October 2020 – A Month to Reflect

It’s mid-October and – as 2021 looms in the future – I’m revisiting my ongoing projects.

Last month, I expected to update my older websites, work on books, and launch some new projects.

But, like many people in these turbulent times, I’m struggling to maintain my focus.

This is not a time to attempt multiple projects, all at once.

And, with the holidays ahead, I know the remainder of 2020 will be more busy, not less.

So, I’ve taken a fresh look at my priorities.

I’ve decided to focus on books, sharing my insights and expertise in paranormal research, especially ghost hunting.

That includes my tips for getting the most from ghost investigations, as well as relevant historical research.

Those book projects have been “on hold” for years, and  – looking at my existing notes – I have enough material for at least five books.

I keep talking about updating my older books and writing new ones… and then I don’t find time for them.

That’s ridiculous, and more than a little frustrating.

I need to set firm rules for myself, and actually stick with them, this time.  (Like New Year’s resolutions, many of my goals seem to fall off my schedule far too quickly. It’s time to, err, resolve that.)

Less time online, more time for books

A few of my sites – including GhostHunting.news – will go on hiatus, at least through the rest of 2020 and probably well into 2021.

I’ve turned off comments at this site, as well. Here, most people seem to rant (pro or con) about the Mandela Effect. That’s a topic I have limited interest in, as it’s morphed in the wild.

And, there’s no way I’m going on the road, scouting locations for TV shows and movies. Not until 2021, anyway. And even then, I’m very selective about the projects I work on. (My interests are based in science and history, not sensationalizing paranormal activity. And appearing on camera…? No, thanks.)

I’m also posting less on social media and taking a hard look at my various websites. Looking at the faltering interest in actual ghost hunting activities, this is an ideal time to shift my focus.

Ghost hunting is less popular now

Frankly, with many communities seeing a surge in Covid cases, ghost hunting presents significant risks. People are less interested in a “good scare” among strangers in small, poorly ventilated rooms.

And, like many professionals in this field, I don’t recommend ghost hunting until 2021 at the soonest. Not indoor research, anyway.

I’m aware that Halloween 2020 offers an extraordinary opportunity for ghost research. Halloween will be on a Saturday night. It’s also the night of the Full Moon. And we’re in a Mercury Retrograde.

Though scientists will scoff, many ghost hunters can provide anecdotal evidence supporting the importance of those factors.

Personally, I believe that some times are better than others, for ghost research.

But which came first: the belief or the ghostly phenomena? And could other times be just as good, if we consciously raised our expectations at those times?

Philip and the power of belief

Years ago, the Philip experiment showed the power of belief in ghosts. (Philip was fictional. Everyone in the experiment knew that. Nevertheless, “he” produced intense paranormal activity, even in front of film crews.)

Though the saying may be “mind over matter,” perhaps ghost hunters can say “mind over manifestation.”

With a full moon and other belief-based factors at play, will this Halloween be more ghostly than most?  Maybe, but I’ll be at home, not out on an investigation.

For the rest of 2020 and at least the first half of 2021, I’ll be writing and publishing several long-overdue ghost hunting books.

I keep promising myself (and my readers) that I’ll get to that, soon.

It’s time that I actually do.