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For my Patron Saint, on his 205th Birthday

In honor of Edgar Allan Poe’s 205th birthday, here’s one of my favorite short stories: “The Oval Portrait.”


Edgar Allan Poe has had one of the greatest influences over my writing life. I own him a debt I can never repay but for my adoration. Though it’s doubtful the Poe Toaster will make his appearance this night, I raise my glass of cognac in Poe’s honor and leave three roses on my desk.

Happy 205th Birthday, Mr. Poe.


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January 19, 2014 · 1:28 am

In Which I Read “LIGEIA”

It’s a day late (not really, I posted it Tuesday night), but I wanted to give you a gift this holiday season, and what better gift that reading Poe-etry? I picked a bit of “Ligeia” to share with you. Happy Christmas, Glorious Winter, or simply have a nice Thursday.

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December 26, 2013 · 12:55 pm

My Top Five Books of 2013!

Because I just don’t talk about books enough! Here are my top five favorite reads of this year.

Most of these books are available at Barnes and Noble ( and Amazon, in both print and ebook variety, with the exception of Gris Grimly’s Frankenstein. You gotta hit up for that one.

In the Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters
Gris Grimly’s Frankenstein
Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by April G. Tucholke
Something Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard
Darker Still (Magic Most Foul series) by Leanna Renee Hieber

Thank you for watching, and here’s to a new year of adventures and haunting book shops.

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December 19, 2013 · 8:41 pm

A Nightmare Before Christmas: Shock Makeup Tutorial

Just because it’s December doesn’t mean it’s not Halloween.

Sadly, the eyeliner portion of the video didn’t record, but I left instructions in the clips I did have. Once you have your eyeliner shaped, pat over with purple eyeshadow to brighten the color, same as the lips I show later in the video. I used Mac’s Parfait Amor.

I also realized I forgot to mention contouring and highlighting. Use a darker green shimmer (I used Mac’s Black Emerald) to contour the cheeks and a lighter green shimmer for a highlight. If you don’t like sparkly shadows, matte is awesome. I just don’t own any. šŸ˜€

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December 11, 2013 · 10:13 am

World Domination Through Writing: Let’s Talk Contests!

I’ve been wanting to do a post on contests for a while. I’ve also been wanting to make more videos. Thus World Domination Through Writing!


What have your contest experiences been like? Leave a comment below or feel free comment on the video.



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September 18, 2013 · 4:41 pm