The Devil Queen

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

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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).
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Friday, September 22, 2006

Fate, What Cruel Hoax is This?!

Why can’t I just accept good fortune at its face value? I always start worrying that it is a fluke or cruel hoax.

Apparently I define myself by my anxieties. Life would be easier if I didn’t.

Ms. Scarlet and I have had some good omens (not related to the house per se) lately, and it makes me nervous. Good things happen to other people, primarily works of fiction.

I don’t want to jinx us, so no details until everything is writ in blood & official looking in a legally binding way. Keep your fingers crossed for us.

And, when it is all said and done, what I really want for Christmas is a real mortgage and weather stripping. An iPod would be nice too.

8 Comments:

Blogger Tarr said...

So you want to guess, huh?

My guess is a lucrative book deal. You are a talented writer and this national CNN-type attention is paying off.

Either that or you got a pet cat.

1:37 PM  
Blogger John said...

Unfortunately, no book deal. I wish it were, that would real nice.

As for the cat, we have one, but we haven't reclaimed him from my mother-in-law's since we moved.

2:14 PM  
Blogger Jocelyn said...

I want a book deal real bad myself.
My guess is a great gallery showing of some type??

7:46 PM  
Blogger John said...

Sort of close with the gallery, but nothing so grand. I did sell a small watercolor recently, and that was nice in a beer-money sort of way.

As for a book deal, isn't that the secret dream of every blogger?

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