SYW: I was now on the verge of liberty

Here’s Melanie! ‘s latest Share Your World 10-29-18 – the Spooky edition please free yourself from your fear of clicking links and head on over there to read her scary answers, check out more chilling links, and join in with the trembling hijinks…. you won’t be sorry (I think they’ve fallen for it, Melanie, they’ll never know what hit them!)

To read my terrible answers to her terrorific questions, please step through this door… no, that’s not blood, why would you think it was blood, what a strange hallucination you’re having… it’s fine, I’ve gone to great lengths to ensure your safety while you’re on this ride… *push

Name something you wouldn’t want to run into in a dark forest or in an abandoned building.

In an old abandoned building – the owner of the building because the place wasn’t abandoned at all and I’m a trespasser who may get… RUN!

In a dark forest – a tree, especially if I was running away from the owner of an abandoned building which wasn’t abandoned at all and I’m the trespasser they were hoping would show up because they’re in a very bad mood…

That reminds me of a scene in one of my favourite films, where the lead has to run blindfolded with his hands tied behind his back through a forest:





Share the creepiest thing that’s ever happened while you were alone.

One dark and lonely night I was woken up by a shattering sound. I wasn’t totally alone, my cats were there and I thought it was them knocking something over perhaps. I was going to go back to sleep, but decided to investigate what had happened just in case there were broken shards lying around – I didn’t want the cats to cut their paws.

As I scanned the living room, I felt a cold breeze brush my cheek – the windows weren’t open, but… there was a perfectly round fist-sized hole in the pane of one of the French windows leading out onto a narrow balcony on the 7th floor of the building.

What would you like your last words to be?

“Yet I was now on the verge of liberty, and though drenched, famishing, and comfortless, was, in any rational estimate, an object much more enviable than in the heart-withering safety of my cell. Alas! it is too true that our souls always contract themselves on the approach of a blessing, and seem as if their powers, exhausted in the effort to obtain it, had no energy to embrace the object…

…I fell on the stone floor in a sleep that was not sleep – it seemed the suspension both of my mortal and immortal nature. I ceased from animal and intellectual life at once.”

– Charles Maturin, Melmoth The Wanderer


Do you believe in any ‘mythical’ monsters like chupacabras or shadow people?


(it’s okay guys, I said “No.” in answer to the question and they definitely believed me because they looked relieved, you’re safe with me, I told you that I could keep a secret, no one will come looking for you here, they think you don’t exist anyway except for that dude but he’s following that trail of red herrings you scattered around… that’s my favourite fluffy jumper not a goat, Chupie…)

How long do you think you would last in a horror movie?

Until the very end when the hero/heroine killed me… but there’s always the chance that I’m not really dead.

Are you afraid of or find clowns creepy?

 I used to find clowns annoying, and creepy because they were annoying, until I saw Kellywise…



In the zombie apocalypse, what would be your weapon of choice?

One of those guns which shoots a weighted net to catch live humans, they’re so quick and they’re always running away.





Have you ever had your tarot cards read?


I used to read them for myself, but I stopped doing that because I gave myself such horrorific readings, and I kept getting swords, especially the 8 of swords:


8 of Swords via Biddy Tarot


I bought my first tarot card deck when I was 7 or 8 yrs old at a Newspaper & Magazine stall in Rome (where I also used to get my American comic books). The minor arcana in Tarot are used as regular playing cards in Italy. We used to play Scopa a lot… I can’t remember how to play it anymore, but it was fun and required screaming and shouting (I don’t think that was in the rules of the game though).

Anyone know the reason behind putting candles in jack-o-lanterns?

I’m sure Wiki does because you put a link to it in your post, Melanie 😉

Do you think putting special emphasis on certain holidays – like Halloween is ‘spooky’ for example — is a good idea or just more mindless entertainment for the masses? 

“Maybe this world is another planet’s hell.”

― Aldous Huxley


So, we need all the breaks we can create for ourselves, and pass those along to others, invite them to join in, pause to rest, to put down burdens for a while and dance, sing, be merry, be…. just be.

“So throw away your baggage and go forward.
There are quicksands all about you, sucking at your feet,
trying to suck you down into fear and self-pity and despair.
That’s why you must walk so lightly.
Lightly my darling,
on tiptoes and no luggage,
not even a sponge bag,
completely unencumbered.”

― Aldous Huxley , Island

Share a positive thought or message or something that’s inspired you this week.

 This made me laugh out loud and then share it with you:



  1. Haha…I got my tarot deck at 14, read for myself, and frequently turned up horrific cards too (especially 4 and 10 of swords, these two are more horrible for me than the Devil lol). And stopped reading for the same reason lol. My favorite cards are the Magician and the Fool in Rider Waite’s deck which I sometimes use as the self card in the Celtic cross reading though it wasn’t advisable or not supposed to.

    Your response of the abandoned house and the dark sounds familiar…no, I’ve no such experience, just seems like I have it read something similar before. Totally enjoy reading your humorous responses here 😉 Thank you


    • Thank you very much, Reverist 🙂

      I loved the Fool too, the Magician seemed a bit too organised for me 😉 They sound like good choices for the querent card, but then I guess you can’t get them in the reading if you choose them for the self and we all need some foolish magic in life!


    • Haha! 😀 Some mysteries remain a mystery 😉

      I found a smallish rock on the floor, as to who threw it, from where and how and why…???

      There were some theories.

      Based on the physics of it, it most likely came from the roof of the building across the road and would have needed a slingshot to project it that far and with the kind of force which wouldn’t break the entire pane of glass but only make a hole in it.

      At the time neighbourhoods in the area had had a few break ins. There was a professional burglar crew who would look for empty apartments, and when they found one, they’d break in. So, maybe this was how they checked to see if an apartment was empty.

      The other option was that someone across the road was being driven insane by my upstairs neighbour and his antics of blaring music throughout the wee hours of the night/morning, having screaming matches with his girlfriend, and this was their elaborate form of protest. The other upstairs neighbour next to him would drag furniture around all night like a depressed poltergeist, but that only affected those underneath which was me.

      Another theory, given to me by the policeman to whom I had to give a statement (my landlord insisted), was that I did it myself because I was an author researching how the police handle such matters (I told him I was writing a book when he asked me what I did, but it wasn’t a crime novel).

      The final theory was that it was a bird… carrying a rock!?! and launching it at a window!?! Parisian birds could be aggressive but usually only when you were eating a baguette in the park.

      Hope that sates your INTP 😉

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      • Thank you! 😀 It did. 🙂

        I can’t believe that the cop thought you were doing research for your writing. Yikes. Or that Paris has rock-launching birds escaped from the Hitchcock movie. Double-yikes.

        As a fellow INTP you know what it’s like. Thanks for explaining. 🙂 The burglary crew makes the most sense to me.

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  2. I also stopped reading my own tarot because of the readings I was getting — too much projection I suppose. I still have a deck around here somewhere. Great answers. Love the zombie song.


    • Thank you very much, Willow 🙂

      The problem with giving yourself readings is that you know too much about yourself. I have had readings from other people, there was this tea shop which had tarot readers (but it wasn’t call Tea and Tarot, should have been), but they know nothing about you and it ends up being worse than giving yourself a reading 😉

      One of the things I like about tarot cards is the artwork. Brian Froud drew The Faeries Oracle set and they are beautiful!

      I came across the Zombie song years ago and it was love at first sight and listen, it’s just so perfect!


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