believe that my ancestors are with me. They have helped to heal my grandfather once when he was really sick. #litchat -1:26 PM Jul 17th, 2009
carleenbrice @BizarreJC My grandmother talks of her mother coming to her when she was in the hospital. My grandmother refused to go w/her. #litchat -1:27 PM Jul 17th, 2009
Eugenia_Kim @carleenbrice Have you encountered reticence in publishing about spirits/mysticism/religious/faith themes? #litchat -1:27 PM Jul 17th, 2009
dosankodebbie @carleenbrice cool. did you know about mizuko kuyo before you wrote the book? or while your were researching? #litchat -1:28 PM Jul 17th, 2009
carleenbrice That reminds me of Like Water for Chocolate, which I also love. A lot of Latin American writers deal w/such issues. #litchat -1:28 PM Jul 17th, 2009
Eugenia_Kim @carleenbrice Ooo–spooky about your grandmom and great grand! #litchat -1:28 PM Jul 17th, 2009
claudia_m @carleenbrice howdy all! #litchat -1:28 PM Jul 17th, 2009
carleenbrice @dosankodebbie I learned about it a long time ago from an article in NYT mag & it stayed with me. #litchat -1:29 PM Jul 17th, 2009
thebookaddict http://bit.ly/11mtIU review of bk w/ some religion #litchat -1:29 PM Jul 17th, 2009
carleenbrice @claudia_m Welcome! #litchat -1:29 PM Jul 17th, 2009
BizarreJC @carleenbrice Since I’m afraid of death I hope it is one of my ancestors who shows up to help me transition over. #litchat -1:29 PM Jul 17th, 2009
carleenbrice @Eugenia_Kim My grandmom also saw her father after he died. #litchat -1:29 PM Jul 17th, 2009
maggiedana @BizarreJC Aren’t most people afraid of death? #litchat -1:30 PM Jul 17th, 2009
carleenbrice @BizarreJC I was w/my mother as she was dying & she kept “seeing” people there w/her even tho she had gone blind. It was v. moving! #litchat -1:30 PM Jul 17th, 2009
VanessaDobbs @BizarreJC that’s a lovely thought #litchat -1:30 PM Jul 17th, 2009
claudia_m @carleenbrice do you distinguish btwn bks that regard spirit world as strange vs those that treat spirits as part of everyday life? #litchat -1:31 PM Jul 17th, 2009
carleenbrice I’m fascinated by the idea that death isn’t the end. I don’t know if I completely believe it, but I guess I really want to. #litchat -1:31 PM Jul 17th, 2009
kashicat @carleenbrice Oh man, that gives me goosebumps, about your mother seeing people around her. It must have been comforting. #litchat -1:32 PM Jul 17th, 2009
carleenbrice @claudia_m Yes. Horror & spooky stories tend to be spirit world = evil. I prefer stories where people treat it as normal. #litchat -1:33 PM Jul 17th, 2009
redRavine You’ve talked about reconciliation & how the past affects us even if we don’t think it does.How does SpiritWorld help us reconcile? #litchat -1:33 PM Jul 17th, 2009
Eugenia_Kim @maggiedana Maybe it’s less fear of death than fear of the unknown. Could the afterworld be a product of our fear or real? #litchat -1:33 PM Jul 17th, 2009
BizarreJC @maggiedana I’m not sure. Because every time I reveal that to someone they tell me I shouldn’t be. #litchat -1:33 PM Jul 17th, 2009
kashicat @carleenbrice I knew a committed atheist who didnt’ believe in afterlife for him, but felt compelled to believe in it for his cats. #litchat -1:33 PM Jul 17th, 2009
thebookaddict @carleenbrice I really want to believe it too. I hope that death is not the end #litchat -1:33 PM Jul 17th, 2009
carleenbrice @kashicat That is hilarious! But wouldn’t his cats be lonely in the afterlife w/out him? #litchat -1:33 PM Jul 17th, 2009
maggiedana RT @kashicat: I knew a committed atheist who didnt believe in afterlife for him, but felt compelled to believe in it for his cats. #litchat -1:34 PM Jul 17th, 2009
Eugenia_Kim @kashicat Ha! That is a riot! #litchat -1:34 PM Jul 17th, 2009
carleenbrice @BizarreJC It’s easy to tell others not to be afraid of death. #litchat -1:34 PM Jul 17th, 2009
maggiedana @Eugenia_Kim Our fear of the afterworld is continually stoked these days. Vengeful god, etc. #litchat -1:34 PM Jul 17th, 2009
BizarreJC @carleenbrice @claudia_m I the stories where the spirits are a part of the way life is. #litchat -1:35 PM Jul 17th, 2009
NessieBeliever Hi. Arriving late to the party. Lurking, trying to catch up. Looks like a fascinating discussion. #litchat -1:35 PM Jul 17th, 2009
carleenbrice @BizarreJC Yes me too. #litchat -1:36 PM Jul 17th, 2009
kashicat @carleenbrice My view exactly. If the cats get an afterlife, then so do I! I have one cat that visits me in dreams already. 🙂 #litchat -1:36 PM Jul 17th, 2009
carleenbrice @NessieBeliever Welcome. We’re talking about the afterlife, atheists & cats! #litchat -1:36 PM Jul 17th, 2009
carleenbrice @kashicat My mom died 17 years ago & I still dream about her almost every night. #litchat -1:37 PM Jul 17th, 2009
NessieBeliever @BizarreJC I’m afraid of death, too, and am told by others not to be. You’re not alone.#litchat -1:37 PM Jul 17th, 2009
carleenbrice B4 my mother died I had a dream that revealed when it would happen. That seems like there’s something else @ work to me. #litchat -1:38 PM Jul 17th, 2009
redRavine @carleenbrice Sometimes I wonder if dreams are simply a visit to the afterworld. Parallel universes. #litchat -1:38 PM Jul 17th, 2009
Eugenia_Kim @BizarreJC @carleenbrice …Spirits part of the way life is. Besides Morrison and CHOLERA, what other books integrate like this? #litchat -1:38 PM Jul 17th, 2009
thebookaddict Book I just read & reviewed had a lot of spirits of loved ones passed and spirits lurking in ancient places in Ireland. #litchat -1:39 PM Jul 17th, 2009
carleenbrice @thebookaddict What was the title? #litchat -1:39 PM Jul 17th, 2009
NessieBeliever @redRavine I dig that kind of thinking. Had some pretty vivid dreams that made me wonder (parallel universes). #litchat -1:40 PM Jul 17th, 2009
BizarreJC @carleenbrice I think it was you having to prepare for what was to come so it wasn’t so much of a chock to you. #litchat -1:40 PM Jul 17th, 2009
Eugenia_Kim @redRavine Cool idea. There’s assuredly some sci fi that is about exactly that. #litchat -1:40 PM Jul 17th, 2009
carleenbrice @Eugenia_Kim HOUSE OF THE SPIRITS, BABY OF THE FAMILY #litchat -1:41 PM Jul 17th, 2009
BizarreJC @Eugenia_Kim Where Souls Collide by Stefanie Worth did a really nice job of showing that there is two worlds out there. #litchat -1:41 PM Jul 17th, 2009
CarolyBurnsBass Litchat #Litchat -1:41 PM Jul 17th, 2009
carleenbrice @BizarreJC Exactly. In the dream (as in life) I was paranoid abt when and a voice in the dream revealed that it would be the 17th. #litchat -1:41 PM Jul 17th, 2009
thebookaddict @carleenbrice The Lace Makers of Glenmara by Heather Barbieri My review is at thestarceleb.com (type the title in search) #litchat -1:42 PM Jul 17th, 2009
carleenbrice But when she didn’t die on the 17th I was confused. Until I realized she died on the 17th day I was with her. True story. #litchat -1:42 PM Jul 17th, 2009
VanessaDobbs @carleenbrice that’s so spooky #litchat -1:42 PM Jul 17th, 2009
NessieBeliever @kashicat I always look for/plead for evidence my dogs will be with me in the afterlife. They’re more human than some people I know.#litchat -1:42 PM Jul 17th, 2009
carleenbrice @thebookaddict Sounds good. Anything like THE LACE READER? Another one I liked. #litchat -1:43 PM Jul 17th, 2009
scgreen Sorry I’m late, where are we at? #litchat -1:43 PM Jul 17th, 2009
redRavine @kashicat We recently lost a 13-year-old cat to illness. I heard him patting around the house at 3 a.m. the next week. My familiar. #litchat -1:44 PM Jul 17th, 2009
Eugenia_Kim @carleenbrice @BizarreJC All suggestions are people of color authors and stories. Tie in? #litchat -1:44 PM Jul 17th, 2009
BizarreJC @carleenbrice I am very in tuned with the spirits around me. I smell their aromas and sometimes I can hear them in my mind #litchat -1:44 PM Jul 17th, 2009
wiremamma Sorry I’m late for #litchat – worked through lunch today. Now time to get kiddos – What is topic? Afterlife? Books discussing the hereafter? -1:44 PM Jul 17th, 2009
kashicat @carleenbrice Did your “advance notice” make it any easier for you when it did happen? #litchat -1:44 PM Jul 17th, 2009
carleenbrice @BizarreJC Wow. The aromas thing is v. interesting! #litchat -1:44 PM Jul 17th, 2009
BizarreJC @carleenbrice I’m not sure if that makes sense to you. But it’s not a voice I can describe it’s as though I know things #litchat -1:44 PM Jul 17th, 2009
kashicat @NessieBeliever When I was a fundie I decided if heaven was paradise, then my cats would be there, period. Or it wouldn’t be. #litchat -1:45 PM Jul 17th, 2009
Eugenia_Kim @carleenbrice 17 must be a special number to you now. I had a brazilian friend who couldn’t leave near a cemetery–too “noisy” #litchat -1:45 PM Jul 17th, 2009
stephaniewrites #litchat I def. believe in some sort of “intuition” I woke up knowing smthing wrong with grandma at moment she was having heartattack -1:45 PM Jul 17th, 2009
BizarreJC @Eugenia_Kim The one I mentioned is. #litchat -1:45 PM Jul 17th, 2009
Eugenia_Kim @Eugenia_Kim I meant “live near a cemetery.” #litchat -1:45 PM Jul 17th, 2009
VanessaDobbs @redRavine just after my dog died we couldhear her coming inand out of the dog flap #litchat -1:45 PM Jul 17th, 2009
redRavine @BizarreJC That’s amazing about smelling those in afterlife. I’ve read that a lot but never experienced. #litchat -1:45 PM Jul 17th, 2009
kashicat @redRavine That’s beautiful. I only get visits in dreams. But my best cat/soulmate does come fairly often (2 days ago, even) #litchat -1:46 PM Jul 17th, 2009
maggiedana @Eugenia_Kim Too noisy? Backhoes digging? #litchat -1:46 PM Jul 17th, 2009
carleenbrice @Eugenia_Kim Wow re: the noisy cemetery! 17 isn’t esp. meaningful to me. #litchat -1:46 PM Jul 17th, 2009
BizarreJC @redRavine It can scare you at first especially if you’re alone when it happens. It doesn’t linger long. #litchat -1:46 PM Jul 17th, 2009
carleenbrice @VanessaDobbs Did it comfort you or scare you? #litchat -1:46 PM Jul 17th, 2009
scgreen I’ve promised to haunt my wife and kids when I go. #litchat -1:46 PM Jul 17th, 2009
thebookaddict Is anyone else having trouble with the refresh? #litchat -1:47 PM Jul 17th, 2009
Eugenia_Kim @BizarreJC Yes, so do you think non-white cultures are more apt to be closer to spirit world? #litchat -1:47 PM Jul 17th, 2009
carleenbrice @scgreen LOL! #litchat -1:47 PM Jul 17th, 2009
BizarreJC @scgreen LOL! #litchat -1:47 PM Jul 17th, 2009
Eugenia_Kim @maggiedana Too many spirits talking and crowding her (mind) space. #litchat -1:47 PM Jul 17th, 2009
redRavine @scgreen Be careful what you wish for! #litchat -1:47 PM Jul 17th, 2009
carleenbrice @thebookaddict It’s going a little slow. Hang in there. #litchat -1:47 PM Jul 17th, 2009
thebookaddict @carleenbrice have not read that one, but I heard about it in reading Lace Makers. Will prob check it out! #litchat -1:48 PM Jul 17th, 2009
VanessaDobbs @carleenbrice we just used to say Hello! #litchat -1:48 PM Jul 17th, 2009
Eugenia_Kim @carleenbrice The spirits are upset by this discussion! #litchat -1:48 PM Jul 17th, 2009
BizarreJC @Eugenia_Kim I would have to say yes. IMO non-whites have always looked to the spirits for guidance and a way. #litchat -1:49 PM Jul 17th, 2009
NessieBeliever @BizarreJC Aromas! My dad says he saw my uncle after he died, and the air smelled like witch hazel all around him. #litchat -1:49 PM Jul 17th, 2009
maggiedana @Eugenia_Kim I like your novel’s title. #litchat -1:49 PM Jul 17th, 2009
carleenbrice @BizarreJC @Eugenia_Kim I think all peoples have done this throughout time. Some just admit it more than others. 🙂 #litchat -1:49 PM Jul 17th, 2009
scgreen I’m afraid to hear what my wife would say it smelled like after one of my afterlife visitations. #litchat -1:50 PM Jul 17th, 2009
claudia_m This conversation moves fast! #litchat -1:50 PM Jul 17th, 2009
Eugenia_Kim @maggiedana TY but this chat isn’t about me! #litchat -1:50 PM Jul 17th, 2009
maggiedana @scgreen Old socks? #litchat -1:50 PM Jul 17th, 2009
BizarreJC @NessieBeliever did your uncle use witch hazel a lot when he was living? If so that is the scent he used to make his presence known #litchat -1:51 PM Jul 17th, 2009
kashicat @carleenbrice I think you’re right about all peoples doing it. There can be suppressive religious overlay, but behind the scenes… #litchat -1:51 PM Jul 17th, 2009
scgreen Is anyone hear writing something that walks along these lines? #litchat -1:51 PM Jul 17th, 2009
Eugenia_Kim @kashicat Ooo. Interesting thought: suppressive religious overlay. As if one would supercede the other. #litchat -1:52 PM Jul 17th, 2009
carleenbrice @scgreen My novels have spirits in them. Neither of them have aromas tho. #litchat -1:52 PM Jul 17th, 2009
claudia_m I am particularly fond of Neil Gaiman’s American Gods/Anasi Boys for creative views of the spirit world; anyone else enjoy those? #litchat -1:52 PM Jul 17th, 2009
redRavine @carleenbrice In your view, how do formal religions fit into mysticism, ghosts, ancestors, the Spirits we’re chatting about. #litchat -1:53 PM Jul 17th, 2009
kashicat @Eugenia_Kim I was thinking of rigid fundie-style relig. systems, yet still having “folk” practices & beliefs in non-public spaces #litchat -1:53 PM Jul 17th, 2009
carleenbrice @claudia_m I have GOT to read Gaiman! #litchat -1:53 PM Jul 17th, 2009
scgreen @claudia_m Both are good reads. #litchat -1:53 PM Jul 17th, 2009
CarolyBurnsBass One day scientists may discover we have spiritual DNA that connects us to past and future, a genetic memory that goes both ways. #litchat -1:53 PM Jul 17th, 2009
thebookaddict I’m working on a short story for a contest that involves a ghost…it is inspired by an experience I had several years ago #litchat -1:53 PM Jul 17th, 2009
claudia_m Yes, @carleenbrice! I like the way Gaiman incorporates ancient myths as well as modern “gods” (technology, tv, etc.) #litchat -1:55 PM Jul 17th, 2009
NessieBeliever @claudia_m Yes! Gaiman is awesome. #litchat -1:55 PM Jul 17th, 2009
carleenbrice @redRavine Christianity is very much into spirits & life going beyond this 1. & religions that believe in reincarnation too #litchat -1:55 PM Jul 17th, 2009
Eugenia_Kim @kashicat And yet those fundie orgs have as much spiritual “events” as those they rail against. Yes! SO interesting. #litchat -1:55 PM Jul 17th, 2009
kashicat @claudia_m I liked American Gods, though somehow it felt distant. Hard to describe. Felt it was detached from reader. #litchat -1:55 PM Jul 17th, 2009
abookinhand Darn. It looks like I’m missing a great chat. I’ll have to read it later. Enjoy! #litchat -1:56 PM Jul 17th, 2009
NessieBeliever @CarolyBurnsBass I think you’re right. Or that the afterlife is another dimension and somehow at times there is crossover. #litchat -1:56 PM Jul 17th, 2009
claudia_m @kashicat American God’s narrator was sometimes hard to sympathize with, maybe? #litchat -1:56 PM Jul 17th, 2009
Eugenia_Kim @carleenbrice @redRavine And isn’t that the purpose of religions? To give shape to understand life, and its consequence, death? #litchat -1:57 PM Jul 17th, 2009
kashicat @NessieBeliever @claudia_m Oops, forgot the #litchat for that one. Asking if you’ve read Gaiman’s “Sandman” -1:57 PM Jul 17th, 2009
thebookaddict @scgreen I’m working on a short story for a contest that involves a ghost..it is inspired by an experience I had several years ago #litchat -1:57 PM Jul 17th, 2009
carleenbrice @NessieBeliever All times are happening at once? #litchat -1:57 PM Jul 17th, 2009
VanessaDobbs @carleenbrice justthoughtofanother “ghostly” Author=Phil Rickman #litchat -1:57 PM Jul 17th, 2009
lafreya1 @scgreen I’m working on one where the young woman hears the voice of the ancestors, (sorry I’m late) .#litchat -1:57 PM Jul 17th, 2009
abookinhand I’m so sad I’m missing this… #litchat -1:57 PM Jul 17th, 2009
kashicat @Eugenia_Kim This happened when Christianity tried to overlay Norse beliefs too. I bet there are *still* some who follow Odin 🙂 #litchat -1:58 PM Jul 17th, 2009
carleenbrice @lafreya1 Novel or short story? I hope a novel–would love to read it! #litchat -1:58 PM Jul 17th, 2009
claudia_m @kashicat love, love, love Sandman! another fascinating look at life “behind the scenes” #litchat -1:58 PM Jul 17th, 2009
NessieBeliever @carleenbrice True about Christianity, but I think there is a lot of fear of and confusion about spirits as well. #litchat -1:58 PM Jul 17th, 2009
kashicat @claudia_m Maybe that was it. I didn’t feel I was “living the story” in his head like with some others. #litchat -1:58 PM Jul 17th, 2009
lafreya1 @carleenbrice Novel #litchat -1:59 PM Jul 17th, 2009
redRavine @Eugenia_Kim Yes, that’s true. Though some are more open than others. And some would balk at individual ghosts walking the Earth. #litchat -1:59 PM Jul 17th, 2009
Eugenia_Kim @kashicat I believe in Mount Olympus …when it’s convenient. #litchat -1:59 PM Jul 17th, 2009
CarolyBurnsBass @carleenbrice What are you working on now? #litchat -1:59 PM Jul 17th, 2009
carleenbrice @claudia_m I like that: “life behind the scenes” #litchat -1:59 PM Jul 17th, 2009
NessieBeliever @scgreen I wrote that short story about the ghost dog. 🙂 #Litchat -1:59 PM Jul 17th, 2009
BizarreJC @scgreen the one I’m working on the main character sees the spirit. But the spirit can only speak at a certain time of day. #litchat -2:00 PM Jul 17th, 2009
Eugenia_Kim @thebookaddict @lafreya1 Isn’t it particularly hard to write fiction ghost story, since what makes ghost stories so vivid is truth? #litchat -2:00 PM Jul 17th, 2009
scgreen @NessieBeliever I loved it too. #litchat -2:00 PM Jul 17th, 2009
carleenbrice @BizarreJC Why only a certain time of day? That’s interesting! #litchat -2:00 PM Jul 17th, 2009
LitChat @abookinhand We will post the chatscript on the blog later this weekend. At least you can read the convo. #litchat -2:00 PM Jul 17th, 2009
VanessaDobbs @kashikat my OH interested inViking mythology once invited Jehovahs wits in and tried to convert themto Odin JW not been since #litchat -2:00 PM Jul 17th, 2009
NessieBeliever @scgreen Your WIP is kind of about this topic, wouldn’t you say? #litchat -2:01 PM Jul 17th, 2009
BizarreJC @carleenbrice Because during the day it’s noisy but at night when it’s quiet and your mind is resting you can hear the whispers #litchat -2:01 PM Jul 17th, 2009
kashicat @Eugenia_Kim Ha! I’m like that too. I’m 95% atheist, 5% polytheist when I have my “theist days” <g> #litchat -2:02 PM Jul 17th, 2009
BizarreJC @carleenbrice of the spirit louder. #litchat -2:02 PM Jul 17th, 2009
lafreya1 @Eugenia_Kim girl came to me in my dreams and told me the first line of the novel and the story took off from there #litchat -2:02 PM Jul 17th, 2009
Eugenia_Kim @VanessaDobbs It took me all this time to figure out your abbreviations. I’m too old for this! #litchat -2:02 PM Jul 17th, 2009
carleenbrice @BizarreJC Ah…makes sense. I’ve often thought that’s part of why the departed come in dreams. #litchat -2:02 PM Jul 17th, 2009
scgreen @NessieBeliever Yes. I’m writing something that treads a little darker. #litchat -2:02 PM Jul 17th, 2009
NessieBeliever @scgreen Thanks. ☺ #litchat -2:03 PM Jul 17th, 2009
kashicat @VanessaDobbs That’s hilarious. #litchat (I consider Loki my patron god, the way my life goes. & his ancient feast day is my birthday) -2:04 PM Jul 17th, 2009
LitChat We are at the end of the hour @carleenbrice promised today. Maybe she’ll stick around, but if not, we understand. #litchat -2:04 PM Jul 17th, 2009
NessieBeliever @BizarreJC I love that premise! Awesome. #litchat -2:04 PM Jul 17th, 2009
redRavine @carleenbrice It seems in life, no one talks about or prepares us for death. Yet it’s a bridge. Something we all have in common. #litchat -2:04 PM Jul 17th, 2009
scgreen Grr… Tw’s not posting half of my stuff… Grr.. #litchat -2:04 PM Jul 17th, 2009
thebookaddict @Eugenia_Kim This is my first “real” short story so I haven’t got very far…working w/ the inspiration of a personal experience #litchat -2:04 PM Jul 17th, 2009
VanessaDobbs @Eugenia _Kim abbreviations probably poor spelling LOL #litchat -2:04 PM Jul 17th, 2009
Eugenia_Kim @carleenbrice @BizarreJC We are also ourselves closer to death when we sleep, no? #litchat -2:04 PM Jul 17th, 2009
carleenbrice @LitChat I can stick around a bit longer. This is too interesting. #litchat -2:04 PM Jul 17th, 2009
NessieBeliever @scgreen Yeah. Your spirits are mean and nasty. #Litchat -2:04 PM Jul 17th, 2009
Eugenia_Kim @thebookaddict Hard to know when to let the back door open for fiction. #litchat -2:05 PM Jul 17th, 2009
carleenbrice @NessieBeliever @scgreen Uh oh. Mean, nasty spirits? What do they smell like, Fritos? #litchat -2:05 PM Jul 17th, 2009
BizarreJC @Eugenia_Kim Yes we are. That may explain why I don’t sleep well at all. Goes back to my fear of dying. #litchat -2:05 PM Jul 17th, 2009
LitChat We have two winners of books today, thanks to @carleenbrice and her generosity. Ready to hear the winner names? #litchat -2:05 PM Jul 17th, 2009
scgreen So when writing about spirits/gods/ghosts, does it effect your everyday life? #litchat -2:05 PM Jul 17th, 2009
LitChat Name drawn for winner of ORANGE MINT AND HONEY is…. @kashicat! #litchat -2:06 PM Jul 17th, 2009
carleenbrice @scgreen It can make me a little more open to “coincidences”-the phone rings & no one’s there. a candle gets blown out. #litchat -2:06 PM Jul 17th, 2009
BizarreJC @scgreen not for me it doesn’t. Because they tap me and I can smell them on a regular every day basis. #litchat -2:06 PM Jul 17th, 2009
scgreen I found writing darker things bring stranger sounds at night. Creaking doors that don’t move and the like. #litchat -2:08 PM Jul 17th, 2009
VanessaDobbs @kashicat congratulations #litchat -2:08 PM Jul 17th, 2009
kashicat @LitChat Ooooh! That’s so exciting! Thank you @carleenbrice ! What should I do? #litchat -2:08 PM Jul 17th, 2009
carleenbrice @LitChat @kashicat DM me your snail mail address. #litchat -2:08 PM Jul 17th, 2009
NessieBeliever @carleenbrice @scgreen Fritos? LOL! I think they definitely should, Mr. Green. #litchat -2:08 PM Jul 17th, 2009
BizarreJC @carleenbrice I really enjoyed this chat. #litchat -2:08 PM Jul 17th, 2009
NessieBeliever @kashicat Congratulations! #litchat -2:09 PM Jul 17th, 2009
carleenbrice @scgreen Are you scaring yourself? i think that’s one of the funnest things about writing-making yourself feel whats in the book #litchat -2:09 PM Jul 17th, 2009
scgreen @carleenbrice @Nessiebeliever Sulfur and Fritos… What a novel thought. #litchat -2:09 PM Jul 17th, 2009
carleenbrice @BizarreJC Me too. We should continue the convo at another time. Your book sounds v. interesting! #litchat -2:10 PM Jul 17th, 2009
NessieBeliever @scgreen Watch out you don’t stare too long into that abyss, OK? Don’t want the mean & nasties following you to Writers Group mtgs. #litchat -2:10 PM Jul 17th, 2009
Eugenia_Kim @carleenbrice Thank you all for interesting chat. Since I didn’t win yr book, will order from my indie bookstore today. Bye! #litchat -2:10 PM Jul 17th, 2009
claudia_m @kashicat Congrats! Orange Mint & Honey is EXCELLENT. (And I’m not just saying that cause you-know-who-is-watching.) #litchat -2:10 PM Jul 17th, 2009
BizarreJC @NessieBeliever Thanks. #litchat -2:10 PM Jul 17th, 2009
malenalott Sorry i missed it! can’t wait to read transcript. RT @LitChat: @carleenbrice #litchat -2:10 PM Jul 17th, 2009
carleenbrice @Eugenia_Kim Yay for indie bookstores! Thanks! #litchat -2:10 PM Jul 17th, 2009
carleenbrice @claudia_m All knowing, all seeing author! 🙂 #litchat -2:11 PM Jul 17th, 2009
LitChat Congrats to our book winners @redRavine and @kashicat. Please DM your mailing address and I will pass it along. #litchat -2:11 PM Jul 17th, 2009
carleenbrice My big takeaway: if there’s an afterlife for my cats, there’s one for me. #litchat -2:11 PM Jul 17th, 2009
Eugenia_Kim Just survived the first twitter chat (#litchat) I attended. T’was really fun and interesting! -2:12 PM Jul 17th, 2009
claudia_m @carleenbrice LOL! Well said. #litchat -2:12 PM Jul 17th, 2009
VanessaDobbs @redRavine congratulations #litchat -2:12 PM Jul 17th, 2009
AuthorofPatches Missed #LitChat today but browsing it did give me idea for which of my stories to post @ http://lineaday.blogspot.com for Short Story Sunday -2:12 PM Jul 17th, 2009
George9Writer Caught the end … great #litchat! Looking forward to more -2:13 PM Jul 17th, 2009
NessieBeliever @LitChat Great topic. Thanks for the chat, #Litchat! -2:13 PM Jul 17th, 2009
redRavine @LitChat Thank you so much. I’m excited to read the book. And thank you @carleenbrice for your generosity. #litchat -2:13 PM Jul 17th, 2009
VanessaDobbs @carleenbrice thanks for great chat will def add books to TBR list #litchat -2:13 PM Jul 17th, 2009
BizarreJC @claudia_m I agree it was really good. #litchat -2:13 PM Jul 17th, 2009
LitChat @Eugenia_Kim So glad you survived. You’re on the schedule for August 21! Hear that everyone? #litchat -2:13 PM Jul 17th, 2009
abookinhand @LitChat Thanks…I’ll definitely take the time to read this one. I am really sad I missed it though. 🙂 #litchat -2:14 PM Jul 17th, 2009
scgreen @redRavine @kashicat Congrats! Just remember you can’t take it with you when you pass on, but you can always come back to visit. #litchat -2:14 PM Jul 17th, 2009
carleenbrice Thanks again! #litchat -2:15 PM Jul 17th, 2009
redRavine @scgreen @VanessaDobbs Thank you! #litchat -2:16 PM Jul 17th, 2009
LitChat Lets give @carleenbrice a HUGE T-H-A-N-K Y-0-U for joining us and giving us such a fascinating topic this week. #litchat -2:16 PM Jul 17th, 2009
abookinhand #litchat Congrats to the winners!!! -2:16 PM Jul 17th, 2009
NessieBeliever @carleenbrice Thank you! #litchat -2:17 PM Jul 17th, 2009
kashicat @scgreen Shall we will our copies to you, so you can read them if we depart at some point? <g> #litchat -2:17 PM Jul 17th, 2009
LitChat Thanks also to all of you great litpeeps. You are the rock that keeps LitChat rolling. #litchat -2:17 PM Jul 17th, 2009
maggiedana Thanks, HUGELY, Carleen. It’s been a great #litchat session. #litchat -2:17 PM Jul 17th, 2009
carleenbrice @LitChat I had a ball! Thank you for the invitation! #litchat -2:18 PM Jul 17th, 2009
maggiedana Tweetchat still dropping the odd post. Is there something more reliable for chat sessions? #litchat -2:18 PM Jul 17th, 2009
scgreen @kashicat Sure! Just call before you visit. #litchat -2:19 PM Jul 17th, 2009
LitChat @carleenbrice Stick around as long as you wish. Maybe we’ll have some spirit-tweets. Wouldn’t that be cool? #litchat -2:19 PM Jul 17th, 2009
BizarreJC @carleenbrice Thanks. One day you will see it in print. #litchat -2:20 PM Jul 17th, 2009
carleenbrice @LitChat V. cool but I’m going to take off now. Sleepy from book party last night. #litchat -2:20 PM Jul 17th, 2009
LitChat @maggiedana I haven’t found a better twit-chat room, but if someone knows of one, sure am willing to try it. #litchat -2:21 PM Jul 17th, 2009
kashicat @Eugenia_Kim Glad you enjoyed #litchat – This was my 1st week too. -2:21 PM Jul 17th, 2009
maggiedana @LitChat When TweetChat works, it’s great. Today it was better than normal, but it’s still dropping posts. #litchat -2:22 PM Jul 17th, 2009
maggiedana I got a post about next week’s topic on my regular Twitterfeed, but not via TweetChat. Anyone else having same problem? #litchat -2:22 PM Jul 17th, 2009
rebeccawoodhead #litchat – if anyone wants to vote for me – still not past Lily Allen – I’d be really chuffed. Pen power! http://rebeccawoodhead.com/vote -2:22 PM Jul 17th, 2009
kashicat @BizarreJC I do look forward to seeing your book in print. 🙂 #litchat -2:22 PM Jul 17th, 2009
LitChat Also chatting today was @maggiedana, who is guest hosting next Friday’s litchat. Topic is Finding the Fountain of Youth in Fiction. #litchat -2:24 PM Jul 17th, 2009
kashicat I see #litchat on Tweetdeck so I don’t even know how well it works by other means. -2:24 PM Jul 17th, 2009
kashicat @HyattBass So there are some minor drawbacks with the iPhone after all, eh?? #litchat -2:25 PM Jul 17th, 2009
kashicat @LitChat Great! It’s going to be fun next week. #litchat -2:27 PM Jul 17th, 2009
maggiedana @kashicat Haven’t tried Tweetdeck. How do you like it? #litchat -2:27 PM Jul 17th, 2009
kashicat @maggiedana I really like the setup a lot. I’ve heard some complain so it may work differently for some systems. But I love it. #litchat -2:29 PM Jul 17th, 2009
kashicat @redRavine Bask, baby, bask! #litchat -2:29 PM Jul 17th, 2009
BizarreJC @kashicat Thanks 🙂 #litchat -2:36 PM Jul 17th, 2009

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