19 October 2017 @ 09:16 am
Southern FriedSouthern Fried by Cathy Pickens

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Avery andrews returned home to her western South Carolina home to chaos. There are dead bodies, insane admirers, a few steel magnolias, bikers, and more intrigue than any city could offer. she settles into her grandfather's cabin and drives his vintage Mustang as she ends up in the middle of untangling the insanity. She sets up shop, more or less, and begins to practice law though she isn't sure she knows what she's doing and knows she doesn't seem to be making much money. Her clients are that crazy admirer who fakes a murder to get her attention, a husband who is assumed to have killed his wife 15 years prior, a factory owner who is knee deep in trouble and seems completely oblivious. Throw in a large nasty sheriff and several crazy redneck types and you get a lot of action, humor and intrigue for Avery.

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19 October 2017 @ 08:49 am
Tomorrow, we'll have another mystery!

18 October 2017 @ 01:49 am
I had a really fun final game of the night session of Town of Salem (omg, being vet is literally the best role ever) and now I'm going to bed cuz TIRED. xD

Just wanted to say my NaNo story idea/brainstorming thingabob is still open to ideas. So far, I'm looking at a potential NaNo Original fic with femslash, involving skypirates, mystery, and a possible revenge questline. =D More ideas are welcomed! (Setting? Genres? Cryptids or not? xD )

Also - [community profile] holly_poly is open for signups! It's a multimedia exchange for OT3s and moresomes! =D I already signed up and sign ups look a little slow, so come on! (Maybe they're not slow, I just may be really excited about them.)

[community profile] femslashex, btw, has their collection open for extra fics/treats and author reveals haven't happened yet so maybe write a drabble for someone? I wrote one! =D I'm hoping to write more, even after reveals. =B --- I really wanted to participate in the exchange, but I wasn't confident in my writing at the time of signups so I bowed out. Now, however, I wanna WRITE SO MUCH YAY! xD

And I believe [community profile] smallfandombang is still open for signups! I still haven't decided exactly on what I want to write, but I'll think of something.

Ok, sleeeep nowwwww. =3=
Current Music: "Me, Myself, and I" - G. Easy, Beba Rexha
18 October 2017 @ 12:44 am
North Carolina has many ghosts and strange stories and perhaps the most famous real life pirate of all met his end in North Carolina. Edward Teach was the name he used but you know him as Blackbeard.

Here is his story: )

This article was copied from here: http://northcarolinaghosts.com/coast/blackbeards-ghost/ The photos were added by me.

Blackbeard's ship, the Queen Anne's Revenge was found several years ago and there is an exhibit of pieces of the ship and many, many artifacts as well as several education programs on the pirate himself and the salvage operation itself at the North Carolina Maritime Museum in the historic and quite lovely town of Beaufort, NC. The artifacts are fascinating and I think they give a real glance at life in the early 18th century.

North Carolina's Beaufort, by the way is pronounced bow-fort.
I usually ignore the salt measurements except when baking, and just salt to taste, but that's because I've been cooking since I've been old enough to drag a chair to the stove and push vegetables around on a skillet. This is potentially disastrous to people who don't know as much about cooking!

Sometimes your recipes call for a specific type of salt - and there could be an actual reason why. Not if it's trendy salt, usually, but if it's "sea salt," Diamond kosher salt, or Morton's kosher salt, there's a specific reason and you should actually pay attention. Who knew?

I mean, I've been cooking for multiple decades and I had no fucking clue before this morning, so if you didn't know, don't feel bad! Hell, Bon Appetit magazine didn't even know until 2013, and they're goddamn Bon Appetit gourmet magazine.

This is going to make a world of difference in my pickling, that's for sure. No wonder my pickled turnips always turn out too salty.

The Kosher Salt Question

Tagline: Prized for its purity and flaky texture, kosher salt has been a home-cooking standard for decades. But the two major brands, Diamond Crystal and Morton, are very different products. Your ruined meatballs can attest.
17 October 2017 @ 08:20 am
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17 October 2017 @ 07:43 am
I have never seen the lights but Larry has. I asked him if they were really just car headlights and he said no and they are quite eerie to see.

This article comes from this site: North Carolina Ghosts.

The Brown Mountain Lights )

Where to go to see the lights

Brown Mountain is located in the Pisgah National Forest, and there a few nearby overlooks commonly used to observe the lights.

Brown Mountain Overlook, located 20 miles north of Morganton on NC highway 181, 1 mile south of the Barkhouse Picnic Area.

Wiseman's View Overlook can be found 5 miles south of Linville Falls on Kistler Memorial Highway, which is also Old NC 105 and State Road 1238.

Lost Cove Cliffs Overlook, which is found on the Blue Ridge Parkway, at mile-post 310, 2 miles north of the NC highway 181 junction.

The lights are most commonly seen on clear, dry nights in the autumn. Moonless nights can be a boon to visibility. The lights are a relatively rare occurrence, and many people have sat on a car hood late into the evening staring into the darkness and seeing nothing. But it's definitely worth a look.
16 October 2017 @ 10:48 am
A Tale from Haunted West Virginia

The history of the Greenbrier Ghost may be one of the most unique stories in the annals of ghostlore. This strange tale from rural West Virginia is not only a part of supernatural history, but of the history of the American judicial system as well. It remains a one of a kind event.. the only case in which the word of a ghost helped to solve a crime and convict a murderer!
The Story )

Zona's tombstone:

Author Sharyn McCrumb has written an excellent book about the Greenbrier Ghost. It is called The Unquiet Grave and tells the story of Zona Shue from several points of view. I highly recommend it.
The Diva Haunts the House (A Domestic Diva Mystery, #5)The Diva Haunts the House by Krista Davis

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I read this one for my Cozy Mystery club at Facebook and I enjoyed it quite a lot. I like Halloween themed books and this one had parties, spookiness and a real murder just for fun. I liked the main character quite a lot but hope to read the previous 4 to get caught up on the backstory. Sophie is an event planner and she is directing the work on the town's haunted house and, of course, things go awry. Her ex and her cop boyfriend figure quite prominently in the story as does her niece, Jen, who is a local teen staying with her for Halloween.

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