My husband gifted me with a night’s stay at the hotel a mile from our house. So I was close enough I could be accessible if the house burned down or the kiddo’s heads exploded, but I was otherwise off limits.
I wrote on the balcony. I laughed at 20 minutes of vintage South Park (Drugs are bad, m’kay) until I realized with horror that I was wasting time. I took a long, hot bubble bath, and then crawled into nice, clean sheets that I didn’t have to wash. It was such a wonderful, wonderful night.
Hey, that’s me! The Horror Writers Association interviewed me for Women in Horror Month. And that’s just awesome. Swing by here if you get a chance!
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!
They had me last year and I’m delighted to be invited back. It’s very, very cool. I’m so inspired by these new students who have hope and so much unbridled enthusiasm in their eyes. I just want to suck it up, all Hannibal Lecter style. With a side of fava beans.
Wish us luck!
That means that a group of us are going to write 10,000 words this week on our projects. BAM! Care to join us?
You guys! I received some astronomical news this week. My story “The Dead Collection” was accepted to Michael Bailey’s Chiral Mad 3. I can’t tell you how wild my happy dance was. I love Bailey’s work and his Chiral Mad anthologies are top of the line in every way. I’m also floored by the lineup! I’ll be sharing a TOC with people like Ramsey Campbell, Gardner Goldsmith (who wrote the foreword to my collection Beautiful Sorrows. What a dear!), Bruce Boston, and an author you may have heard of, Stephen King.
Stephen. Frickin’. King.
Glenn Chadbourne is doing art for all of the stories, and for some of the poetry as well. In fact, he’s already created a piece for my story! You can see it and the rest of the lineup here.
This is wonderful news to me. I’ve been in a bit of a literary slump, which I’ll address a bit on Wednesday. So this is a dream come true and also a kick in the pants/high-five from the universe. 🙂
Thank you for sharing in my joy with me.
Seriously. There’s no cooler name in the universe than Cat Rambo. And she let me guest post on her blog! Stop by here to read about finding your literary voice. 🙂
It will be tons of fun, you guys!
I’ll be the guest speaker at the Las Vegas Writer’s Group. We’ll be discussing how to use your blog to grow your readership, and how you can use your blog to actually enhance your quality of life. That “Oh, I’m so stressed out about my blog!” thing? Not here. Life is all about joy, my friends. 🙂
Thursday, March 19, 2015 at 7:00 PM
Price: $5.00/per person
5589 W Charleston Blvd, Las Vegas, NV (map)
It’s impossible to write demonic warfare to the sound of insane giggling. I know when I’m beat. I also know when it’s time to join in the fun!