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

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

Behind the Scenes: The Real in Paranormal Reality TV Presentation at LaSalle Public Library in LaSalle, Illinois
July 12, 2016, 6 p.m.

Vegas Supernatural with Sherry Heyerly of The R.I.P. Files
July 25, 2016, 5 p.m. PST 

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 the Willowbrook Ballroom in Willow Springs, Illinois
October 7-9, 2016

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

Scary Stories: A Documentary
Coming Soon

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
Coming Soon

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 all of their fabulous sterling silver jewelry, handmade in Bali, 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!

Sunday, May 1, 2016

May News and Updates

Welcome!

This month I'm getting married to my best friend and partner in life and crime (and set photographer for The R.I.P. Files, among his many talents), Jonathan Montgomery Pollock. Our big day is May 8! So two quick things before it's back to wedding madness: the second edition of Breakfast with Bigfoot is now available at Barnes & Noble.com, and the Season 2 finale of The R.I.P. Files will air on Syfy Asia on May 3, after having aired nightly throughout April in their prime time lineup! We anticipate being able to announce the next major international network, and our air date on it, very soon. The excitement continues! Please follow us on Facebook and Twitter if you haven't already, and view the Season 2 Teaser. Cheers! ~Amelia

Give Back, Get Involved

This month we celebrate Memorial Day in the United States, the official day to remember those who have died serving in the country's armed forces. I challenge you this month to give of your time or money to a worthy veterans' organization. The R.I.P. Files cast member Kenna Ray Hunter's husband, Eric Hunter, is an Army veteran who was severely wounded and lost his right leg after stepping on an IED in Afghanistan in 2012. Kenna and Eric highly recommend the Semper Fi Fund. My uncle Bernard W. Masino is a Marine and Vietnam War veteran. In 2014, I helped him compile his memoir, Medals, Memories, and a Journey in Healing: Reflections on Vietnam, My Private War. For a free PDF copy, email me at ameliamcotter@gmail.com. I encourage you to learn about the incredible lives of our veterans, living and deceased alike. Then, go forth and tell their stories!

Friday, April 1, 2016

April News and Updates

Welcome!

It's National Poetry Month and April 17 is International Haiku Poetry Day! Check out this month's poetry-themed Give Back, Get Involved challenge below. In book news, the beautifully illustrated second edition of Breakfast with Bigfoot was released in paperback last month, and This House: The True Story of a Girl and a Ghost has been celebrating its five-year anniversary in style by reaching the top 10 in Kindle's Children's Scary Stories. The R.I.P. Files continues to air on Syfy Asia, and we should be able to announce the next major international network soon! Meanwhile, the filming of Season 3 is well under way and I'm busy traveling, learning, and rolling with all of the ups, downs, challenges, changes, and surprises that this crazy life has to offer. Please continue to support us by following us on Facebook and Twitter, and check out the Season 2 Teaser. Happy Spring! ~Amelia

Give Back, Get Involved

With April being National Poetry Month, there should be no shortage of poetry displays, readings, workshops, and other related activities at your local libraries and arts centers. This is a great month to get in touch with your inner poet, or simply read and enjoy some beautiful poetry! I already challenged you to write one haiku a day in February for the NaHaiWriMo. So this month I'm going easy on you and challenging you to simply read and share a book of poetry that inspires you, and then write one poem, of any style, and share it with the world or with that one special person who will really appreciate it. Haiku in English: The First Hundred Years is on my spring reading wish list, but for this challenge I think I will revisit Sherman Alexie's The Business of Fancy Dancing: Stories and Poems. Now, go forth and tell your stories!

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Breakfast with Bigfoot Second Edition Paperback Released!

Bigfoot is back, and breakfast is served (again)! Following last summer's second edition Kindle release, Breakfast with Bigfoot is now available as a beautiful, full-color paperback. For Bigfoot lovers ages three through six 106!

Fun fact: based on an actual Bigfoot encounter reported to the Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

The R.I.P. Files Now Airing on Syfy Asia!

Season 2 of The R.I.P. Files is now airing on Syfy Asia on Tuesday nights at 10:50 p.m./9:50 p.m. (JKT/THAI). View the commercial trailer here and tune in if you're able! Welcome new viewers and fans!

Yours truly on the far right. The one who wore short shorts for a photo that would be shown to half the world.