All Hallows Eve 2013

PumpkinHalloween snuck up on me this year.

Normally in anticipation of this most ghoulish of holidays, I watch a horror movie a night (last year I actually posted a ‘review a day’ based on this tradition) have a “Spook-tacular” Word Count Podcast and enjoy getting dressed up for the season.

This year there are so many things going on, that the fun part of the season just escaped me.

My wife and I have had a tough year. We’ve lost people–family and friends. Health has been an issue as well. There has been a general over-all malaise this year that I just cannot explain. I mean life—the good and the bad—happens to everyone. Why does this year feel so different?

Perhaps I’m focusing on the wrong things.

There are exciting things happening, after all. Been working on a Kickstarter program that will be released shortly to fund an anthology I’m putting together with fellow writer M. J. King (you can like the page on Facebook, follow progress on Twitter or bookmark the website to stalk us).

This weekend, I’m participating in my first 5K ever—at the ripe old age of 48. Although this charity event is in memory of a dear friend whose loss is still felt very deeply, there are nearly 100 of us on the team and we more than doubled our fundraising goal.

My children are good, my father survived losing a kidney and the aftermath of infection and rehab, my wife and I are still very-much in love.

Now all I need to do is stay focused on the positive until the funk has passed.

Perhaps, with this being Halloween, it’s time to take of this mask of depression and move forward.

Have a safe one!



The Word Count Episode 35

MercedesWelcome to Episode 35 of “The Word Count” podcast!

Occasionally on the show, we divert from our theme based original story format to feature a writer and his/her current work—inclusive of a snippet read by the author themselves.

And thus, I am proud to say, I give you this week’s very special guest, Mercedes M. Yardley

In her own words:

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’ve written a few novels, and I’m shopping the last one around.  It’s challenging, and I like it that way. I’m a member of the SFWA, the HWA, and I’m the nonfiction editor for Shock Totem: Curious Tales of the Macabre and Twisted.  Check us out at

Mercedes2I know how to throw a tomahawk and I wear red corduroys because they make me happy. That’s also why I write: I like being happy.”

Mercedes is a fabulous writer and person, and as you will here on the show, we gone along instantly.  We talk about her first novella, Apocalyptic Montessa and Nuclear Lulu: A tale of Atomic Love and she does a reading from it as well.  You can find her on the ‘net:

Website: A Broken Laptop

Twitter: @mercedesmy

Sit back and enjoy this one.  Either listen via the website or download a copy later.  All links are below.







 iTunes (and remember, iTunes takes their sweet time in posting.  If you don’t see it yet, keep trying!):



Your Host with his copy…