Monday, September 19, 2016

The R.I.P. Files Now Airing on Really TV!

Season 2 of The R.I.P. Files is now airing on Really TV Monday through Friday at 4 p.m. and 12 a.m. (GMT+1). You can also continue to stream the show here if you live in the UK. Welcome new viewers and fans!

Keep calm and explore the darkness with us...

Thursday, September 1, 2016

September News and Updates

Welcome!

We're heading into fall, my favorite time of year, and this season it'll be all The R.I.P. Files, all the time. Along with the show, I now have a profile on IMDb! That means I've made it, right? Season 2 continues to stream on UKTV Play and will begin airing on Really TV on Monday, September 19 (separate announcement to follow). We're taking a break from filming this month and then beginning Season 4 in, appropriately, late October. During that time, Season 3 should also begin airing. Please follow us on Facebook, Twitter @RIPInvestigator, and now Instagram @RIPInvestigator, check out the Season 2 Teaser if you haven't yet, and subscribe to our new YouTube channel. I am also looking forward to a great lineup of appearances and events this fall, as well as my and Jonathan's wedding celebration with family and friends and our honeymoon down in Florida! Oh, and pumpkin spice everything. Happy Autumn! ~Amelia

Me, busy playing myself in real life.
Photo by Jonathan Montgomery Pollock.
Upcoming Appearances

Monsters: Fact and Folklore Presentation at Mather'sMore Than a Café in Portage Park, Chicago
September 29, 2016, 2 p.m.

Chicago Ghost Conference with The R.I.P. Files at Willowbrook Ballroom in Willow Springs, Illinois (Details Coming Soon)
October 7, 2016

Haunted History of Chicago Presentation at Asbury Court Retirement Center in Des Plaines, Illinois
October 10, 2016, 3:00 p.m.

Haunted History of Chicago Stories at Adler Planetarium's Adler After Dark: Nightmare in Chicago
October 20, 2016, 6 p.m.


Krampusnacht Chicago at DANK Haus German American Cultural Center (Details Coming Soon)
December 5, 2016

Scary Stories: A Documentary
Coming in 2017

I am also available year-round for Chicago ghost tours! To schedule a walking tour of the Loop or Lincoln Park, for a group or as few as two people, contact me at ameliamcotter@gmail.com.

Upcoming Publications

Contributor to Haunted Bachelors Grove, by Ursula Bielski
October 10, 2016

Give Back, Get Involved

Even though we're almost in the magical season of harvest, holidays, reflection, and new beginnings, there are still a few weeks left to squeeze in one final summer adventure! In June, I challenged you to do something that you were afraid to do in the context of facing or overcoming anxiety. This month, I am challenging you to get out and explore a place you have never been to before...just for fun. My goal with being an author and storyteller, and all of this ghost stuff, has always been to inspire others to explore and be excited about the world around us. I'd love to hear all about where you decide to go, and then afterward how it went. Road trip, anyone? Now, go forth and tell your stories!

Thursday, August 4, 2016

The R.I.P. Files Now Streaming on UKTV Play!

Season 2 of The R.I.P. Files is now streaming on UKTV Play and will air this fall on Really TV! Check back soon for more details. Welcome new viewers and fans!

Keep calm and explore the darkness with us...

Monday, August 1, 2016

August News and Updates

Welcome!

This month marks exactly five years since my first book, This House: The True Story of a Girl and a Ghost, was published by Black Oak Media. To celebrate, the Kindle edition of the book will be available for free through August 5! My current publisher, FoF Publishing (formerly Breaking Fate Publishing), has run this promotion in the past and I am thrilled and blessed to be able to continue sharing the third edition with fans around the world! Also, next week I will update this post with the results of #SandpiperSummer, my Chicago Lymphoma Walk 5K fundraising collaboration with the fair trade jewelry company I model for, Sandpiper Imports. (See July News and Updates for more details!) In television news, Season 2 of The R.I.P. Files will reair on Syfy Asia starting August 16, and we'll wrap up filming Season 3 the week after. The big announcement about the next major international network is literally around the corner! ...While you wait, follow us on Facebook and Twitter, and watch the Season 2 Teaser. Thanks! ~Amelia

(Update, 8/8/16: As promised, I am sharing the results of #SandpiperSummer! Sandpiper Imports owner Erika and I hosted a successful trunk show event at Chicago's Seek Vintage on Friday night. Erika provided a $36 donation toward my fundraising goal for the Chicago Lymphoma Walk 5K, and I received a total of $271 in donations! The Walk took place yesterday and was so much of fun and very moving, and I wore my survivor shirt with pride. I am so grateful to everyone who purchased jewelry and/or made a donation. Additionally, the Kindle edition of This House: The True Story of a Girl and a Ghost reached #5 in Children's Scary Stories last week! I am so blessed and happy to be here! Thank you all so much! ~Amelia)

Give Back, Get Involved

This month, I challenge you to look up, be amazed, and engage in the mysteries of the heavens above. The annual Perseid meteor shower is expected to be extra spectacular this year, and all you need to view it is a dark sky. The best times for viewing will be the evening of August 11 and the morning of August 12, but meteors will be visible from around July 17 through August 24. Also check for local "viewing parties," where you may have the opportunity to meet astronomers and view other planets and stars through high powered telescopes. Chicagoans, here's looking at you. Now, go forth and tell your stories!

Friday, July 1, 2016

July News and Updates

Welcome!

In the spirit of last week’s announcement about being the official jewelry model for fair trade company Sandpiper Imports, owner Erika and I are launching ‪#‎SandpiperSummer‬. Fifteen percent of sales through August 6 will be donated toward my personal fundraising goal for the Chicago Lymphoma Walk 5K on August 7. I’m almost at my 10-year Hodgkin lymphoma remission mark and I’m really looking forward to the walk this year! If you'd like to participate (and get some awesome jewelry):

1. Make a note of the pieces you are interested in from the website but don’t create an account. Sandpiper Imports is a small company and the website is set up for wholesale orders only.
2. Email Erika at sandpiper@sandpiperimports.com with your selections, along with #SandpiperSummer in the subject line.
3. She'll provide you with prices and take care of you from there. Your purchases will already support a female-owned business, female artisans, and fair trade, and will also help to fund cancer research.


Feel free to contact either of us if you have any questions! I will share the results in August. In other reminders, check back soon for news about the The R.I.P. Files, follow us on Facebook and Twitter, and watch the Season 2 Teaser. Thank you for your support! ~Amelia

Give Back, Get Involved

This month, I challenge you to register for a 3K, 5K, or 10K charity walk or run near you. The Chicago Lymphoma Walk 5K is a walk-only event, but I am training and planning to run a 5K one of these days. (Chicago's Rosehill Cemetery Crypt 5K Run & Walk in October looks like a lot of fun!) In addition to the obvious health benefits, these events are easy and fun ways to raise money for worthy causes, give back to the community, and be an active part of the community. Live in or near Chicago? Walk with me in August! Otherwise, Active.com and RunGuides.com are good places to start. Now, go forth and tell your stories!

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Amelia is the Official Jewelry Model for Sandpiper Imports!

This year I became the official jewelry model for the fair trade company Sandpiper Imports. That's at size 10 with visible scars from having cancerladies, you are beautiful just as you are, and we are all enough just as we are! I'm super excited to be opening new doors for myself and hopefully others through this opportunity. Please check out their website, featuring their fabulous collection of sterling silver jewelry designed and handcrafted in Bali, Indonesia, and me wearing it.


One of my favorite featured shots. All modeling photos by Jonathan Montgomery Pollock.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

June News and Updates

Welcome!

Jonathan and I had a beautiful private wedding on May 8 at Starved Rock State Park in Utica, Illinois, and enjoyed a quick getaway in Connecticut the following weekend for one of my best friend's weddings. So far, married life suits us quite well! Now it's back to business as usual until October, when we will head down to sunny southern Florida for a ceremony with family and friends, followed by a much-anticipated honeymoon. What a year! In the meantime, I'm happy to say that I'm now listed, with selected works, on the Haiku Foundation's Haiku Registry. There is a lot of excitement in store for the summer, including my latest career leap into fair trade jewelry modeling for Sandpiper Imports!, and getting started on my next book project. It also looks like the next major international network airing for The R.I.P. Files will be in the fall, just in time for Halloween season, so I will leave you in suspense until then. Season 2 ended at the beginning of May as one of Syfy Asia's top three shows, with Season 1 airing now. As always, please follow us on Facebook and Twitter and watch the Season 2 Teaser. Happy Summer! ~Amelia

Give Back, Get Involved

This year I am embarking on many new endeavors, both personally and professionally. Most people don't know that I live with generalized anxiety disorder, making the landscape of everyday life feel like a battleground sometimes. Hopes, dreams, and opportunities often feel more daunting than exciting, even though the anxiety has never stopped me from fully living, hoping, dreaming, or taking every opportunity that comes my way. Generalized anxiety requires daily management, and I've learned that one of the best ways to challenge my anxiety is to do the very things that make me anxious. So my challenge this month for you is to challenge one of your fears. It might be something adventurous like going whitewater rafting or holding a boa constrictor. Or it might be something more personal, like getting back in contact with someone special to you or applying for that job you've been wanting. If you have more severe anxiety, finding a way to talk about it might be your challenge. You are not alone. Help and resources are just a click or call away, with organizations like the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline assisting people needing help of any kind 24 hours a day. Every small victory leads to a more fulfilling life. Now, go forth and tell your stories!