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).
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!

Tuesday, January 02, 2007

The Persistence of Time

Another year over. And so, I return.

The holidays were survived and enjoyed. No major house projects were conquered though the Queen was subjected to sporadic tinkering. Leaking plumbing was bemoaned and cursed though no major disasters occurred.

The last year's end and this year's beginning were marked with a brief week and a half of quiet and rest. I expect that it will be the last such moment of repose for at least 6 months, perhaps longer. Posts may be more sporadic that usual, but I'll try to be timely.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's okay, we still like you even when you don't post all the time :)

Gone but not forgotten is the motto.

2:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm enjoying your blog. Found you on houseblogger. It's nice to meet a fellow house and art blogger. I added both your blogs to my favs. If you care to visit my house blog is here:
and my sketchblog here:

6:50 AM  
Blogger John said...

Jocelyn, thanks. I love the motto.

Pedal Power, thanks for the links. You're much more diligent in your sketching, journals, and art than I am. It makes me feel lazy (I mean that as a complement).

1:20 PM  

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