Regarding Maryanne's question about the ghost:
The ghost visited me in a lucid dream. I was on a boat, a large out of control boat. Once I solved the problem of the speeding boat, by saying we should drop the engine or put a hole in the bottom to slow it down, the scene changed. I was in the middle of motorcycle traffic then a horse race, shutting my eyes, then opening up and I was in a horse driven carriage from the 16th century passing by people that had the plague. I was awake in the dream the whole time and aware that someone was taking me on a trip. I was very disturbed once I opened my eyes to wake up. This took place in a fancy old hotel in Rome. We were staying within walking distance of the writer that an old ghost had punched in the nose. I wasn't sure I could help her after meeting this old ghost because I'd only dealt with 100 or 200 year old ghosts in America. None from 500 years ago. The young writer canceled saying she was sick.
I'm putting together a package for the italian editors and will include a bag of smudging sage for our young writer friend to burn for protection.