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The Truth about the August 21st Solar Eclipse

Thanks to the overhype and crass commercialization of the next eclipse–on August 21, 2017–what was once a cool astronomy event has been cheapened into a mere tent circus featuring aggressive profiteers swinging from every rope. (more…)

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The Paranormal – Some Thoughts

I am often asked about my views of the paranormal and how I investigate it. Unless we have had the good fortune of meeting and chatting with each other at a signing or lecture event–or a live investigation, the following interview from TNT Paranormal’s Bumps in the Night newsletter is a great place to start. We did the interview last year, and it begins on page 4.

Also, make sure to read the other articles. TNT is a very professional and knowledgeable organization.

Bumps in the Night – Interview with Pat Fitzhugh

 

 

Creativity, Marketing, Muses, and More

In this blast-from-the-past interview with Lucy Pireel in her Author Spotlight blog, I discuss several facets of authoring and how I handle them. Click. Read. Enjoy.

Featured Author – Pat Fitzhugh

Summer Greetings

Time truly flies when you’re having fun–and when you are busy. I apologize for the long delay between updates; it has been a very busy and productive last few months. I plan to post a lot of pictures, videos, and news in the coming weeks.

As 2017 reaches the halfway point, I am repointing and refocusing my efforts on current research and writing projects, and fewer ghost investigations. Not that there is anything wrong with ghost hunting, but planning the investigations, the travel involved, and spending weeks reviewing evidence takes a LOT of time. And so does writing. Finding the time to investigate hauntings, research cases, and write books, all at once, and hoping for the proverbial “big bang,” is daunting at best. Any more ghost investigations? You betcha–but just not as frequently (for a while). It is now time to catch up on my writing projects.

I have several works in progress, some of which are near completion. In my queue is a new, revised edition of “The Bell Witch: The Full Account,” a sequel to “Ghostly Cries From Dixie,” entitled, “More Ghostly Cries From Dixie,” and two new, first edition books: “The Outlaws and Ghosts of The Natchez Trace” and “From Turkey Creek – A Memoir.” The Natchez Trace book is in its early stages, and Turkey Creek is almost finished.

You will be hearing much more about these titles, as well as release dates and upcoming appearances, through more frequent updates of this web site/blog. I will also be sharing pictures from various ghost investigations and my travels.

In the meantime, I leave you with a video from a ghost investigation near Jackson, Tennessee, conducted on January 21, 2017. Three of us investigated an 1850s-era church building and Masonic hall, and the graveyard behind it, which dates back to the early 1820s. Activity was fast and furious, so much that we brought a much larger group for another investigation on June 24th; we encountered the same results.  The area is chock full of history. Watch the video and read the captions for more information!

Thanks for watching. See you soon!

Book trailer for “An Orphan’s Heart,” by Lori Crane. Coming in May of 2013!

a day in the life of patootie

My new book,“An Orphan’s Heart,” is currently at the editor, who is going to perform a modern-day miracle and turn my rough edges into a diamond.

I ♥ My Editor!!!

When I get the manuscript back, I will proof, proof, proof, format, format, format, then I will proof some more and finally, format again. Then we’ll call it done. It will be available around May 1, 2013 in Kindle, Nook, Smashwords, and other eBook formats. The paperback will follow within a few weeks at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Create Space.

Somewhere on page 154, you’ll undoubtedly find a typo. Somewhere around page 97, you’ll wonder if the timeline is going where the author meant for it to go. That’s the way of the writing world. No matter how careful you are, you will miss something. No matter how much you love it right now, you will look back…

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Reflections on the Print vs. Digital Book Debate

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By Yonatan Gordon

While I had in mind about a week ago to write an article in honor of 24 Tevet–this year being the 200th anniversary since the passing of the Alter Rebbe, Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi–the precise nature of this article only became clear on 24 Tevet itself. It was from an unlikely source, a Wall Street Journal article entitled “Don’t Burn Your Books—Print Is Here to Stay.”

It is well known that the Tanya was printed into book form de facto because of manuscript errors planted there by “sundry copyists.” It is also well know that the popularity of the Tanya immediately spread far and wide, selling out the initial print run of 15,000 copies. This essay doesn’t pretend to reconstruct the account. Rather our attempt here is to re-translate it for a new generation of tech savvy individuals.

If we abstract the circumstances surrounding the copying and subsequent printing of the…

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Nook Sales Are Falling and That’s not a Good Thing

Hmmm. I can’t say I didn’t see it coming.

Brian W. Foster

Check out this article: Amazon is Gutting Barnes and Noble.  And this one: Barnes & Noble sells fewer Nooks, retail revenue falls.

If you don’t feel like clicking the links, they basically say that Nook sales are falling and indications are that B&N is having a hard time holding onto its market share in ebooks.

Not good.

Amazon, as the market leader by far in ebook sales, has already shown a propensity to push people around.  Imagine what will happen if they’re the only game in town.

If I have a choice (and sometimes I don’t because Amazon has a bigger library), I buy from Barnes and Noble.  I own a Nook, not a Kindle.  In fact, I am a fan of B&N in general and think that their stores offer a good shopping experience.

Their online platform, not so much.  I often find myself searching for books and…

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