I use the frame story technique. Many authors don’t link the outer and inner stories. I use a slight weave. The stories remain independent but I prefer to filter a few things from the outer take to the inner. I’m working on the weave, at present. My recent posts about wrestling occurred because my outer tale had a wrestling reference; which, prompted me to add wrestling to my inner story. The image above shows my construction. I don’t use ghosts but my guides act much like the Christmas ghosts of past, present and future.