Created in 2018, The Haunted Wordsmith is an online multi-genre writing playground filled with botched poetry, microfiction, flash fiction, short stories, and current works-in-progress by Teresa Grabs.

The only thing certain about this blog is that nothing is certain.


I always had an active imagination and spent many days and nights creating stories with my friends as a child in Aberdeen, Maryland. When I was eight, my parents divorced and we (my mother, older brother, and myself) moved to Salt Lake City, Utah. There, my creativity was not as welcome. Many of my stories were horror-filled tales but each had a slight twist at the end. In elementary school, teachers often remarked that “I needed help” because of what I wrote or failed me because it was “disturbing” or “vile” and several commented that I “was going to hell.” I often wish my mother or I had collected my writing, but that would have resulted in “clutter” and “useless junk.”

Sometime around sixth grade, I stopped writing anything that was not required for school (and even then many times I simply would not complete the assignment). When I did participate, teachers often accused me of plagiarizing or having my mother write it. None of my teachers wanted to believe that I was capable of anything other than what they thought a poor kid living in a wealthy suburb should be capable of doing.

After years of dealing with teachers thinking I am less than capable of anything, I left school at sixteen and worked full-time. My career path has been as varied as my interests. From housekeeping and roofing to nonprofit development and animal caretaking, I have enjoyed a plethora of experiences.

When my son was born, I could not be a hypocrite and returned to school. In ten years, I earned an Associate Degree in General Studies, two Bachelor Degrees, two Masters Degrees, and a PhD in Public Policy. My return to education also saw a return to my roots in creative writing.

Now, I am a full-time writer and freelance editor.

Five Things About Me

  1. I have hiked the Appalachian Trail and all around Yellowstone, Grand Canyon, and the Grand Tetons.
  2. I can read and write in five languages (English, French, German, Russian, and Latin) — I don’t like speaking languages other than English because I butcher it too much.
  3. I am a Twilight Zone fan.
  4. In addition to reading, writing, and hiking, I love genealogy, movies, politics, environmental behavior, economics, learning, and gardening.
  5. I love strategy games.

38 thoughts on “About

  1. Ha Ha it is nice to know that there are others out there who talk to themselves. I do it constantly. (If you do it in the grocery store whilst down a crowded aisle, you will soon have that aisle all to yourself.) 🙂

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  2. Good question….I am not the greatest looking person in the world. I used to write under my name (with my name as the site name) but stopped. One reason was because it just seemed really weird ( I don’t really like drawing attention to myself) and because my name is a subject/verb that can produce some very strange (porn) Google results. I feel bad for my son because I wasn’t thinking ahead when I named him (his monogram is RAG…yeah, I’m cruel).

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  3. Hi! This is Tom (TJ) Darby from the Ale81Inn. Thanks for coming by to visit and giving us the like and follow. We are still under development, but we are a collection of freelancers with some history in other forums. I hope you’ll keep abreast of our developments as we grow. We feature a variety of voices, but we are predominantly of a sub-cultural flavor.

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  4. First I appreciate the post because I have not done an about myself yet. Also there is so much we have in common. I’m that much more interested in the details and look forward to reading more. As far as what to be when one grows up.. mine has always been writer. Now that I’m 40 I decided I’d better write now. So I put a post in response to first Friday, you commented and therefore legitimized me as a writer. Thank you and I look forward to more of your work.

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  5. Ok. The link to your book on Amazon is not working, I was gonna check it out.
    I like your About Page, I never could find the question you were commenting on when you said, “Good Question” but don’t be so hard on yourself.

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    1. Thanks for telling me about the link…I was fixing a few things today and it got messed up. It’s working now. The comment you are referring to was in response to a guy purged from my blog (on my end at least) that was asking why I don’t have a picture of myself on my blog.

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    1. When the image changes, it’s because I have a featured image in the post. Only those who actually visit my site see that…lol. The buttons are easy to add…it is just a custom html image. WP allows anything on free sites as long as it is not a script.

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    1. I listen to myself all the time…I’m usually the only one who does…lol. My teenage son has selective hearing loss. I can talk myself into good moods, bad moods, save my life, save other’s life, but usually I just entertain myself and come up with stories to tell others. I would be able to write much more, and much faster if I could get one of those speaking to typing programs. There was an apostrophe there because I am an idiot and no one bothered to tell me that there was a goof. They happen to the best of people though. Thanks for letting me know 🙂

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  6. Hi Wordsmith! My daughter, featured occasionally in my Blog as The Girl, is an almost-13 year-old violinist who loves school a little less as a 7th-grader than she did as a 6th and who is into EVERYthing. She’s on student council, plays in the strings orchestra, is a Junior Thespian, is in the choir, and is now an alternate on the volleyball team. They keep us busy, don’t they? How long has your son been playing?

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    1. My son’s been playing since 6th grade but had introductory lessons in 3rd grade before we moved here. He just started high school and is in the select orchestra with juniors and seniors while all the other freshman are in the regular orchestra. No one believed him until the music teacher told them…lol. He’s not really an active guy, but he is on the high school scholar’s bowl team, honors classes, orchestra, anime club, card game club, and now for some reason (junior girls) wants to go to all the dances…lol

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  7. Oops. Hello apologies for my rudeness for the earlier day. I’m argumentative, go figure! Also could tell you knew economics, no hard feelings. By the way dropped in to ask a question:-
    Are you a person who gets angry quickly?
    And what are your methods to calm yourself down?

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    1. You weren’t rude. We don’t agree is all. I don’t get angry at much, perturbed yes, but not angry. That comes with the territory of being an adult and a parent. As far as knowing economics…yes, I do. As as well as business and politics. My advice is to separate emotion from thought. Rather than accepting what is felt emotionally (especially in politics or business) ask what is logical and reasonable. Those two things bring clarity. Clarity is required in all aspects of life.

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      1. Thank you for your sharing your thoughts. I do worry if the problem lies with the thoughts being generated due to emotional stimuli that makes it harder for, most if not all of us, to invest heavily in discussions which regretfully becomes arguments.

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  8. Awesome! I’m excited to read more. I have a full time job and raising three girls… 10, 11, 17. They’re into drumming and leggo sets, school band and choir. Currently editing a novel I have been working on for three years now. Hope to publish it soon. Had a November deadline but as I have a full time job and other things… freaking life just gets in the way sometimes.

    Love your blog. Inspirational! Hugs!

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  9. Hello! I have a post where I keep up with writing prompts, and I was just checking my links to make sure they weren’t dead or that the prompt hadn’t stopped. Do you still do the Three Things Challenge? Or have you changed to the ‘March Madness’ format I’m seeing?

    Hope this was the right place to make such a query.

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  10. I’m sorry I hope this is okay…

    Just wondered if you would be interested at all in trying out my little writing challenge. It only asks for 300 words. I began a strange story (500 words) and asked that the readers write the ending.

    I think you would do a great job. If you can think of anyone else who likes writing challenges like that please pass this along. I’d really enjoy reading these so much! Just in the name of the writing community and writing practice. Thanks!

    Hope you are well!


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