Squire’s Castle – Willoughby Hills, Ohio
Picture Credit: Dead Ohio
My husband and I were best friends for almost four years before we decided it was time to stop being silly and start being in love.
When the recession hit we were just beginning our relationship and there was limit funding for date nights, so we decided to hit the parks. Our first true “date” was Squire’s Castle, a shell of a building located deep in the North Chagrin Reservation MetroPark. Squire’s Castle is not actually a castle and was never meant to be so. It was intended to be a guard house to a more elaborate building, but it was never finished. Indeed, the owner Feargus B. Squire did live in it for a time, but eventually abandoned the land and sold it in 1922. By 1925 the Cleveland MetroParks purchased the land and it has become a public site ever since.
On a good day in Cleveland children play in the castle, people walk their dogs and couples young and old will enjoy its splendor.
Last June, my husband and I added it to our story once more as we said our “I dos” in front of a small gathering of our friends and family within its walls and our love has been a castle ever since.
Photo Credit: C Cross Photography
Sunday 2nd December 2012
I would just like to apologise because this post is much a copy of my own on Gerry’s, But I am so pleased I had to do it on both sites.I have done it two years on the trot, but this is so much more meaningful to me. So a Big Thank you..
My saying for the week. ‘Two hearts, Two souls, One Love’
The Editor has asked me to interview the said Gerry about his project, and ‘NANOWRIMO’ story. He is one of the few million people world wide that has participated in this writing fest. Not all managed to write 50,000 words in 30 days. But a large percentage are successful. Gerry also participated last year, and was a winner then. So I caught up with him and asked him a few questions. So peeplezzz please read on and find how this mysterious man completed his project.
Question 1. Please describe what made your choice of story and why you decide to join in again?
Gerry Answered -When I first started out on this project this year, I fully intended to continue with last years story. A story of fantasy, elves, dwarves, kings and queens and wizards. And of course the human family. But it would have meant a lot of prep work, you know the drill, read through all my work catch up on the lines and then try to continue from where I left off last year.
But then a week before it started I was in two minds as to even bother doing it. But a good friend of mine persuaded me to go for it. It was then I decided to do a completely different story. A Romance story. I had some notes and prep already, but not what I thought was enough for this project. Again talking to my very good friend I decided to give it a go. ‘Nothing Ventured Nothing Gained’.
Question 2. Did you ever get to a point of giving up, or writers block.
Gerry Answered – There was a couple of moments, but not so much as struggling for words, or the which way to take the story line, it was more of an emotional trip. Some of the scene I painted with my words, started to feel very real, almost part of me, and it affected me so.
Question 3. What did you do to get over this, if you did not intend stopping the story.
Gerry Answered – I never had any intention of giving up on this story, it started to mean so much to me. Resembling a moment in my life from many years ago. But because of the emotions I would take a break for an hour or two, and sometimes for the rest of the day. I would talk to my friend, and we would banter all the good things and I would then carry on. I wanted and needed to finish. The NANO was actually secondary.
Question 4. Was the word count ever a problem to reach.
Gerry Answered – No the word count was never a problem, I fully intended and was trying to reach it, but the main goal was the story. I had never felt so strongly about a story that I have written. Because of my bonding to this romantic story I had to finish it.
Final question Gerry. We assume that you finished, so is there any one or any thing you would like to say or thank, jus any words to finish with.
Gerry Answered – Hey guys, yes, I have been successful for the second year running. And I cannot express how happy and pleased I am for achieving this. I validated my novel yesterday with a total word count of 51250. But the impressive thing about this years I actually started and wrote a complete new story from scratch. there is one person that I can thank very much for the support for which I given and the encouragement. That person knows who they are. So thank you very very much. Yes I finished it and at the end I wrote in big letters. I have only been able to write these words once before. ‘THE END’
So there you have it, my report on Gerry’s winning participation in this years NANOWRIMO 2012. So people until the next big Scoop, watch this space for new things and changes to happen in the near future.
Also please visit me on Gerry;s Space.