Sunday, February 25, 2018

I Need a Job!

by Abigail Kimball, from Sheila Connolly's Relatively Dead Series


Remember me? I’ve been quiet lately. Partly that was because Ned Newhall and I kind of took a giant leap forward when I moved into his house a year ago. We didn’t want to rush things, and I needed some time living on my own before I jumped into a new relationship, but the time was finally right. 

So far it’s been great. He’s a wonderful guy, and the fact that we share an unusual talent (mostly seeing our dead ancestors) is icing on the cake. It’s a great house, too—a Victorian in a lovely suburban town near Boston. The thing is, Ned really doesn’t care much about his surroundings, so as long as the house isn’t falling down around his ears, he kind of ignores it. He’s not a do-it-yourself kind of guy, and he does run his own business so he’s busy. I guess you might say my standards are a little different, so when I moved in I started repairing and improving things, just a little. And doing research on psychic phenomena, to find out how it works. And I also filled in parts of my family tree—I have lots of ancestors in New England!

I started slow with the house, because I didn’t want to be too pushy, but over the past year I’ve done all the easy stuff. And I hate to admit it, but I’m getting bored. You see, I used to be a teacher, and I loved that, but then I got involved with this other guy, who didn’t think being a teacher was an important job (did I mention he was a jerk?), so when we moved to the Boston area he had me get a fundraising job, which I really didn’t like. Then that relationship fell apart, and I met Ned, and after a few twists and turns Ned and I ended up together.

But I want to be doing something that uses my brain, and that kind of means a “real” job. Preferably one that involves working with kids, because I really miss that. And one that might somehow use my ability to connect mentally with other people—something I’ve been learning a lot about since Ned and I got together (but it goes beyond just Ned), although that’s tricky to talk about because I don’t want people to think I’m crazy, and when you tell them that you see people who’ve been dead for a century or two, they get worried. So now I’m looking for a job that fits me.

But what should I look for? (And please don’t tell me I should take up palm-reading or reading tarot cards, because I’m serious about this. I want to do something that matters.)

If you want to find out what Abby decides, there will be a new Relatively Dead book coming in April (I think), just as soon as it gets edited and there's a cover, and--oh, yes--a title.


7 comments:

  1. This looks like a fun series. The author is a busy writer! I’ll look for the books...so...a job? Helping find lost children would be good for you. Maybe those ancestors could help you out now and then...happy job hunting!

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    1. (Abby says) I don't know what my distance limits are for "seeing" other people, but I'm still learning, so it's worthy investigating! Weirdly, the signal or whatever you want to call it is stronger in children than in adults, mainly because they haven't learned to shut it down, so that might help.

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  2. Try for a job in a library, Abby. I'm recently retired from years at a public library. Talk about a job that matters! A library is a gateway to so many things for so many people. And - get this - I've always had the feeling that ghosts come and go freely in libraries. I often imagined them walking through the doors, happy to be there. I never saw one, but maybe you will.

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    1. You know, I first discovered my unexpected ability through touch, so holding a book might be an interesting way to "find" someone in a library. I know it works with tombstones! My theory is that people can leave a small bit of something (kind of like an electrical charge?) behind in the things they owned or used or even held, especially if there's strong emotion involved (like a burial in a cemetery).

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  3. I love this series and cannot wait to read the new one!!

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  4. I have read several of your Irish series and enjoyed them. These books look really fun because I adore Victorian houses and a bit of paranormal. As for a job-perhaps a tutor so Abby can really connect with specific kids. My cousin tutored kids in the hospital many years ago and she enjoyed the experience very much.

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  5. Maybe she can volunteer at a school or a library where she can work with kids.

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