Monday, July 24, 2017

The Yorick Project

Great hack for your Alexa, done by Mike McGurrin. 

Click on the pic for video. Click here to read the Bored Panda article.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Tequila and Guillermo...

Patron and Guillermo Del Toro. Could be good.

Could just be another skull-themed booze.

But who am I kidding? I'll still pick one up!

Thursday, July 20, 2017

The Shape of Water

This could really be good! Click on the pic for the trailer...

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Now Playing: The Charmed Pot!

If you're interested in hearing only my segments from the podcast I've been so fortunate of which to be a part, now is your chance! 

Hauntcast's G-Host, Chris Baker, has gathered all of The Charmed Pot segments into one giant cauldron of wicked good fun!
The Mistress of Mayhem adds vintage Halloween, spooky stories and all ingredients dark and mysterious in the Charmed Pot. All of Shelley's segments are now available at
Bloody Kisses!
It's a great chance to get your Hallowe'en fix in during prime build season.

Bloody kisses, and stay scary, my fiends!

Friday, June 30, 2017

Hauntcast: Post Mortem -- Trigger Warning

Now Slaying!

Chris is convicted of 1st Degree Murder (murdering good taste that is) after conversing with the 3rd Degree of Terror's creator Warren Maxwell. 
Revenant looks at haunting from a different perspective as he considers the use of optical illusions in hauntbuilding. 
Eric Gathwait from Fatal Mentality butt dials Chris to discuss his new Octopill Arduino shield 
SHOCKTAILS:Visit the Last Bar on the Left and hear Baker suffer through DTs as he watches JT chug brews and review about 27 movies including "It Comes at Night".
Barnyard Stompers rev up their new LP Outlaws with Chains II the Payback.

I took this episode of HCPM off this time because of the move, etc., but it's sure to be the usual haunt shenanigans!

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Happy Litha - Midsummer is Here!

From 1973's The Wicker Man
The Summer Solstice has arrived once again!

Time to take stock, and burn away what no longer serves you. Time to clearly see what you want and to bring it in.

Time to re-affirm your love with your partner, and to have a little romp in nature.

Time for hope.

The crops have been planted, the fruit has grown and will be ready for harvest soon.

What have you planted? What will you harvest?

I hope it's all you dreamed of. And more!

Happy Midsummer, gang!

Monday, June 19, 2017

Welcome to L.A.

It's been a couple of weeks since I packed the truck and got on the road to L.A., leaving behind my house, some great friends, and a decade of memories.

It's hard to express the mixed feelings I have about this, though if any of my readers have been through a divorce, they know, intimately, what I'm going through. There's heartbreak, yes. Lots of that, which is pretty normal after being with someone for sixteen years. There's the realization that you're almost fifty and going to live with your parents; not something I had in my planner for this stage of my life.

There's also relief and that certain feeling you get when you know you're going on an adventure.

I realized fairly early on in this process that I have the unique opportunity to re-make myself. I can find a new type of work. Create a new space for myself and Sam, a place where I can set up a studio and explore everything that's going on in my head without distraction or interference. I can start to write again, a pastime which I have missed deeply.

In short, there's enormous potential for growth, and it thrills me!

I've been in the process of recovering myself. I'd taken a few concept pictures of myself and sent them to a girlfriend with the idea of collaborating on a book (no, I'm not going to share about what it will be right now). She was intrigued by the idea and decided to come up to Folsom before I left in order to play with the idea further. Here's one:
She did a great job on my makeup, and the lighting was perfect! This picture in particular reminded me that I'm not repulsive (long story--we're not going there). I think that sometimes we need to see ourselves through the eyes of a friend before we can believe the good things about ourselves, instead of what others, who don't necessarily have our best interests at heart, tell us. It's not about physical appearance, either. It's about someone seeing that ineffable part of you and doing their best to hold it up to you and help you to see it.
Today would have been our anniversary. I find it more than a little ironic that I have to work on divorce paperwork today...

Well. Onwards right? Here's to adventure.

Friday, May 26, 2017


I know I've been absent for a while. The two or three of you left who still read my blog are possibly wondering what's been going on, so I thought I'd fill you in on what I can.

As you know, Mr. ShellHawk and I are in the process of parting ways. The past weeks have been a whirlwind of packing the house and preparing to move back to Los Angeles, emotional highs and lows, going-away parties, divorce paperwork and the everyday things one has to get done in life, like feeding the dogs and taking care of the house. And laundry. And more packing.

And getting rid of pretty much my entire studio. :'(

It's a bear to move a lot of heavy things from Northern California down to Southern California, and then have to put them in storage for an indefinite period. I figured that by the time I pay for the storage, I could have saved enough to buy that equipment, so I decided to let it go. I hate to do it, but I feel like letting go of a lot of things will, ultimately, clear the space for new things to happen in my life. And it's not like my kiln is The Sacred Kiln of Antioch, or anything like that. It's just a kiln, and they make more...

Although I'm sad to leave Folsom and all the wonderful friends I've made here, I'm excited to get back to L.A. and start over. I get a great opportunity for a "do-over" of my life; I get to re-write my script, and that's incredibly exciting and freeing. 

I'm looking forward to new studio space, new sculptures, new clay friends. I'm genuinely excited to see what my life will look like a year from now. I'm excited for the new body of work I get to create!

I'm excited for my new life.

So next Saturday, I pile into the rental truck with my friends driving my car (and my dog) behind me, and I head south.

For my new adventure...

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Stewie's New Gig - I'm SO Proud!

Stewie, who once graced my front yard at Halloween, has gone pro, as many of you are aware.

I just ran across this picture, posted by Joel Watson of Heartstoppers Haunted House (now a part of DireWorld).

Makes a momma/creator proud!

Makes me itch to start making a new monster for my next display in L.A....

Thursday, May 4, 2017

I'm a Creep

It's been so crazy with packing and getting ready to move, I haven't had any time to post. But I did get the hot tip on this amazing version of Radiohead's Creep.

Click the pic to listen, and prepare to be incredibly impressed!
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