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10 New Year’s Resolutions

I’ve got a few New Year’s Resolutions for my writing, and no it isn’t to become a New York Times Bestseller. Let’s be realistic here, alright?

1. Write more posts on the blog (maybe 3 or 4 a month besides reviews)

Difficulty level… 5/10. Making them good posts? 10/10

2. Finish Enden 2 and start Enden 3

I’ll give updates on these soon, but I’m really enjoying writing them again, which is something I kind of lost when starting Enden 2. I’ve got some exciting ideas, and I’m doing my best to stay motivated with it.

3. Finish Werifesteria and release it

This is the one I’m most excited about, and I have no idea when I’m going to publish it. It’ll be good, though.

4. Make at least 50 bucks every month from writing

Again, this is doable. I can definitely average 50, but I want to make at least this much every month. Thanks to you awesome people, it’s a very reasonable goal ūüėČ

5. Publish ONLY 3 things this year

This is the big one. I really want to focus on quality, not quantity, because I feel like my schedule is becoming more cramped lately and to produce at the level I have been would require a drop in my work’s value. I want to write the best books possible, every single time, and so I’ll be taking longer between publishing dates. And yes, I will eventually make a Mr. Telo 3 (if none of you ever read those, then click here.)

 

And now, without further ado, I’ll rattle off my OTHER New Year’s Resolutions.

6. For January, don’t drink any soda. (eeekkkkkkkkkkk so hard)

7. Workout five times a week, every week. And go to Crossfit more. Come on.

8. Don’t stress about money, whether that’s for gas, groceries, or random books you see in the local Pride marketplace.

9. Enjoy life as much as possible, not letting little things becomes big deals

10. Be kind to everyone.

 

December Thoughts on College Basketball

  1. Trae Young from Oklahoma (a.k.a. next Steph Curry) is the best player right now
  2. The FBI investigation seems to have disappeared?
  3. Having Big 10 play conferences super early is weird
  4. SEC or ACC team will win championship
  5. Big 10 might really be bad
  6. Player of the Year– Trae Young vs Marvin Bagley
  7. Michigan State isn’t good, again
  8. Louisville will hover around top 25 all year
  9. Kentucky will probably beat Louisville ūüôĀ
  10. Indiana will beat at least three more top 25 teams, and lose to at least three more bad teams

My November Thoughts on College Basketball

  1. Marvin Bagley is really good… and should be a senior in high school. Crazy.
  2. Arizona will be okay, once they figure out their offense
  3. UCLA won’t be okay, not even with their freshmen back
  4. Alabama has two of the best freshman in the country, and could challenge Kentucky for the SEC. But…
  5. Kentucky also has really good freshmen, even if they’re just now coming around.
  6. The FBI will probably shake things up at some point, but I’m less sure now.
  7. ACC is the best conference, top to bottom, and it’s not even close
  8. SEC might be better than the BIG 10? What? It’s true.
  9. Indiana/Louisville/Purdue/Kentucky are all great some nights, and not so great other nights. Something in the water around here?
  10. I’m super excited for December

Most Haunted Places in Madison, Indiana PART 1

This one’s for you, Madison/Hanover!

—Comment below and tell me your own spooky tales—

Let’s kick things right into gear. Today, we’re looking at…. the most haunted places in Madison and Hanover, Indiana. For those of you who don’t already know, that’s where I grew up/currently live. If you want me to go all history-nut on it, sorry. That’s what I have Wikipedia for. And yes, I will cite Wikipedia with no shame. Sorry, English teachers.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Madison,_Indiana

Places like the¬†Jefferson County Public Library aren’t normally thought of as sinister, except in Stephen King’s¬†It.¬†The one in Madison, however, has its own stories, and might be a bit creepier than you’d expect.

For one thing, if you were to take a ride on the old, rickety elevator that travels between the three floors, you might find that you aren’t alone. Especially, it seems, if you’re a young woman. This ghostly gentleman has a habit of brushing them on the shoulders, and patting their backs silently. If you ever enter the elevator, and find a young man sitting in a wheelchair, well… don’t say I didn’t tell you so.

He may not be so violent as other ghosts, but he has a well-known backstory nonetheless. Charlie, as he’s called, was the former resident of the large building, when it was originally a home owned by his family. The elevator was actually installed for him in the first place, and kept when the building was turned into a library.

While that is the most famous story, you can imagine there are other ghosts wandering between those shelves full of books. But there’s one good thing we can say about the ghosts: Even they know you have to be quiet in the library.

Movies aren’t the only things to see at the¬†Ohio Theater.

If floating lights are your cup of tea, this is the place to stop by. Buy a ticket to a movie or a play, and you might end up with two shows for the price of one. In the balcony-area, it’s said that bulbs of light are seen bobbing about. My first thought was, “Maybe it’s just people’s cell phones.” We’ve all heard the “Those little lights can be seen everywhere” speech. But it seems that isn’t possible in most cases.

For one, this often happens when people aren’t sitting in those seats. So the floating lights, whatever they are, aren’t people. They aren’t cell phones.

Oh, and one other, slightly-more-creepy story. If you find yourself in the theater at midnight, then you’ll hear a very real, piercing scream. Not from a movie. Not from a person. From… something else.

One of the more historic places in Madison (it’s in the name, after all) is the¬†Broadway Historic Hotel and Tavern.¬†This one has one of the most real-life connections. The main ghost is said to be that of a criminal, who was shot and died on the premises of the hotel. He’s seen most frequently in the tavern part of the establishment, although I haven’t found a source that clarifies where, exactly, he was killed.

If seeing a bloody, bumbling ghost doesn’t do it for you, the next segment of our scary stories is pretty freaky as well. If you ever stay the night in the hotel, sleeping in one of the rooms, you can expect to find yourself awakened by the cries for help from a ghostly woman who wanders the halls. While a plethora of people have all confessed to hearing her, the one who admits to seeing her is very rare. It seems that nobody has ever laid eyes upon the spirit.

These are just three of the many stories from Madison, Indiana. I’ll have more in the next post, as well as some frightening tales from Hanover, my actual hometown.¬†Until then, keep the lights on.

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Coming soon…

Part 2. With an emphasis on Hanover, Indiana.

Most Haunted Places in Madison, Indiana (And Hanover) PART 2

This one’s for you, Madison/Hanover!

—Comment below and tell me your own spooky tales—

Last time, we looked at some spooky stories, especially from Madison. This post, we’ll be looking at them with an emphasis on Hanover, or some more interesting Madison stories that I may have missed. To read that post, click here.¬†To quote myself, “If you want me to go all history-nut on it, sorry. That’s what I have Wikipedia for. And yes, I will cite Wikipedia with no shame. Sorry, English teachers.”

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Madison,_Indiana

Springdale Cemetery, in downtown Madison, is one of the oldest graveyards around, founded in 1904. With over 100 years of history, it isn’t surprising that plenty of stories have originated from here.

This cemetery is one of the more interesting¬†sites around town, and I actually heard about the history while watching a documentary on the Jefferson Proving Grounds. (Don’t judge me.) Every time I drive downtown, I see it over to my right. Especially at night, when all the lights of the city shine brightly and there’s this frightening little scene to the left, it makes me shiver. Like something straight out of a horror movie, Springdale Cemetery is something you won’t forget anytime soon, and not just because of the spooky looks.

One of the stories reported by multiple sources is a sort of ghost with a lantern that wanders up and down the tombstone rows at night. While the legs and light are always visible, anything above it hasn’t been seen. There are lights on the stones that go off at night, which makes it hard to guess what exactly it was these people saw. The fact that the lights were moving, however, lends some gravity to the theory it was something supernatural, something ghostly.

Another strange story has to do with the statue above, called “Let There Be Light.” It’s said that every year, on Easter morning, she will cry tears of blood that run down her stony face. Also, if you kiss her feet, it’s rumored that she will jump down off her pedestal and chase after you for a moment. While these sounds like ridiculous works of fiction, try reading again while you stand there in the dead of night or on a foggy morning. Ghosts, suddenly, seem a lot more real.

There are tons of ghost stories to choose from in Madison, Indiana.¬†Eggleston¬†Elementary School¬†is¬†said to be the home of more¬†than a few ghosts, from stories about the death of a principal to a student who jumped out the second-floor window. And if you’re looking for tales about the ghosts from a train wreck, look no farther than¬†Heritage Trail.¬†

But for now, onto Hanover where the residents have plenty of stories of their own.

Hanover

There aren’t a ton of stories coming from Hanover, although anyone who’s visited the town at sunset might be surprised by that fact. Small, self-contained, and independent, the town is friendly and charming during the day. And while the people don’t change at night, it certainly seems like the scenery does.

Just take, for example, the Hanover Cemetery. Many people who have visited report a sense of anxiety, as soon as they step foot onto the property. As soon as they leave, however, that feeling disappears entirely. Chills during the hot months, and the urge to throw up. A pinwheel that spins fast, at the same speed, no matter how much wind there is that day, and which might stop if you ask it to nicely. All of these, and more, are supposedly the results of Benjamin Bennett, a boy who drowned in the Ohio River and whose body was never found. His grave there is the site of many peculiar events, and may be at the center of everything.

One of the most influential and interesting sites is¬†Hanover College,¬†the university founded nearly 200 years ago. One of the former presidents, named Parker, has been seen and even heard, walking around the auditorium named after him. Other, less noticeable pranks, such as items missing, doors being locked behind somebody, or a knock on the door and then footsteps that seemed to go through walls. All of these could be chalked up to pranks by the students, except for the fact that often times nobody will claim them, and the items don’t always turn back up.

The most chilling story, by far, has to do with the bell on top of the Parker Auditorium. One night, nobody knows exactly how long ago, there was a loud ringing sound across the campus, waking students. It seemed odd, since the bell was only rung on the hour marks,¬†and the time was in between. Another strange aspect was that the bell only rang one time, reverberating and then dying. There was no rhythm to it, no pattern, and no repeat. Just a single noise, and then not heard for the rest of the night. It was later discovered that a student had hung himself from one side, causing it to sound loudly. That soul is blamed for many of the strange occurrences across campus. Variations of this tale have it taking place in a dorm room, but something definitely seems to have happened that causes quite a stir around town… and still does.

 

Click Here for more haunted locations in good old Indiana. See? We do have more than farms and basketball.

My October Thoughts on College Basketball

Because who said I couldn’t write about sports if I wanted.

Here’s a list of the

Ten Truths

for college basketball this season. (More articles like this to come)

  1. Lots of people gonna get in trouble by the FBI, throughout the season
  2. Kentucky is a top-25 team, but not a top-2 team. Deal with it.
  3. Grayson Allen will probably trip somebody, “on accident” of course
  4. The ACC will be the best conference again
  5. The SEC will be much better than normal (hello, 1-and-done’s)
  6. Lavar Ball is gonna talk too much, and we’ll listen too much
  7. Some team will win their first national championship (please, please, please)
  8. A #16 seed will beat a #1 FINALLY
  9. Gonzaga won’t make it to the Sweet 16
  10. We don’t know anything that’s gonna happen