Sunday, May 3, 2020

Haibun #3: Hibernaculum

In the spirit of the strength and resiliency that we could all use a little more of right now:

Hibernaculum

My weapons come with me everywhere I go.
I am ready for the fight, come lightness or weight of days.

spring thaw—
the barren ground swells
beneath a billowing sky

"Hibernaculum," copyright 2020 Amelia Cotter (Black Bough Poetry Issue 1, 2019)

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

New Release: This House: The True Story of a Girl and a Ghost 10th Anniversary Edition!

Today is book day! The 10th anniversary edition of my first book, This House: The True Story of a Girl and a Ghost, is now available from Haunted Road Media!

If you're one of the many people adding books to your shelves and e-readers right now, please consider this one. It's the little piece of nostalgia "that could"a quick read for ghost story lovers and young/young adult readers (ages 9-12) that launched my writing career. The book has sold thousands of copies since it was first self-published a decade ago, and I am so proud to be working with Haunted Road Media, an excellent small press to support right nowto bring this beautiful edition to collectors and hopefully a new generation of Walter's fans.

Virtual Launch Party: I invite you to join me next Tuesday, April 14, for a special edition of Spooky Story Tuesdays at 7 p.m. | 6 p.m. CST via Facebook Live! I will read an excerpt from This House, share some other haunted house stories, show you some objects from Walter's House, and answer your questions.

How to win a signed copy: Anyone who participates in the Virtual Launch Party and leaves a comment will be entered for a chance to win a signed copy of the book! Likewise, anyone who retweets my pinned tweet on Twitter through Tuesday, April 14 will also be entered to win a signed copy of the book. Winners will be announced shortly after!

Your support is greatly appreciated. Everyone be safe and well. Thanks and Happy Hauntings!

In March 2020, I returned, for the first time in more than a decade,
to the site in Baltimore County, Maryland, where Walter's House once stood.

Friday, March 20, 2020

#GiveBackGetInvolved: Spooky Story Tuesdays and Supportive Listening

Spooky Story Tuesdays: For thousands of years before electricity, people passed the time in the evenings by reading and telling stories by candle- or firelight. In honor of that tradition, I will be doing a somewhat updated version of this for a half hour every Tuesday at 7 p.m. | 6 p.m. CST via Facebook Live on my personal page (I will also share and make the posts public, but feel free to send me a friend request), for as long as this self-quarantine/social distancing period lasts. I will read or tell a mix of classic ghost stories from my bookshelf, share some of my own works and the works of my friends, and update you all on what I'm currently reading.

Do you need someone to talk to?: Right now, many folks in the writing community and beyond are sharing amazing resources for creative ways to pass the time, as well as offering services to help them and their small businesses stay afloat during these unprecedented times. Most of my spring events have been cancelled, and I’m currently working remotely, with paychecks on the way through at least mid-April. Because I’m in a uniquely safe position, I want to make myself available and useful to the community in some way. Many years ago, I was a counselor at a call center, answering calls for all major national crisis hotlines. I would be happy to dust off my old supportive listening skills and chat with anyone out there who is feeling lonely or a little stir-crazy, or just needs to talk. Please feel free to reach out to me via comment or social media, or email me at ameliamcotter@gmail.com any time, and we can arrange a phone or video chat.

Everyone be safe and well!
~Amelia