Saturday, April 3, 2010

Medium and psychic stories

by Brittany Geragotelis

I'm at my boyfriend Matt's house in Maryland for Easter weekend, and so far, it's been full of a lot of relaxation (and a ton of writing; up to page 143 in "Painless"!). I've pretty much set up shop on the couch, snuggled up under a blanket (although it's beautiful outside) in front of the TV, mini laptop on my lap.

I woke up at the butt-crack of dawn this morning to have breakfast with Matt's mom. His little cousin (Maya) was performing in a sort of breakfast/theater show for the acting group she's a part of. Maya was a hoot. She's around 7 and is a natural performer. She's so much like Amanda Bynes back when she had "The Amanda Show" on Nickelodeon it's crazy. Give the girl her own show already!

Anyway, then we went to the mall and back here to the house, where I plopped myself down for three hours and just wrote. Today, the story just wasn't flowing. When this happens, I just have to push past it, because I know I can always go back and fix things later. The important thing is to get something down on paper (or computer screen) that advances the story. "Painless" has been such an interesting book for me to write so far--It's SO much darker than the stuff I usually write. I mean, this girl is seriously damaged...but she also kicks ass, which is actually really fun to write.

Now, I'm laying here and watching "Medium" on Netflix. I've always been a fan of the show, but recently I've been on a psychic kick. I just finished re-watching the first season, and it was so neat watching it all from the beginning. And the special features on the DVDs were AWESOME! Seriously, if you like the show and get the chance, watch the special features.

photo credit: Allison DuBois
I'd had no idea that the show was based on a real woman named Allison DuBois (pictured left), who's a psychic and medium who's married to Joe DuBois, works for the district attorney's office as a jury consultant and has kids who are all showing signs of psychic abilities themselves. So if you watch the show yourself, you'll see that basically the show is all about her life. She's even written books about her experiences as a medium. I'm totally psyched to get her first book, Don't Kiss Them Goodbye (Get it? Psyched?).

You know, I have to admit--I do believe in ghosts. I had a few experiences growing up that have stayed with me over the years and I can't presume to think I know EVERYTHING that goes on in this universe. I think our intuition is a form of being "psychic," but most of us (especially adults) let our heads talk us out of those nagging feelings that something's off, wrong, right, dangerous, a good idea, etc. We don't trust the natural intuition we may have. Maybe psychics are just better at listening to their intuition and interpretting it.

Sometimes I have dreams that I think are slightly prophetic. Like, I'll dream about someone I haven't thought about in a long time, give them a call and find out they're going through a tough time and my call was perfect timing. Coincidence? Or is it just my subconscious telling me to pick up the phone?

Either way, I definitely think there are people out there who are more intuitive than others. Who knows, maybe there's a little psychic in all of's just a matter of whether we use our abilities or not.



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