Thursday, January 18, 2018

Apparitions: Stories Behind the Stories--The Light on the Ceiling

Have you ever wondered where an author gets his or her idea for a story? The stories in  Apparitions: Twisted Tales and Yarns by Jimmy L. Capps and Linda Capps Fisher are based on family yarns of strange happenings, dreams, nightmares, personal experiences, or solely based on imagination. 

Over the next few weeks, I plan on sharing the stories behind the stories in Apparitions. ~ Linda

“The Light on the Ceiling” by Jimmy Capps

We were staying the night at Pap and Granny Whittier’s. It was cold outside, and a bunch of the old folks had gathered up at Pap’s house; they did that back then. We were all sitting around the wood stove as they told stories, each trying to out-lie the other. After “hoop snakes” and “baby stealing panthers” had their run, the subject of the “ghost light” came up.

I remember at the time, I wasn’t eager to hear about any ghost light, but what could I do but listen? I couldn’t change the channel, and I was too scared to go into another room.

As they explained it, the ghost light showed itself the night before someone in the family was to die.


We grew up hearing stories about our Grandpa Whittle seeing a bright light before deaths in the families. In this story, Jimmy captures the feeling that we had as kids hearing the about the spooky light. It was one of the stories Grandpa told that scared us, but we begged him to tell us..

Sometimes the light was on the ceiling, but I remember one story when Grandpa and my uncle were coon hunting and the light shined down on Grandpa. The light scared my uncle because, although he’d never seen it, he knew about the light. “I thought Poppie was going to die!” he told us. He asked Grandpa to move, but as my uncle told it, the light moved with Grandpa.

Grandpa wasn’t scared, just sad. He knew there were be a death in the family.

Jimmy weaves a fictional story on the basis of a “ghost light” written in the style our Grandpa and uncles spun the yarns of our youth. The story is told in two parts: Jakes’s story and Sis’s story.

Read “The Light on the Ceiling” in Apparitions, available in Kindle and print versions on Amazon.

Friday, May 5, 2017

Who Likes a Good Ghost Story?

I'm excited about my latest book project. My brother Jimmy Capps and I both like to write ghost stories and for several years, I've been floating the idea of a ghost/paranormal book. He has sent me his stories and now I'm combing through mine.

We hope to have the book finished in time for--you guessed it--Halloween.

Stay tuned for more info as the project progresses.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Writing Distractions

I've had a lot of writing distractions over the years, but the one I have now is beyond crazy. I have two cardinals attacking my office window on a steady basis. Instead of just looking at the relaxing lilac bush, I'm constantly hearing a peck, peck, peck as first the male cardinal attacks his reflection and then the female. I've tried putting more objects on my window ledge, but that doesn't seem to slow them down. Sometimes when I have the light on in the room, they falter for a while.

The first day I took pictures. Little did I know I would have countless opportunities to take them. Go away birds! It's so hard to concentrate.

Monday, January 5, 2015

Happy Writing in the New Year

Well, have you made one of those writing resolutions? Is this the year you vow to finish your novel? How about submitting your work on a regular basis? Writers have several options for meeting their writing goals.

With the four book projects I juggled throughout most of the year, my writing went by the wayside. In 2013, I made great progress on my unfinished novel, but in 2014, I abandoned the project. Will this be the year, I get back in gear and finish that darn thing? I hope so!

I enjoyed editing That Mysterious Woman and working with the talented authors in the book. In my opinion, it is the best Shaker book to date, and it had some fantastic predecessors.

I'm not editing Well Versed this year. Hopefully, that frees up a block of time to work on writing. In 2014, I didn't write much. Somehow I found time to write a short essay and submitted to Chicken Soup for the Soul. My story "Under Control" was accepted for Thanks to My Mom. I'm looking forward to the anthology and sharing a story that gives my mom the credit she deserves for keeping Jim company when he couldn't stay alone.

Happy New Year, writers, and wishing you a year of successful writing.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Merry Christmas!

May Your Christmas Season Be Filled with Joy and LoveFrom Harold and Linda, Mozark Press

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Mozark Assisted Publication: 30 Years of Cultivating Soils, Souls & Minds

30 Years of Cultivating Soils, Souls & Minds, is the result of contributions from many people. The contributors are Master Gardeners of Greene County (MGGC) volunteers, leaders, and individuals who were at one time Master Gardeners or who continue to be a Master Gardener in other locations. Much of the material in this book was documented in the original Chapter newsletters, The Grapevine, and in minutes from Board meetings and general membership meetings as well as numerous personal interviews. The Grapevines were skillfully “untangled” to give readers a true picture of the rich history of this volunteer organization.

Master Gardener programs are offered by the University of Missouri Extension is a partnership between the University of Missouri and the United States Department of Agriculture in cooperation with local governments and local people. The Board of Curators of the University established the Extension Division in 1910. Ever since then, University of Missouri Extension has been helping people make their lives better.

This Anthology includes history dating back to the Civil War time and gives great detail about how the Dial-A-Gardener volunteer service was born and later became the skeleton for developing into a Master Gardener program.

Three University of Missouri Extension specialists have coordinated the Master Gardeners of Greene County Chapter since inception in 1984. Open the pages of this book and read about the development of the Chapter under the capable coordination of John Lower, Gaylord Moore, and current coordinator Patrick Byers. The reach of the programming of these three specialists has been greatly expanded by the service of the Master Gardeners of Greene County.

Read further and learn about this service. Demonstration gardens have provided a “living laboratory” of horticultural expertise shared with the public. Drought tolerant plants, herbs, ornamentals, fruits, vegetables, turf - all are displayed and described. The Hotline, the “go to” source for all things horticultural, annually assists over 1500 gardeners. Volunteer-organized and executed displays, presentations, workshops, tours, and writings reach thousands more of our citizens with science-based, locally relevant information.

The reader will also note significant events and developments in the Chapter history. The Master Gardeners of Greene County have hosted the Missouri Master Gardeners State Conference three times, in 1998, 2006, 2013. And with style – the most recent conference attracted over 400 attendees who went home afterward with a greater appreciation of horticulture, Ozarks-style! The Chapter was a founding partner in support of the Springfield-Greene County Botanical Center and enjoys a close relationship with the many gardens and groups associated with the center.

In between the lines of this book are years of dedicated service – intellectual, physical, sometimes sweaty, always with style! This book is dedicated to the many volunteers of the Master Gardeners of Greene County who have served our citizens so well.

If you enjoy gardening, volunteering or history, you will certainly find this book an outstanding read.