The Horror Writer’s Podcast Interview!


This was an insanely fun interview with Zach Bohannon and J.Thorn from The Horror Writer’s Podcast.  I hit it off with them immediately, and it felt like getting into a good-natured scrap with your family at the reunion. Zach is the kind of guy who would sit down next to you at the picnic table and steal the cob of corn from your plate while J watches and tries not to laugh. It was really, really fun. Please take a listen! and go ahead and subscribe to their Youtube channel.

I really enjoy interviews. It gives me a chance to meet new people and play off what they have to say. It’s really some of the most fun I have while writing. I hope you enjoy!




Gamut Is Doing A Huge Giveaway!


Huge Gamut Giveaway! Grand Prize Winner will get $210 worth of Gamut goodies (in time for Xmas)! An amazing Creepy Doll, four books (The New Black, Exigencies, Scratch by Steve Himmer, Paper Tigers by Damien Angelica Walters), a set of Gamut postcards (25 total), pens, a Gamut mug, and an annual membership! 2nd gets a $30 Amazon Gift Card and a membership. 3rd gets a subscription! Please share!

This runs for FOUR MORE DAYS. Good luck!

Easy Friends and Family Gifts!

We’ve let Christmas overwhelm us. It isn’t about spirituality or kindness or even really family anymore. It’s about gifts, about running ourselves ragged, about filling our days with so much joy and merriment that it somehow turns into pressure. I’ve been trying to avoid that feeling this year, and simplifying has been a great help.

I saw this on The Merry Little Christmas Project,  and liked the idea so much that I tried it myself. Instead of stressing over what to give teachers, bus drivers, neighbors, etc, try doing something fun and simple.


I bought a few large candy bars and wrapped them in colorful Christmas pages torn out of magazines.  The lighting isn’t great in this picture, but the gifts are glossy and full of bright colors. They only took a few minutes, didn’t overwhelm me, and are absolutely charming. It’s nice to have a quick, inexpensive gift on hand, and a handwritten note will make each one personal and heartfelt. They’re also darling stocking stuffers,

What are some of your gift ideas? I’d love to hear!



This Is Horror Episode 120…With Outtakes!


This is the second  part of the two part interview with This Is Horror. We discussed Gamut, rejections, and fairytales. Also, exploding Coke Zero bottles, selling organs on the black market, and about ten minutes of outtakes. There was a lot of laughter. The three of us were giggly things.

The thing with interviews is that you never quite know the direction they’ll take. 😉

I’d like to thank This Is Horror for being so generous with their time with me. You can listen to both parts of the Interview and a reading of my short story “Luna e Volk” below. I hope you enjoy!

Episode 119: Mercedes M. Yardley talks about NaNoWriMo, The Poetry of Language, and Beautiful Horror.

Episode 120: Mercedes M. Yardley talks about Gamut Magazine, Rejections, and Fairy Tales

Episode 122: Mercedes M. Yardley read Luna e Volk.


Easy Cheery Cinnamon Voodoo Ornaments! A Tutorial.

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Christmas spirit is lacking this year. So I’ve been trying to do simple, stress-free things with the children to add joy and spice. Yesterday we made cinnamon salt dough ornaments, and it was just what the doctor prescribed!

I found the original recipe here.

This recipe has four ingredients and doesn’t require cooking. Easy, charming, and the cinnamon smelled so good! We did hearts, stars, bunnies, and voodoo dolls, of course.

The Recipe

1 cup flour

1/2 cup of salt

1/2 cup of cinnamon

3/4 cups of warm water

Mix your ingredients together. It’s easiest to mix the powders first and add the water last.


If it’s a little dry, add more water. If it’s a little sticky, add more flour. Really, you can’t mess this recipe up.

Knead it with your hands and roll it into a ball.


Roll it out and use cookie cutters to cut out your…

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My Darlings, May I Read You A Story?


Last night was a crazy night with SWAT going after the people two houses down. We heard megaphones and sirens and what could have been flash bombs, but the girls and I were huddled together on the bottom bunk, telling stories to distract ourselves from the fear. Because stories make everything better, and listening to a story is one of life’s oldest and greatest pleasures. It was also all I had to offer, since I was a bit shaken myself.

My darlings, may I read you a story? This is Horror podcast invited me to read something aloud, and I chose one of my favorite stories from my Beautiful Sorrows collection. Here is “Luna e Volk,” a tale of beauty, darkness, and a young man who is so entranced by the old tales and movies that he meshes fantasy and reality together. Please take a second to drink something soothing and listen to “Luna e Volk.”

Happy Thanksgiving!


We had a small, charming Thanksgiving this year. Just us, some favorite foods, video games, and movies. Thanksgiving carries a lot of baggage for me, but I tried to shrug it off and spent time really focusing on the people and things I’m grateful for.


Gratitude really does make everything better. I hope you have a wonderful day, and find the joy and peace you’re looking for. ❤


Things of Peace and Beauty


Most of you know that my anxiety is through the roof. I make a conscious effort to bring peace and beauty into my home, so I have things to calm me. Like my indoor jungle.



Sitting next to a warm bunny.


A sweet bowl for my kitty ring.

img_5336-1Marsh the Mystery Cat snoozing outside. Small things, all, but things of joy. They’re tiny islands of beauty in a stormy sea, and every time I see these things I smile.

What are some of your favorite things? Would you share them with me? I’d love to hear.

This is Horror Podcast Interview! Episode 119.

14996534_10101309758396084_2142927969_nMichael David Wilson and Bob Pastorolla invited me on Episode 119 of the This Is Horror Podcast, and it was such a blast! We discussed NaNoWriMo, lush language, beautiful horror, and the benefits of having your roommate perform kitchen table surgery with regular utensils. I may or may not have recommend removing a kidney as a form of weight loss, and definitely as a way to raise funds on the black market.

In case you couldn’t tell, we had a good time. Great questions, discussions, a challenge from Michael that I accepted, and a lot of laughter. Please drop by and take a listen!

This is part one of the interview. If you’d like the whole thing in one shot, you can go to this link and donate $4. Not only will you get the entire interview, but you’ll support This Is Horror and earn Michael’s undying love. No, seriously, he promised that. He’ll love you forever, and eternal love is worth achieving. Do it. 🙂

I hope you enjoy listening even half as much as I enjoyed recording. It was so fun! These are nice guys doing wonderful things for the genre, and that’s pretty stellar.