Sunday, September 8, 2013

To Live Beside a Cemetery

Tonight I have a special treat. The adorable and brilliant author Jordan Mierek has written a guest post for me. Here's a picture of her in a cemetery because cemeteries are cool and so is Jordan.

Now, take it away Jordan!

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When people find out I live two houses away (I’m the third house) from a cemetery, I get asked, “What’s that like?” Well, ghosts come walking at night. I hear strange howls. People lean against the fence and stare at the road, begging a poor victim to join them in death.

Okay, in actuality, it’s meditative. They aren’t noisy neighbors. If anything, they could talk a little more. I would love to hear their life stories.

Another of those questions I’m asked: “Are there ghosts?” I’m going to say no, but I have caught some orbs in pictures I’ve taken there are night. Orbs…or dust…or some other type of light reflection. My dog would refuse to walk through the older part of the cemetery. Ghosts? Or because people were buried differently back then?

Something I enjoy is spending an afternoon walking through the graves and reading the inscriptions. Someday, I’ll plant flowers for those who have been forgotten. I enjoy saying their names aloud, in case they are listening. I want them to know they aren’t forgotten.

A few years ago, the graveyard inspired me to write a short ghost story, AMITY. I never did anything with it until I came across a ghost story anthology on wagonbridgepublishing.com. I decided to submit, and ended up writing two other short stories for it as well. The anthology will be coming out in October and will be available on the Wagonbridge Publishing website.

If you’d like to read more of my stories, you can find them on WattPad, or you can check out my Facebook page. Happy reading!
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It's me Amanda again. Thank you, Jordan for a super fun post. It makes me want to live beside a cemetery too!

6 comments:

Joylene Nowell Butler said...

I walked through our town's cemetary on the way home from school, and Jordan's right, it was quiet and peaceful. Serene. Great post. Very enjoyable.

Terri Karsten said...

Maybe we all need a little more cemetery appreciation. In the summer, my exercise class meets in the cemetery. I always wonder who's watching.

Amanda Borenstadt said...

Joylene, thanks for dropping by. I agree, cemeteries are peaceful.

Terri, thanks for visiting. Exercise class at the cemetery, that's something I've never heard of! :)

My kids and I sometimes go to Mass at the Catholic cemetery where my grandparents are buried. They have it once a month. Very lovely.

Nissa Annakindt said...

Exercise class at the cemetery? Shouldn't that be exorcise class?
Seriously I'm a major cemetery geek, my parents warped me by taking me for walks in the cemeteries when we went to visit our grandparents in Wisconsin and Michigan every year.
I've visited cemeteries in Europe, I went for walks in the local cemeteries in Heidelberg, Germany, and got caught in the spooky WW2 veteran cemetery as the sun was setting--- and had to cut through ANOTHER cemetery to get back to my room.
Right now I live within walking distance of an old Finnish Lutheran cemetery. There is an old legend that if you sleep in a cemetery overnight you become a poet. I've been tempted to try that, but the graves just don't look all that comfortable as a place to sleep.

Amanda Borenstadt said...

I've been in a cemetery at night, but never slept there. Sounds rather Poe-like.
But I don't think I'll be doing that anytime soon.

Tyrean Martinson said...

I've always felt that cemeteries are rich repositories of history, especially on the inscriptions, and peaceful places of rest.

Great post

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