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I’ve Been Nominated!

9 Oct

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I’ve been nominated for a Liebster Award! I’m honored that someone thought I was cool enough for this. Thank you Levi and Laura for the nomination! I’m flattered and honored that a place where I can share with everyone has been given a positive nod.

This isn’t a big reward that gets national attention; it’s just an award which lets you post the medal on your blog. It’s for small blogs with less than 200 followers. All the best blogs start this way, so I’m proud to be part of the tradition! And hey, for those who don’t know about blogging, an award looks pretty darn good! I’m totally bragging about the nomination.

OK, to start with, I have to answer ten questions posed to me by the person who nominated me. Then, I have to choose five blogs which have under 200 followers. I then send them my ten questions, made up by me.

Let’s get started:

1. If you could talk to one piece of your furniture, which would it be? The stove. I want to know why it alternates between burning and undercooking everything I feed to it.

2. What was the last thing you ate? Fajita and Bean Soup by Campbell’s. So bad for you but….. YUM!

3. What kind of dinosaur would you want as a pet? Pterydactyl because it’ll fly away. I don’t want a dinosaur.

4. If you could witness any historical event of the past, what would it be? The Lizzie Borden murders. What really happened????

5. Who would win in a foot race: your favorite author or your favorite actor? Favorite actor. Favorite author is dead. Can’t run too far.

6. What was the last book you read that you really enjoyed? I don’t remember what it was called but it was a book about a woman who dreamed of ghosts. She was psychic and stuff and the male ghost would…… *ahem*……… yeah……

7. Have you ever gotten a speeding ticket? If so, where were you? I got a speeding ticket somewhere very very bad. The court date is in a month and a half (I’m not kidding)

8. What was the first concert you attended? Dave Matthews Band.

9. If you could be famous for something, what would it be? Writing!!!!!

10. What’s the theme song to your life? Breathe by Erasure

My turn!

Here are my five nominees:

Figuring It Out

John Bratingham

Kindle Affairs

Just as the Cock Crows

Naomi Talks Beauty

Here are the ten questions:

1. If you could ask your dog one question, what would it be?

2. If you only had one book left, what would it be?

3. Where do you see yourself in ten years?

4. For what would you like to be famous?

5. Do you believe in ghosts?

6. Which hobby would you do all the time, if you could?

7. What would you do with an immediate $1,000?

8. What is your favorite adventure?

9. What is your earliest memory?

10. When was the last time you belly laughed?

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BOO!

12 Sep

Imagine fear. You know what it feels like when someone jumps around the corner at you and yells “BOO!” You know the initial jolt associated with a good scare. You know you love it and hate it at the same time.

That’s what it was like to be on the set of “House on Ghost Hill” by the iamhorror team last weekend. The fear was immediate and completely fun. I had the pleasure of sitting in on a true horror scene, and I was honestly scared with every take.

I did watch the scene a few times over, and I did know what was coming, but it didn’t matter. I was still scared every time a certain someone said their lines just right. I’m not going to reveal what lines scared me most; in fact, that’s why there are no pictures this time – I can’t give away the exciting scary parts! Just know that, if the scenes scared me while I was sitting right there, knowing the actors and watching many different takes, then what will they do for you, as the viewer??

You’ll have to find out. You’ll have to get this movie when it comes out. You’ll have to find out what happens to our hero as he discovers the secrets of this house and the truth around him. Believe me when I say that you have to watch this movie, and you have to watch it with the lights on. If the crew jumps at every take, what will you do in your living room? I know I can’t wait to find out!

Stay tuned for the final during-production blog. I’ll be heading into post-production with the crew, but the posts will take longer to create. Hang in there with us and keep an eye on the iamhorror website for all the latest movie updates! 

Week Three – Covered in Fog

30 Jul

Week three of filming found me sad to have missed week two, but I was not to be disappointed. A mysterious fog rolled in as I started to get ready to head to the house secured by iamhorror.com. I climbed into the car, unable to shake the feeling of mystery surrounding me. Again, I sped along the roads looking for the lurking house always full of questions.

The house sneaks up on you, as if it's holding its secrets at bay.

The house sneaks up on you, as if it’s holding its secrets at bay.

Of course, everyone was there when I arrived, and they were ready to go! Conversation around bagels were in full swing in the barn and the crew was scurrying everywhere to prepare for the day’s shoot. Today’s scenes were to be some introductory scenes outdoors and some secret scenes indoors. Those scenes in the closed house are the ones I can’t wait to see!

This innocent kitten is oblivious to the horror happening just outside his barn door.

This innocent kitten is oblivious to the horror happening just outside his barn door.

Again this week, the crew was applying makeup, but with a new crew member. Diana had entered their ranks to help with the makeup which would make the scenes come alive. She was excited to be there and greeted me with a warm smile and hand shake. Welcome Diana! You’re in for the experience of a lifetime!

Diana helps pretty up Denise - though not much work needs to be done!

Diana helps pretty up Denise – though not much work needs to be done!

Diana laughs with Maddy in the barn.

Diana laughs with Maddy in the barn.

Meanwhile, the scenes in and around the house were being set. I was lucky enough to be inside while the props were applied and the sun, which had burned away the secret of the fog, streamed down on us from overhead. Windows were being covered, scenes were being reviewed and equipment was readied all over the farm.

Mark with the equipment indoors.

Mark with the equipment indoors.

The house looks on as equipment is placed everywhere.

Renee and Bassam, the amazing script crew, look on while they wait for their turn to work.

Finally, it was time to film. Directors signaled for silence. “Action!” and “Cut!” broke the stillness of the farm. The animals played around crew and cast as the actors pulled off some amazing footwork. Watching this team work brings chills unmatched by the house itself – they are a group of professionals who take this film very seriously. House on Ghost Hill is lucky to have such a dedicated team working on its premier.

Week three brought more mystery to the set on the second day of shooting, when the executive producer Doug and the homeowner Steve leaned over a sub-basement shrouded in darkness. What had crawled out of there in the past? Had there been illegal liquor or perhaps runaway slaves down there?  The house had been close to both of these activities. What type of feelings would we feel down there? Residual tenseness? Sadness? Excitement from the slaves so very close to freedom, the could taste it? This house certainly was holding some huge secrets that it didn’t want us to find.

Anything could have happened down here.

Anything could have happened down here.

Doug and Steve inspect the sub-basement. The house opened up one of its doors and revealed an amazing mystery.

Doug and Steve inspect the sub-basement. The house opened up one of its doors and revealed an amazing mystery.

Just outside the gaping hole in the floor, people were working hard to set up the equipment for some creepy basement scenes. Sam, a professional videographer, arranged cameras and marveled at the camera’s capabilities.

Sam and his camera.

Sam and his camera.

Finally, filming was ready to roll. I stepped out of the house because the spaces are just too small for an extra reporter, but that didn’t stop my work. The property is so bundled in things to find that I didn’t have any trouble finding uses for my camera. I hiked the property and snapped a number of images, which came out beautifully. As most farms are, this one was dusty, though it is quite well maintained. I leave you with one final image, one for your speculation. I leave you with your own questions to answer. Is this a speck of dust from the farm, or is it something more – something or someone who just might make a guest appearance on the film itself?

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What’s Going On Downtown??

22 Jun

At this very moment, something big is happening in downtown Binghamton. In a cute loft above the city in the middle of the heat, a fascinating group of artistic and amazing individuals are reading the script for the newest iamhorror (iamhorror.com) production! It’s the very first reading! This production has moved from an idea to an actual filming in motion event. I’m so excited I can’t contain it! You should be excited too – this is going to be an amazing movie. Get ready for some truly fun cinema. The movie isn’t coming out for a while, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be psyched about it!

Here's the team taking a break during the script reading of "House on Ghost Hill!"

Here’s the team taking a break during the script reading of “House on Ghost Hill!”

“A Midsummer’s Dream” is Only Nine Dreams Away!

20 Jun

The fairy festival is coming! It’s not that far away – do you have your tickets yet? Remember, they are down at Imagicka, and according to my friends there, you will bypass the entrance gate lines if you pre-purchase. Simply take your tickets and walk straight to the gate. They’ll take care of you if you have tickets in hand!

Trust me, you want to go to this event. Where else can you see the goblins?

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I promise they’ll be there again this year – they were causing a ruckus at Imagicka only a few weeks ago! We were there thinking over what we would buy to wear to the festival. The fairies were at Imagicka too – they were positive that my daughter was a magical fairy in disguise. I think they might be right!

Pick a day and head out or check out the camping, where I’ve been told the show goes on into the night. The night entertainment is just as much fun as the day show with drum circles and (family safe) fire shows! Light up the night after a full day of partying with the fairies. Where else can you find such an exciting three day event so very close to home?

This event is a must see. I want you all to come with me because I want everyone to witness the beauty that is the fairies. There’s magic in the woods – come help me find it!

Abby throwing fairy dust!

Abby throwing fairy dust!

Offbeat Families New Post

10 Jun

Hey everyone! Check out my latest:

http://offbeatfamilies.com/2013/06/free-range-parenting

I’m so excited! It’s a guest blog commenting on a certain parenting style.

I Am Horror Begins Production on their Second Feature Soon!

7 Jun

iamhorror.com. That’s the address that you need to check out the most awesome name in local Binghamton horror! They are a local film company creating their second feature film and they would love our support!

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Head over to their website to buy their first film, Demon Messenger. It’s not your regular horror film. Sure, there’s a monster and people are scared, but you will be watching this film through your fingers. A family in the Adirondacks is torn where many real live North East homeowners are torn – over that damn Marcellus Shale. Do they take the money or do they save the beautiful rolling hills the family has enjoyed for generations? The choice is made for them when anti-fracking enthusiasts call out an ancient Indian demon to protect the forest. After the demon is called up, however, everyone gets a little more than what they bargained for.

Seriously, buy this movie. It’s all about Binghamton and what we are dealing with – with just a little twist. Well, a big, bloody twist. Watch the trailer. You’ll get a feel for the movie, and if you’re from Binghamton, you’ll get an emotional charge from it because you are facing exactly what these people are facing. What would you do if the choice were to frack or call up a demon to get rid of the frackers? What are you currently doing about the fracking proposals here in Binghamton? Add a touch of fantasy to your activism.

After you watch this movie, you will hunger for more. Don’t worry; iamhorror is currently working on their next big feature, House on Ghost Hill. If you love ghosts as much as I do, you’ve seen the reality ghost hunting shows. In the next iamhorror masterpiece, a ghost hunting reality team is featured, and just might get exactly what they came for…. but you’ll have to buy the movie when it’s finished to find out for yourself!

Buy the first movie because it strikes an emotional cord with Binghamton residents. Buy the second movie because finally, we just might see a ghost hunting team find a real live ghost! Finally, buy this stuff because it’s a local company. Be Binghamton and be proud!

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