Monday, October 31, 2011

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Ghosts and Spirits

There is nothing better than a good ghost story. The kind that gives you goose bumps, chills, and sends your heart thumping so hard you hear it in your ears. The kind that leaves you on the edge of your emotions soon after it starts, because you know it's coming. Something.

A few nights ago, I watched "Woman in Black" for the 20th time. Okay, I don't know if that's exactly right, but I do watch it every Halloween and sometimes once during the year. It's a 1989 production starring Adrian Rawlins. It's a very old-fashioned kind of ghost story and really awesome.The kind that is subtle but scary as hell. Maybe it's so good because, well, it could be real.

I love this movie. It's hard to get a hold of (luckily I have an old taped copy that's lasted all these years) but if you are lucky enough to be able to, do it!

So when I found out they were remaking it with the Harry Potter actor, I was a little worried at first. It's such a classic and and I don't want them to ruin it. But I've seen the trailer and it looks pretty good. It won't be out until February, and I will be there, wrapped in goose down, for opening day.

On a side note and a strange Bend connection, before we had decided to move to Bend, we visited a few weekends to look at houses and the area. We noticed that a local theater group was putting on the production of "The Woman in Black." We couldn't believe it! It was an extremely obscure movie and there it was. One of our favorites. We bought tickets, loved the play, and considered it a sign post.

Anyway, I raise a glass of spirits and wish you all a most excellent Halloween this year! 

Monday, October 24, 2011

Best Fall Ever, Man

It's really been the best of the best of autumns here in Bend this year. Luckily, I was able to spend a few hours yesterday in the glorious sunshine, walking around Awbrey Butte and Northwest Crossing taking pictures. 

I remember that last year by this time Bend already had a weekend of snow with more on the way.Yesterday it was 70 degrees and blue skies. Lucky us!

Pumpkins rule! Even with warts, er, I mean goose bumps....

Well, back to writing. On an exciting note, 44 Book 2 will be done in early November and will be on Amazon and BN soon after. Thanks again to the people who have written asking where the second one is. It's on the way.....

Hope you are having an excellent Monday!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Demons, Clowns, and Zak Bagans...Welcome to Hell!

Scary Story Reading.....Better.

Looking for some great, fun horror novels for kids?
Then O.Penn Coughin's new book series, Welcome to Hell, is a must!
Three books so far and they're all GREAT reads!

Kissed by a Clown
Demon at my Window
Being Zak Bagans

Happy Frights!


Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Autumn in Bend

Autumn is just the best here in Bend. The colors, the smells, the feeling of change all mixing together, making it a real special time...
Here are some recent photos I took on walks, including one where there's a nice "dusting" on the mountains, reminding me that if I want to get one more hike in this season, I had better get up there soon.

Hope you are having an excellent Wednesday!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Monday, October 10, 2011

Season of Horror

It was a good weekend over here in Jools' Land! Decorating, shopping, and celebrating, all related to the Season of Horror!

We started our horror movie viewing and last night we saw Exorcist 3, a gruesome, surprisingly good movie that features George C. Scott (Gorgeous Cat). If any of you have seen Exorcist 2, you know why I use the word "surprisingly." But this movie really delivers in the creeps and chills department. I love the story too, picking up 15 years after Father Karras is hurtled from the window and tumbles down all those stairs in Georgetown.

It's an old movie, 1990, and completely underrated (probably due to the fact that Exorcist 2 is really, really bad). It's a good, solid film and if you are a fan of of Damien and The Devil, it's def a must see.

Also, it's not nearly as intense as the first one, which in my book is a good thing. Although, word of warning, there's some serious horror involved here...the "nurse scene" is a classic.

On Thursday, I'm going to write a bit more about scary "must see" movies. I like a lot of the old school and off-the beaten-path horror movies, so maybe you'll find some gems that you haven't seen yet. Stay tuned!

See you Thursday for some more ghoulish delights and hope you're having a amazing autumn Monday, wherever you are!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Tuesday, October 4, 2011


“Your work is to discover your work and then, with all your heart, to give yourself to it.” – Buddha