Friday, January 23, 2015

Supernatural Friday: A Light at the End-Guest Blogger Sonnet O’Dell

Welcome my guest blogger for today’s Supernatural Friday, Sonnet O’Dell, as she blogs about near death experiences. I also want to apologized for not having Part 2 of Risen Dead for Supernatural Friday last week, but Marscon had me hopping all week and this Friday, I had promised to Sonnet. I will have Part 2 next Friday. Now enjoy Sonnet’s post and do leave her a comment.

There have been many accounts of near death phenomena. People claiming to have seen a white light at the end of a tunnel, deceased loved ones telling them to go back or seeing their body from the perspective of floating above it. No one can dispute these accounts because of course there is no way to prove that isn’t exactly what happened. These accounts are as fascinating as they are frightening.

No one knows what happens. Is there something after this? An afterlife. The afterlife has been a major theme in most religions. In Egyptian mythology, the heart of the dead was weighed against a feather to determine whether or not their heart was heavy with regrets. In Greek mythology you have the souls of the dead ferried to the underworld by Charon, taken past the three headed Cerberus to be judged by Hades as to whether you would go to the Elysium fields or to Tartarus. Christian mythology though appears to be the vaguest on what will happen when you pass on. There are clear concepts of Heaven and Hell, seen often as grand frescos in churches, but no understanding of proceedings. Do you have to wait in line to be judged? Or do the dead float around about us but we just cannot see them.

This has been explored in various works of fiction. The film Beetlejuice depicts the afterlife as a civil service waiting room where the dead are assigned the living to haunt. The TV series Ghost Whisper dealt with the unfinished business of the dead and crossing them over through a golden light. The Lovely Bones depicts the dead as living in small personalized heavens looking down on the world watching life. Any way you look at it, theories are abound. Imagine if you could cross that boundary and return to tell everyone what it is really like – of course if you believe in reincarnation perhaps some of us already have.

The Morning AfterLife Blurb:
If remembering could bring about the end of everything, would you still try?

Karrin wakes up on the side of the road with selective memory loss; she knows her name and age but nothing more about herself. She walks the highway back to a town to find all but a few people have disappeared and that there are strange but beautiful beings hunting them down. It seems to her that some great apocalyptic event happened but she just doesn't remember it.

Karrin however is in more danger than she realizes as someone in her new group of friends is more deadly to her than those hunting them down. When she finds one of them, a young man roughly her own age named Gabe injured, she goes against all she's been told and helps him. Gabe in return wants to help her, help her to remember. Karrin's memories, however, could put her in even more danger and bring an end to everything she now holds dear.

The Morning AfterLife Excerpt:
A sound came from ahead of her, it echoed in the absence of her own footsteps as she had sat to rest for a while. Slowly she opened her eyes again, letting them flutter slowly as the light glanced off of the metal bus sign, till her eyes had adjusted to it once more. She looked across to the other corner and from around it came a man dressed in a white suit. She wasn’t sure at first that it was the same one she had seen until she saw that he was carrying a black umbrella. Had he followed her all the way into town? If that were true, how had he gotten ahead of her or even know she would come that way?

About Sonnet O’Dell:

Sonnet was born at the John Radcliffe in Oxford, England, and spent the first six years of her life living in the town of Abingdon close to both her grandparents and most of the rest of her family.

She moved after that to Cornwall for three years and then to Devon for another three before moving to where she has lived for the last fourteen or so years. Sonnet now lives in Worcester, Worcestershire, famous for Lea & Perrin’s Sauce and as the site for the last battle of the Civil War.

Sonnet has had a passion for the written word from a very young age and enjoys nothing more than to read a good book. The worlds created by words.

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