The Devil Queen

How my wife and I sold our souls to the Queen Anne Victorian we tried to save.

My Photo
Name:
Location: Crow Mountain, Arkansas, United States

Synopsis: This is a cautionary tale. A seriously disturbed couple find the charming, old ruin of a Queen Anne Victorian in Russellville, Arkansas, and buy it for $1.00. They tore the roof off, cut it in half, and had it moved to some land they owned sixteen miles away because they didn't know any better. Since then, they have hired and fired contractors, had all of their tools stolen, re-wired, re-plumbed, insulated, and essentially rebuilt the entire house. Their only problem is that after four years it still isn't finished. Now they are tired, broke, and wonder what in the hell it is they've done to themselves. And, it's haunted.
(Last updated on April 3, 2008)

Press: Russellville Courier Article - December 2003, HGTV website article, AP story - October 2006, and Victorian Homes Magazine - February 2008 (link coming soon).
Art: From time to time, I receive requests for my art. If you would like to look at more of my art, go to The Failed Artist. If you would like to buy my art, email me. I am more than happy to answer any questions you might have. Thanks!

Wednesday, June 01, 2005

Moloch's Whore

Restoring an old house is like worshipping a pagan god in that both require sacrifice. Moloch demanded your first born child, old houses require much more.

Old homes require cash. Huge, filthy, fist-loads of cash.

At first you don't mind so much. You think that a little sacrifice is necessary. You are still excited by the project, you are lulled by dream-visions of what the end product will be. You can see the fresh paint, the shining, refinished floors, and all that beautiful wood work.

Once you start feeding it money, it becomes easier and easier. It becomes part of your routine. Nails, saw blades, paint, and lumber become part of your normal monthly expenses. But, as the months and years drag by you start to feel the pinch. You put off your dry-cleaning as long as you can; you find yourself eating more pinto beans and peanut butter sandwiches; and, if you find a book or CD that you want, you put it on your amazon.com wish list instead of buying it. Then a day comes when you notice that all your sport coats have shiny, thread-bare elbows, your shoes have cracked soles, and that you haven't had a haircut in months because you thought it a waste of money.

Things that other people consider major problems become interesting challenges for you. Instead of taking your car to the shop when your car's second-gear quits working, you master the art of driving without it. Five months later when first-gear also quits, you find yourself taking pride in the fact that you can start from a complete stop on an incline in third-gear.

Late at night as you lay in bed, you can hear this relentless sucking sound. It is a persistent whistling of the atmosphere around you vanishing into a void. You are anxious. You know that your savings are gone, your budget is maxed, and it is only a mater of time before everything around you falls to pieces. When you do sleep it is fitful and tense. You dream of a vast weight bearing down on you, pinning you to the ground. You awake tired and thinking, "Should I work on the bathroom ceiling or back hall this weekend?"

The Devil Queen, the old whore upon the hill, beckons. After so much, who are you to deign her?

7 Comments:

Blogger ninest123 Ninest said...

ninest123 09.19
michael kors outlet, prada handbags, louis vuitton, replica watches, gucci outlet, louis vuitton, tiffany and co, prada outlet, michael kors outlet, michael kors outlet, jordan shoes, longchamp outlet, burberry, louboutin shoes, ray ban sunglasses, christian louboutin outlet, ugg boots, louis vuitton, polo ralph lauren outlet, uggs on sale, ugg boots, ugg boots, louis vuitton outlet, oakley sunglasses, nike air max, replica watches, tory burch outlet, michael kors outlet, ray ban sunglasses, longchamp, tiffany jewelry, oakley sunglasses, louis vuitton outlet, burberry outlet online, nike free, oakley sunglasses, longchamp outlet, nike air max, michael kors outlet, louboutin outlet, polo ralph lauren outlet, ugg boots, michael kors, nike outlet, louboutin

7:08 PM  
Blogger ninest123 Ninest said...

michael kors, coach outlet, air force, nike air max, ray ban pas cher, longchamp pas cher, michael kors, hermes, michael kors, true religion outlet, lacoste pas cher, kate spade outlet, timberland, north face, nike blazer, coach factory outlet, vanessa bruno, coach outlet, air jordan pas cher, air max, north face, oakley pas cher, new balance pas cher, nike roshe run, lululemon, ralph lauren pas cher, burberry, hogan, true religion jeans, hollister pas cher, coach purses, converse pas cher, kate spade handbags, nike free, true religion jeans, sac longchamp, vans pas cher, chanel handbags, hollister, true religion jeans, tn pas cher, ray ban uk, michael kors, sac guess, louboutin pas cher

7:09 PM  
Blogger ninest123 Ninest said...

ralph lauren uk, north face outlet, abercrombie and fitch, babyliss, giuseppe zanotti, asics running shoes, nike air max, longchamp, jimmy choo shoes, wedding dresses, nike air max, nike roshe, mac cosmetics, ferragamo shoes, mcm handbags, p90x workout, north face outlet, reebok shoes, hollister, soccer jerseys, mulberry, ghd, beats by dre, soccer shoes, insanity workout, birkin bag, nike trainers, nfl jerseys, bottega veneta, hollister, nike huarache, vans shoes, baseball bats, herve leger, lululemon, mont blanc, abercrombie and fitch, instyler, chi flat iron, nike free run uk, nike roshe, new balance, celine handbags, nike air max, valentino shoes

7:11 PM  
Blogger ninest123 Ninest said...

karen millen, pandora jewelry, iphone 6 cases, swarovski crystal, louis vuitton, hollister, toms shoes, oakley, pandora jewelry, coach outlet, louis vuitton, louis vuitton, ray ban, thomas sabo, marc jacobs, swarovski, michael kors outlet online, louboutin, bottes ugg, supra shoes, converse outlet, vans, sac louis vuitton pas cher, converse, doke gabbana outlet, michael kors outlet, wedding dresses, replica watches, louis vuitton, lancel, timberland boots, hollister, pandora charms, ugg boots uk, ugg,ugg australia,ugg italia, michael kors handbags, ugg pas cher, pandora charms, montre pas cher, juicy couture outlet, gucci, juicy couture outlet, nike air max, ralph lauren, links of london, ugg,uggs,uggs canada
ninest123 09.19

7:17 PM  
Blogger Minko Chen said...

michael kors outlet online
louis vuitton,borse louis vuitton,louis vuitton sito ufficiale,louis vuitton outlet
air jordan 11
cheap ray ban sunglasses
marc jacobs
nike mercurial
nike free
nike outlet store
polo ralph lauren
tods shoes
abercrombie and fitch
cheap nfl jersey
rolex watches,rolex watches,swiss watches,watches for men,watches for women,omega watches,replica watches,rolex watches for sale,rolex replica,rolex watch,cartier watches,rolex submariner,fake rolex,rolex replica watches,replica rolex
christian louboutin outlet
coach outlet store
nike free uk
true religion jeans
hollister canada
moncler jackets
ugg outlet
1208minko

9:54 PM  
Blogger jomana yusef said...

https://decor-ksa.com/
https://3kary.com/property-status/building-for-sale/
https://3kary.com/property-status/building-for-rent/
https://3kary.com/property-type/buildings/

9:27 AM  
Blogger رجب شناوى said...

شركة تنظيف منازل بجازان

شركة تسليك مجارى وشفط بيارات بجازان

شركة مكافحة حشرات بجازان

شركة تنظيف وعزل خزنات بجازان

5:04 PM  

Post a Comment

<< Home

Free Web Site Counter
Website Counter