Pimp A Friend Friday: Lillian Rose and Meriweather Asterios

You guys! YOU GUYS. Lillian Rose Asterios and her husband Merris do some of the most gorgeous artistic work that you’re going to find. I can’t tell you how breathless I am to see what they create and sell. Things like this:

Image may contain: shoes and outdoorDo you see those stunning earrings? They’re made from ethically collected butterflies who have already passed. I swoon. I mean, seriously. In fact, I just placed an order for a pair.

She also created this gorgeous coloriong book, available on Amazon.

Merris painted these:

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And this!

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Please take a minute to scour their Facebook pages and see what you’d like to purchase. Their work is wonderful! You can find Lillian’s work on her page, as well as Meriweather’s work on his.

I hope you find something that fills your soul while supporting artists. ❤

 

 

I’ll Be Speaking at the LVWG on Thursday!

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I love speaking at the Las Vegas Writers Group meetings. They’re a lot of fun and I actually met my writer’s group, the Illiterati, at the LVWG. Please join us on Thursday, January 19 at 7:00. We’ll be talking about critique groups. We’ll discuss the pros and cons, how to give and receive feedback, and answer any questions you may have. The LVWG is friendly to novice and veteran writers alike. Please join us! I’ll also be selling and signing books afterward. It’s five dollars to attend, and you can either RSVP here or simply walk in. Have a wonderful day!

Thursday, January 19, 2017

7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

The Tap House

5589 W Charleston Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 

The popular Mercedes Murdock Yardley is returning this month to give us her take on joining and using critique groups. (Hint — she’s in favor of them.) Last time Mercedes presented her talk was very well received, and she has been invited back virtually by popular demand.

Here is Mercedes writing about herself:

Hi. I’m Mercedes. I have two broken laptops, three kids, a husband and no time to write, although I try my very best. I like to write stories. I like to write poems. I like to write essays and sometimes they’re funny, sometimes they aren’t. I’m the author of the short story collection Beautiful Sorrows, the “serial killers in love” novella  Apocalyptic Montessa and Nuclear Lulu: A Tale of Atomic Love, the BONE ANGEL trilogy, Pretty Little Dead Girls: A Novel of Murder and Whimsy, and the Bram Stoker Award winner Little Dead Red. I specialize in the dark and beautiful.

We meet in the non-smoking meeting room. Door opens at six, meeting starts at 7. Come early to order a bite to eat and network with fellow Las Vegas writers! New members at any stage of their writing career are always welcome!
It costs just $5 at the door! Come early to meet old and new friends and sample some fine Tap House food!

2011 NaNoWriMo Playlist

Last year I asked everybody what should be on our NaNoWriMo playlist. And boy, did I get answers! Like 145 of them. I’m going to repost that list for this year, and invite you to contribute your favorite writing songs, as well! Let me know what you think we’re missing out on, and I’ll add it to the list. It’s almost that time. Happy writing!

1.Suicide Sports Club- ”0220 Boy”

2. Muse-”Starlight”

3. Emily Bindiger-”Aura” (.hack soundtrack)

4. Breaking Benjamin-”Evil Angel” “Diary of Jane” (acoustic version)

5. AFI- ”Silver and Cold”

6. Placebo-”Infra-red”

7. Rayzd-”Sora”

8. Celtic Music

9. Sigur Rose () album

10. Big Band Music

11. Zoe Keating’s “Natoma” album

12. Beethoven’s 7th Symphony, 2nd Movement

13. Hans Zimmer soundtracks (Pirates II)

14. Bach’s cello suites

15. Pantera “10s”

16. Kittie “Spit”

17. Misfits “Bullet” “She”

18. Amanda Palmer “Runs in the Family”

19. Less Than Jake “How’s My Driving Doug Hastings?”

20. Gogol Bordello “Start Wearing Purple”

21. Sweaty Nipples “Coma”

22. Sneaker Pimps “6 Underground”

23. Carbon Based Lifeforms

24. Aes Dana (not the death metal band)

25. Cell

26. HUVA Network

27. Solar Fields

28. Lustmord

29. Tim Hecker

30. Vibrasphere

31. Ludo “Love Me Dead” “Broken Bride”

32. Locksley

33. Faded Paper Figures

34. The Kooks

35. The Bravery

36. Imogen Heap

37. Metric

38. Meatloaf

39. George Thoroughgood

40. Nickleback

41. Evanescence

42. Portishead

43. Queens of the Stone Age-”Nobody Knows”

44. Bodyjar-”Hazy Shade of Winter”

45. Dresden Dolls-”Coin-Operated Boy”

56. Bob Dylan-”It Ain’t Me, Babe”

57. The Strokes-”Last Night”

58. Them-”It’s All Over Now Baby Blue”

59. Tex Perkins-”I Know You Know I Know”

60. The Meat Puppets-”Back Water”

61. Brian Eno “On Land” “Another Green World”

62. Robert Rich-”Stalker”

63. Neverending White Lights

64. Jeff Buckley

65. Nick Drake

66. Peter Bradley Adams-”Longer I Run”

67. Bon Iver-”Skinny Love”

68. Good Old War-”Weak Man”

69. Murder By Death-”Until Morale Improves, The Beatings Will Continue”

70. Pink-”Funhouse”

71. Ingrid Michaelson-”Be OK”

72. Rodrigo y Gabriela-”Diablo Rojo”

73. Lady Gaga-”Poker Face”

74. Ewan McGregor-”El Tango de Roxanne” (Moulin Rouge Soundtrack)

75. -Rachmaninoff-”Allegro Scherzando” piano and cello duet

76. Yo-Yo ma-”Unaccompanied Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major”

77. Pink Floyd-Dark Side of the Moon

78. Roxy Music-Avalon

79. Beatles-Love

80. Ludovico Einaudi- “Divenire” Primavera”

81. Pearl Jam-”Jeremy” “Black”

82. Ryan Adams- “Two” “I Taught Myself to Grow Old”

83. Rob Thomas-”Cradlesong” “Fire on the Mountain” “I Am an Illusion” “All that I Am”

84. Tyrone Wells-”Sea Breeze” “In Between the Lines” “More”

85. Hurt

86. Garfield Mayor-”Softly Softly”

87. Darren Hayes-”Words” “Walk Away”

88. Brendan James-”Early Morning April” “Green”

89. Black Stone Cherry-”Things My Father Said” “Blind Man”

90. Leona Lewis-”Take a Bow”

91. Bon Jovi-”One Wild Night”

92. Fleetwood Mac

93. Asp

94. Project Pitchfork

95. Bella Morte

96. Faith and the Muse

97. IAMX

98. The 69 Eyes

99. Deathstars

100. Eisbrecher

101. Oomph!

102. Das Ich

103. Kaizer’s Orchestra

104. The Exploding Boy

105. A Perfect Circle-”Counting Bodies Like Sheep to the Rhythm of the War Drums”

106. Starflyer 59

107. Black Signature

108. Mew

109. Angelspit

110. Ego Likeness

111. Rammstein

112. Megaherz

113. Tumor

114. Porcelain and the Tramps

115. Marilyn Manson

116. Cruxshadows

117. Steinkind

118. Wumpscut

119. Cattletruck

120. Front 242

121. Miss Kittin and the Hacker

122. Oaeeene-89

123. Ministry

124. Drowning Pool

125. Kaizer’s Orchestra

126. Corrosion of Conformity

127. Collide

128. Collide

129. Blutengel

130. Arritmic

131. Dead Can Dance

132. Autumn Tears

133. Nightwish

134. Sufjan Stevens “Concerning the UFO sighting near Highland, Illinois” “John Wayne Gacy Jr.”

135. The Horrors-”She is the New Thing”

136. Emily Bindiger-”Fake Wings”

137. Elbow-”The Loneliness of a Tower Crane Driver”

138.Saudade-”I Have Come to Claim My Throne”

139. Beirut

140. Gogol Bordello

141. Man Man

142. Balkan Beat Box

143. Andrew Bird

144. Sarah Blasko

145. Clint Mansell’s score to “The Fountain”

2010 NaNoWriMo Playlist


Last year I asked everybody what should be on our NaNoWriMo playlist. And boy, did I get answers! Like 143 of them. I’m going to repost that list for this year, and invite you to contribute your favorite writing songs, as well! Let me know what you think we’re missing out on, and I’ll add it to the list. It’s almost that time. Happy Halloween, and then happy writing!

1.Suicide Sports Club- ”0220 Boy”

2. Muse-”Starlight”

3. Emily Bindiger-”Aura” (.hack soundtrack)

4. Breaking Benjamin-”Evil Angel” “Diary of Jane” (acoustic version)

5. AFI- ”Silver and Cold”

6. Placebo-”Infra-red”

7. Rayzd-”Sora”

8. Celtic Music

9. Sigur Rose () album

10. Big Band Music

11. Zoe Keating’s “Natoma” album

12. Beethoven’s 7th Symphony, 2nd Movement

13. Hans Zimmer soundtracks (Pirates II)

14. Bach’s cello suites

15. Pantera “10s”

16. Kittie “Spit”

17. Misfits “Bullet” “She”

18. Amanda Palmer “Runs in the Family”

19. Less Than Jake “How’s My Driving Doug Hastings?”

20. Gogol Bordello “Start Wearing Purple”

21. Sweaty Nipples “Coma”

22. Sneaker Pimps “6 Underground”

23. Carbon Based Lifeforms

24. Aes Dana (not the death metal band)

25. Cell

26. HUVA Network

27. Solar Fields

28. Lustmord

29. Tim Hecker

30. Vibrasphere

31. Ludo “Love Me Dead” “Broken Bride”

32. Locksley

33. Faded Paper Figures

34. The Kooks

35. The Bravery

36. Imogen Heap

37. Metric

38. Meatloaf

39. George Thoroughgood

40. Nickleback

41. Evanescence

42. Portishead

43. Queens of the Stone Age-”Nobody Knows”

44. Bodyjar-”Hazy Shade of Winter”

45. Dresden Dolls-”Coin-Operated Boy”

56. Bob Dylan-”It Ain’t Me, Babe”

57. The Strokes-”Last Night”

58. Them-”It’s All Over Now Baby Blue”

59. Tex Perkins-”I Know You Know I Know”

60. The Meat Puppets-”Back Water”

61. Brian Eno “On Land” “Another Green World”

62. Robert Rich-”Stalker”

63. Neverending White Lights

64. Jeff Buckley

65. Nick Drake

66. Peter Bradley Adams-”Longer I Run”

67. Bon Iver-”Skinny Love”

68. Good Old War-”Weak Man”

69. Murder By Death-”Until Morale Improves, The Beatings Will Continue”

70. Pink-”Funhouse”

71. Ingrid Michaelson-”Be OK”

72. Rodrigo y Gabriela-”Diablo Rojo”

73. Lady Gaga-”Poker Face”

74. Ewan McGregor-”El Tango de Roxanne” (Moulin Rouge Soundtrack)

75. -Rachmaninoff-”Allegro Scherzando” piano and cello duet

76. Yo-Yo ma-”Unaccompanied Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major”

77. Pink Floyd-Dark Side of the Moon

78. Roxy Music-Avalon

79. Beatles-Love

80. Ludovico Einaudi- “Divenire” Primavera”

81. Pearl Jam-”Jeremy” “Black”

82. Ryan Adams- “Two” “I Taught Myself to Grow Old”

83. Rob Thomas-”Cradlesong” “Fire on the Mountain” “I Am an Illusion” “All that I Am”

84. Tyrone Wells-”Sea Breeze” “In Between the Lines” “More”

85. Hurt

86. Garfield Mayor-”Softly Softly”

87. Darren Hayes-”Words” “Walk Away”

88. Brendan James-”Early Morning April” “Green”

89. Black Stone Cherry-”Things My Father Said” “Blind Man”

90. Leona Lewis-”Take a Bow”

91. Bon Jovi-”One Wild Night”

92. Fleetwood Mac

93. Asp

94. Project Pitchfork

95. Bella Morte

96. Faith and the Muse

97. IAMX

98. The 69 Eyes

99. Deathstars

100. Eisbrecher

101. Oomph!

102. Das Ich

103. Kaizer’s Orchestra

104. The Exploding Boy

105. A Perfect Circle-”Counting Bodies Like Sheep to the Rhythm of the War Drums”

106. Starflyer 59

107. Black Signature

108. Mew

109. Angelspit

110. Ego Likeness

111. Rammstein

112. Megaherz

113. Tumor

114. Porcelain and the Tramps

115. Marilyn Manson

116. Cruxshadows

117. Steinkind

118. Wumpscut

119. Cattletruck

120. Front 242

121. Miss Kittin and the Hacker

122. Oaeeene-89

123. Ministry

124. Drowning Pool

125. Kaizer’s Orchestra

126. Corrosion of Conformity

127. Collide

128. Collide

129. Blutengel

130. Arritmic

131. Dead Can Dance

132. Autumn Tears

133. Nightwish

134. Sufjan Stevens “Concerning the UFO sighting near Highland, Illinois” “John Wayne Gacy Jr.”

135. The Horrors-”She is the New Thing”

136. Emily Bindiger-”Fake Wings”

137. Elbow-”The Loneliness of a Tower Crane Driver”

138.Saudade-”I Have Come to Claim My Throne”

139. Beirut

140. Gogol Bordello

141. Man Man

142. Balkan Beat Box

143. Andrew Bird

144. Sarah Blasko

145. Clint Mansell’s score to “The Fountain”

Inspiration: Let’s Follow The Cops Back Home

I was driving and this song came on. And suddenly, I kid you not, I literally felt my eyes widen. The lyrics. The words. I had a very clear image of two broken, weary people standing on a dirt road. I am inspired. This feels too big to be a short story, but I’m smack dab in the middle of two other long projects. What shall I do, I wonder?

The song is amazing and the video hurts my heart. Doesn’t it make you realize how many strangers there are to love?