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New Depression Update

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It’s been a while since I’ve mentioned my fight with depression here. I do so from time to time since the depression effects my work – and thereby also touches my fans and readers.

Last week, I had an appointment with our family doctor. Given how I’ve been doing lately, he actually doubled the dosage of the antidepressant he’s had me on the for the past few months. When I first went on the medication, it helped me out a lot. Apparently, my system has gotten used to the dosage, because I was slipping back into worse depression and anxiety once again. Evidently, given what my wife has said, it was happened to a greater extent than I had even been aware of.

As I’ve mentioned on this blog/website before when writing about this topic, I would be very interested in acting as a spokesperson – or in some other way working with – a depression awareness group. I’m a bestselling, award-winning author. I feel that my position as such could and would help bring greater awareness to the problem of depression.

For those of you who have never dealt with depression, it is a problem. Please don’t ever belittle depression, or anyone suffering from it. It is an illness, the same as any other. It isn’t at all easy for those who suffer from it. It isn’t easy for our loves one, either.

Scott Harper

www.scottharper.net

Favorite Punctuation?

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This is an odd topic, but it’s something I’ve been wondering about for some time now. A lot of writers seem to really like certain punctuation marks. Other writers are very outspoken against other punctuation marks. I’ve heard comments from readers to the same affect. Some of them really like certain forms of punctuation, while having a strong dislike for others. So, I’m curious. Are there any forms of punctuation that you, as a reader, or as an author, have strong feelings for one way or the other?

As for myself, and award-winning, bestselling author, once you’ve read my work, you’ll probably be easily able to tell my two favorite punctuation marks. I very much like the semicolon (;), and the em dash (—). Yet a lot of people rail against the semicolon. I don’t know why. It’s one of my favorite forms of punctuation; I love them! Why do so many people, readers and writers alike, have such disdain for semicolons?

Scott Harper

www.scottharper.net

Paranormal Fact Versus Fiction

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As you all know, I’m a bestselling, award-winning author. Most of my work thus far has landed in the fantasy, horror, and paranormal genres. Due to both work, and personal interest, I pay attention to stories of hauntings, and other supernatural activity. As such, I often watch paranormal-themed programs on television. A lot of those have sprung up during the past few years!

On such shows, though, the networks are, of course, interested only in ratings. So, they tend to showcase very active, and often disturbing – if not outright horrifying – cases. My wife, who you know as Desirée Lee, and I have both lived in haunted houses before. The house we now live in also has some activity. Both of us can tell you, based on firsthand experience, that most such haunted places are typically quiet. When the entity, or being, in question does get active, most of the time the happenings are low-key, barely noticed. Even the more noticeable things tend to be more amusing, surprising, or annoying than anything dangerous. For instance, the house I grew up in had a ghost who loved to swipe small things from the house – such as scissors, the stapler, and other such things – and place them in the little-used basement. No one would have been in the basement for months, yet something that went missing weeks ago would be found down there. It also liked to turn radios on; presumably it liked music! Desirée grew up in a house with the ghost of a kindly elderly woman who liked to make sure that everyone in the family was home safe, and tucked warmly into bed each night.

Television shows dealing with paranormal happenings don’t like to cover cases such as those. They’re not frightening, or attention-getting. They want to shock audiences with stories of violent, scary beings who attack people, throw things, cause strange substances to appear from nowhere, etc. The more demonic, and the less truly ghostly, the better the networks, and producers of those programs like it.

Again, most hauntings aren’t like that at all. Most are subdued, quiet happenings. Yes, violent ghosts do exist. Not all ghosts are content to share a house with the living. Some will go to great lengths to drive out what they see as intruders into their domain. Such cases need to be dealt with very carefully. Demonic obsession, and demonic possession also happen. These things, especially true demonic possession, are very rare, though – luckily.

I just wanted to point out to my fans and readers that there is a line that divides fact and fiction. When dealing with the supernatural, its easy to blur that line – or to loose sight of it altogether. Odds are that if you think you’re dealing with a haunting, you aren’t. There’s probably a different cause for whatever you’ve experienced that’s leading you to believe that your house if haunted. Even if you are truly dealing with something otherworldly, its probably nothing to be afraid of. Most entities responsible for hauntings are very benign.

However, if you do find yourself dealing with something, and would like advice from someone who has deal with such phenomena first-hand for years, feel free to contact me. Even if you simply want to talk about what’s happened, or is happening, to you with someone who has an open mind about such topics, please get in touch. A lot of people don’t want to discuss such situations with anyone for fear of ridicule. If anyone reading this post is in such a predicament, feel free to write to me. Maybe I can give you some advice. At the very least, I can listen.

Scott Harper

www.scottharper.net

Internet Pirates

Not long ago several of my novels were discovered on a pirate site. Among those titles was my bestselling, award-winning book “Quintana Roo, Yucatan“. I was very displeased, and distressed upon hearing this. Why? Because those books are being stolen. Each e-book download of a title means money lost to me. It’s royalties that I would have earned by was of legitimate sales, gone. Poof! Authors don’t make a lot per sale to begin with. Our income is generated by way of lots of sales. Each pirated copy, each theft, steals one of those sales from us.

Not only am I an author, but I’m also a husband and father. I have a wife and child to support. Each theft that keeps royalties from me, keeps that money from my family, too. Pirates don’t just steal from the author, they steal from the authors’ spouses, and children. It’s deplorable.

As an author, and as a husband, and as a father, I’m asking you not to download pirated works. Pay the money. Buy the work. Pay the author for all of the time they’ve put into creating that work. Allow the author that income for support of themselves, and their families. Please.

If you discover any of my work, or work by my very talented wife Desirée Lee, on a pirate site anywhere, please let us know. Simply send me a message via the “Contact” page of my website. We thank you for your help in this fight against piracy.

Scott Harper

www.scottharper.net

Freaking People Out

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This morning, Desirée Lee had a routine doctor appointment; nothing to be concerned about. I went with her. We got up, and around, had breakfast, and Desirée got Toddler Girl to school. Everything was running smoothly. Which was good, as we were on a bit of a tight time schedule. Then, as I was putting on my sneakers, the lace of my right shoe broke. Of all the time for that to happen! And, naturally, we didn’t have any spare shoe laces in the house. So, I quickly changed out of the blue jeans I had originally put on, and put black jeans on to better go with the shoes I ended up wearing – my goth black bat boots.

At the doctor’s office, after Desirée had been called back, I sat in the waiting room, reading. I’m currently reading “Forgotten Realms: The Dark Elf Trilogy – Collector’s Edition” by R.A. Salvator, by the way. It’s the first “Forgotten Realms” I’ve ever read, and I’m enjoying it very much.

Anyway, there I was, sitting quietly, reading. I had on my pentacle amulet (which I never leave the house without), bat boots, black jeans, black socks, a black T-shirt with a white wolf on it, and my black coat that has a nice, warm gray fleece lining. It was in the low 30s, and very foggy out at the time – Pacific Northwest autumn at its finest! The chair I was seated in was situated between the doors, and the check-in desk.

Out of the corner of my eye I noticed two people walking in my direction very, very slowly. I glanced up, and saw a young woman, and her very young son. The woman had a tight hold on her little boy. Her eyes were wide, and she was staring at me. Abruptly, she rushed her son by me to the check-in desk. I don’t know what happened at the desk concerning them, but the woman had to go back out to her car for something, then come back in. That meant walking by me twice more. Both times she walked very slowly, as if dreading getting anywhere near me, and then practically ran her little boy by me before settling into a normal walk after getting on the other side of where I happened to be sitting. Keep in mind, too, that I’m 6′ 1″, and around 220 pounds. I’m not a little guy. But even if people notice my pentacle amulet, and not knowing what it really means, give me frowns, I don’t typically garner the types of reactions that I got this morning from that young woman – unless I’m wearing the bat boots. As they’re not overly comfortable, and they have zero traction, I don’t wear them often. Desirée  loves them, so I sometimes wear them for that reason alone. This morning, I had them on as I was unable to wear my usual sneakers out and about.

Though nothing at all came up about my writing career in talking to anyone while we were out this morning – it usually doesn’t – I can’t help but wonder something. Do such reactions from people, whether they know of my work as a writer, or not, help or harm my status as a bestselling, award-winning author? Or does it even matter one way, or the other? Even if people see me wearing the bat boots, and know that I’m an author, I write paranormal, horror, fantasy, and science fiction. People often expect authors to dress in accordance with whatever genre(s) they work in.

What do you all think?

Scott Harper

www.scottharper.net

“Quintana Roo, Yucatan” – Review Snippets

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“This book was my first introduction to the action/adventure genre, but if all of them are like this it won’t be my last.”

“The author does such an amazing job of telling about the trip through the jungle, that at times you feel you are there.”

“This is a novel of pure action and adventure. There was never a dull moment, even for a minute.”

“There was no stop in the action, and if you are into good action this is the book for you.”

“I really loved this book. It was a page turner I couldn’t put down.”

“Once you start you won’t be able to stop reading.”

“I would recommend it to adult readers though as it gets cruel and bloody at times.”

“A classic adventure story.”

Pick up your own copy of my bestselling, award winning book “Quintana Roo, Yucatan” here, now, to enjoy as much as others have!

Scott Harper

www.scottharper.net

Unverified

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Desirée Lee ran across an interesting tidbit yesterday that sort of ties into my award-winning, bestselling action/adventure novel “Quintana Roo, Yucatan“. Here’s what she found. This is unverified, but interesting – especially if it’s true:

Yucatan, Mexico, was named after a misunderstanding. Spaniards asked the locals what was the place called. They replied “Yucatan,” which in their language means “I don’t understand you.”

As she said, that might explain some things in “Quintana Roo, Yucatan“!

Scott Harper

www.scottharper.net

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