Friday, October 31, 2014

Scariest Ghost Pictures Ever

It's my favorite holiday of the year!

All month, I've set aside Fridays for scary places. To celebrate the best October Friday of all, I'm celebrating by posting some of the scariest pictures ever taken. One thing you should know is that most pictures involving orbs are pure junk. Usually it's just the reflection of the flash. But people love posting pictures of orbs and claiming those dots are ghosts.

I decided to look up some of the scariest photos ever taken. While there's no way to prove these are 100 percent authentic, many were taken during a time when digital photography and Photoshop hadn't yet been invented. 

Perhaps the most famous is the Brown Lady. The photo was taken at Raynham Hall in England. Many believe the apparition is Dorothy Townshend.

The below photo was taken in Franklin, Tennessee, at a Confederate cemetery. Note the sepia-toned soldier in the upper-right corner.

What's spooky about this picture is that one of the men pictured in the back row (inset) had died two days earlier. He's hiding back there behind the soldier's head. See him?

I've found the scariest images are much more subtle. One of the images I find scariest was captured on video by the TV show Ghost Hunters. An unmanned camera captured what appears to be an apparition moving toward it in the snow.

What's the scariest ghost picture you've ever seen?

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Why You'll Never See Me Feeding a Troll

A long, long time ago in an internet village far, far away, I was a top blogger on MySpace. I shared the top spaces with big names like Matthew McConaughey:

And a whole bunch of people who were famous in the MySpace days:

It all started around 2006, when I discovered the site had a "blog" feature. I posted my first blog, began slowly getting readers, and soon had a fairly large readership. In 2007, when the site was at its peak, I was averaging around 5,000-10,000 views a day.

All of that meant absolutely nothing in the real world, but within that blogging community, it was huge. So huge, in fact, that once you reached that many views you began to be the subject of an astounding amount of hate.

The hatred did a little permanent damage (as I post this, I still have the fear it will unleash one of those crazy-bags on my blog), but I'd like to think it made me stronger. At one point, there was a guy who posted a blog parodying the blog I wrote every single day. If you can write while that's going on, you can write through anything!

Early on in all of that, I learned one very important lesson the hard way:

A woman had written a very hostile tirade because I'd angered her by posting a lighthearted blog about Barbie. I emailed her personally, apologizing for having offended her. Being a nice Southern girl, that's what you do to diffuse a situation...right?

She initiated a fight with me, then posted the entire private message string on her blog for attention. She got it. It was the first incident on the site but it was far from the last. I soon learned to ignore and keep going. The more you ignored them, the dumber they looked.

Recently an author learned this lesson the hard way. She chased a reviewer down and confronted her. That was an extreme example, especially since a negative review is far from "hate," but arguing with people who post negative things online is never, ever a good idea. In fact, if you have the self-control to do it, you should refuse to read the negative comments/reviews about you and continue to move forward as if they don't even exist. 

I know, easier said than done. This might help...

Have you ever been the victim of a cybertroll?

Monday, October 27, 2014

First Review for 25 Roses...and a Giveaway!

I was so excited to see that 25 Roses got its first review this weekend!!! And it was all the way from England. Check it out at Pen and Paper!

Also, I'm giving away an Advance Reader Copy of 25 Roses at Goodreads. The giveaway link is below.

Goodreads Book Giveaway

25 Roses by Stephanie Faris

25 Roses

by Stephanie Faris

Giveaway ends October 31, 2014.
See the giveaway details at Goodreads.
Enter to win

And one last thing...I have brand new bookmarks for 25 Roses, designed by the fantabulous It Girl Designs. If you'd like a stack of free bookmarks for your school or library (or just for the tween girls in your life and their friends), email me your mailing address and I'll put some in the mail. Here they are: