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Cindy Cruciger on Andros IslandThere is something about December, January and February that just feels wrong for writing. I have no idea why. I jot down pieces and plot points. I work out conversations in my head. I write and rewrite the same scenes in several different ways … and then erase them. It’s not writer’s block because my brain is actually screaming at me to sit in front of the computer and write. I just don’t, and I have no clue why that would be, but there you have it. Sometime in March the desire to write breaks through to my hands and suddenly the entire book gushes out onto the keyboard. So. Writing in earnest has commenced.

I am weird. Fortunately, I have no deadline. No one is clamoring for the next book except for a tenacious few souls, one of whom I have promised to kill off in fiction this go around and can’t wait to see how I do it. I have some time left to finish this and edit it and pick a cover before it eats an irreparable hole in my imagination and escapes into the caverns where untold stories descend to die.

There have been a rash of Santería beheadings here in the Keys and in Miami recently. I am researching to see if I can work that in, somehow. Santería is not the same as Voodoo.

Voodoo – French
Santería – Spanish

The Santeria faith teaches that every individual has a destiny from God, a destiny fulfilled with the aid and energy of the orishas.The basis of the Santeria religion is the nurture of a personal relation with the orishas, and one of the principal forms of devotion is an animal sacrifice. According to Santeria teaching, the orishas are powerful but not immortal. They depend for survival on the sacrifice.

Justice Kennedy, 1993

Why dump the bodies in the water, though?

Animals are cooked and eaten following all Santeria rituals (except healing and death rites, where the sickness is believed to pass into the dead animal).

It’s not like there are a ton of animals left in Haiti to cut open, to be honest. I can’t imagine they would sacrifice a goat and not eat it. Santería on the other hand …

Santeria, compared to voodoo, uses a lot of animal sacrifices, sometimes on a daily basis, while in voodoo practice their animal sacrifices are on a smaller scale.

In the Key Largo story they killed a LOT of animals and left them to rot in the marina. Someone was either very sick or they had one hell of a funeral.

Is everyone’s house haunted?

de63b4438255f209e9c653b85d6bc72bI think that they are …

And not just haunted, demonically possessed.

Pittsburg … Smelly Column of Air moving through the house … Exorcised it away. Some of us use Fabreze.

It began happening shortly after he, his wife and their four kids bought the house in 1988.

What seemed to be bumps in the night, turned into something more. They began seeing a dark pillar that moved through the house with a repulsive, acrid smell.

“As I called it, a stench,” says Cranmer. “It was a combination of like a burning sulfur or rubber.”

Others? Use God.

And here is the conundrum I am currently contemplating as I write about the Ghost Removal efforts of Sherry and Derrick. Voodoo has already been tried and it failed with spectacularly life altering results for Tara. How much worse would it be if I threw in an exorcism? Assuming they could make the case that Dead Dennis is a demon and convince the Catholic Church to intervene. I think Sherry is going to stick to her New Age roots at first and try a ghost hunter crew. By the last fourth of the novel … well … think War of The Roses.

Always try Fabreze, first though. ;-)

And thank your to RIPFiles for the great idea generating posts. Much appreciated. Follow them. They are awesome.

Writing Music

“I Grieve” by Peter Gabriel