The Adventures of Gabriel Celtic

The Adventures of Gabriel Celtic

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Quote of the day 10-31

When you have exhausted all possibilities, remember this--you haven't.

Thomas Edison

 

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Friday, October 26, 2012

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Quote of the day 1-2

I’ll always cherish the original misconception that I had of you…

 

Unknown A Hole

Quote of the day 10-25

There are three kinds of men: The ones that learn by reading. The few who learn by observation. The rest of them have to pee on the electric fence.

Unknown Cowboy

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Monday, October 22, 2012

Quote of the day 10-22

Never approach a bull from the front, a horse from the rear, or an idiot from any direction

Unknown Cowboy

Friday, October 19, 2012

Quote of the day 10-19

Your present circumstances don't determine where you can go, they merely determine where you start

Nido Qubein

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Quote Of The Day 10-18

Not everything that is faced can be changed. But nothing can be changed until it is faced.

James Baldwin                         

 

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Quote of the day 10-17

I don’t regret the things I have done. I just regret the things I didn’t do when I had a chance…

 

Unknown A hole

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Quote of the day 10-16

I have often wished I had time to cultivate modesty...But I am too busy thinking about myself

Edith Sitwell

 

Monday, October 15, 2012

Quote of the day 10-15

If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough

Albert Einstein

 

Sunday, October 14, 2012

A Special Story for Halloween! *shivers*


As an author, I have written a couple of spooky stories, mostly for Halloween.* My folktales are written with an eye toward recreating some of the classics of folklore, stories that have a life of their own and live on in the hearts of the people living in an area or in those that have absorbed them from a book.

Stories such as the The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and others that we have grown up with elicit a homey yet frightening appeal to our soul. We feel the familiarity of the scene as we equate it to something of our own just down the road...a cemetery... a lonely bridge. And in the back of our minds, we secretly believe that it very well could be true...that it is possible!

I certainly want to believe that we aren't done either creating, or even living these legends!

Until then...here is a classic that I dug up for your enjoyment. Happy Halloween everybody!

Boo!

Heartbeat

Heartbeat bridgeA Maryland Horror StoryRetold by S.E. Schlosserexcerpted from Spooky Maryland 
Listen to the audio version.
 
Something was going on. Jason felt it in his bones. Polly was too happy, too cheerful. No woman could be that upbeat and still be faithful to her husband. Jason sat down to a delicious, warm meal every night, and Polly sang to herself as she washed up. What kind of woman could be cheerful doing dishes? Try as he might, Jason never heard anything that hinted of a secret romance. It drove him crazy. Life was not this perfect.
Maybe Polly was seeing the milkman, or the grocer. Jason started getting up early in order to see who it was that delivered the milk. Much to his disappointment, the fellow looked as if he’d been born several centuries ago. Then Jason started doing the food shopping, and checked out every single male employee in the local grocery store. They were either antediluvian relicts—like the milkman—or still in diapers.
Later that month Jason was over at his father-in-law’s house working in the garage when he over heard his father-in-law call to Hank…Polly’s high-school boyfriend. Now he knew! He knew why Polly was so happy all the time. Her parents must have told her that Hank was coming home, and she was planning on running off with him.
Enraged with jealousy, Jason was waiting in the kitchen when Polly got back from church. He was beyond reason. He snatched up a newly sharpened steak knife, howling: “You’ve cut out my heart, now I’ll cut out yours!” Jason leapt around the table and ripped Polly’s still-beating heart out of her chest. Blood streaming everywhere, he sailed out the back door into the dark night and flung her heart, still thumping, over the side of the bridge that spanned the creek next to their home.
Jason cleaned up the blood-stained house with extreme care and buried Polly’s body deep in the woods outside of town. Then he wrote several letters, carefully mimicking Polly’s handwriting, and mailed them to himself and her parents. Within a few days, everyone in town believed that Polly had been secretly seeing a man from the next town and that they had run away together.
Late one evening, he went out to the bridge to gloat in triumph over his unfaithful wife. Polly had gotten what she deserved, he thought. As he stood staring down at the water, he became aware of a vibration under his feet. Da-dum. Da-dum. Da-dum.  It floated softly through the air, a simple rhythmic thudding. Da-dum. Da-dum. Da-dum.  Jason’s hands began to tingle as he recognized the soft thudding sound. It was the same beat he had felt when he held Polly’s bleeding heart in his hands. Da-dum. Da-dum. Da-dum.  
The heartbeat rang in his ears, thundering so loud that he was afraid it would wake the neighbors.Da-dum. Da-dum. Da-dum. Jason clapped his hands over his ears and ran back to the house.  But he could not escape the terrible sound:  Da-dum.  Da-dum.  Da-dum.  Even the floorboards seemed to vibrate to the slow, steady rhythm. Da-dum.  Da-dum.  Da-dum.  It sounded like a heart-beat.  Polly’s heartbeat. Da-dum. Da-dum. Da-dum.
Jason screamed in terror and flung himself out of the house, running toward the bridge as the heartbeat grew louder and louder in his ears. Jason leaned over the railing.
“Curse you, Polly!” he shouted.
Da-dum. Da-dum. Da-dum.
With a wild shriek, Jason flung himself headfirst off the bridge like a diver, and was smashed to death on the rocks below.  
Underfoot on the bridge, the pavement still vibrates to the beat of a dead heart.  For now and always.
Da-dum. Da-dum. Da-dum.


Author's Note:  Heartbeat Bridge is located in Ellicot City, MD.  This folktale is told by people living in the area to explain why a heartbeat can be felt through the pavement by people standing on the bridge. 

Excerpted from Spooky Maryland by S.E. Schlosser

* Spooky stories by JT Lewis:
-The Legend of Ol' Red Eyes (A Pepper and Longstreet Mystery)
-The Legend of West Fork

Friday, October 12, 2012

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Quote of the day 10-11

Substitute "damn" every time you're inclined to write "very;" your editor will delete it and the writing will be just as it should be

Mark Twain

 

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Quote of the day 10-10

If you live to be one hundred, you've got it made. Very few people die past that age

George Burns

 

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Quote of the day 10-9

I believe every human has a finite number of heartbeats. I don’t intend to waste any of mine.

Neil Armstrong

 

Monday, October 8, 2012

Quote of the day 10-8

There are two secrets to success:

 

1. Never tell everything you know

 

Steven Shelton

 

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Bella Harte Books: The Saturday Showcase with Guest Author J.T. Lewis...

Check out our guest appearance on The Saturday Showcase over at Bella Harte Books!




Bella Harte Books: The Saturday Showcase with Guest Author J.T. Lewis...: Welcome to The Saturday Showcase This week I am pleased to introduce Gabriel's Revenge by J.T. Lewis Product Desc...

Friday, October 5, 2012

Quote of the day 10-5

No one can go back and make a brand new start. Anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending

 

Unknown A Hole

 

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Quote of the day 10-4

A man's mind is stretched by a new idea or sensation, and never shrinks back to its former dimensions.

Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.

 

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Quote of the day 10-3

Daring ideas are like chessmen moved forward. They may be beaten, but they may start a winning game.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

 

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Quote of the day 10-2

The only thing people regret is that they didn't live boldly enough, that they didn't invest enough heart, didn't love enough. Nothing else really counts at all.

Ted Hughes

 

Monday, October 1, 2012

Quote of the day 10-1

Those who make the worst use of their time are the first to complain of its brevity

Jean de La Bruyère