I am SO into ghouls right now!
Some people are all about witches. Others are into ghosts. Still more are into skeletons.
But, hey: show me a ghoul that will make my skin crawl, and I am SO. THERE.
As long as I know it can't run after me.
I love this guy (above). Not that I'd leave my Martin for him, but, hey, he is adorable—as long as he's inanimate.
Scary things should never be real, but left to our imaginations.
Once, when our children were just three and five, we took them to a science museum that had an exhibit of animated dinosaurs. All were built to the scientifically-determined heights and colors. They made sounds that you'll remember from the movie, Jurrasic Park.
Delighted, our five-year-old son ran toward the dinosaurs. Our three-year-old daughter followed–
Until she saw a brontosaurus move. Immediately, she did an about-face, leaped into Martin's arms, and literally CLIMBED up his face, holding on for dear life.
What a difference a couple of years in age makes!
Calmly and quietly, Martin explained to her that they were just moving dolls. she peeked at them again. Seeing the joy expressed at the other children who were petting these animatronics, she allowed Martin to edge closer. From her perch, she reached down and petted one of the smaller creatures before smacking it on the nose, declaring, “Bad boy!”
The imagination is the scariest place of all.
Perception vs. reality. Fiction vs. fact. Surreal vs. real. Rightly or wrongly, we deal with assumptions every day, even in small ways—without really knowing the facts.
All the more reason to seek information—look, listen and ask questions—before jumping to conclusions.
In the latest Housewife Assassin book, Donna Craig also perceives ulterior motives that may or may not be real. She and her mission team must chase down the perpetrator assigned to carrying out seven assassination plots.
As always, I had a lot of fun putting our favorite femme fatale in some scary situations and writing her out of them.
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