Monday, September 25, 2017

Dark Reading for a Sunday Afternoon

Click on the pic to go to My Scary Bookshelf...
The Autumn Equinox has come and gone, and I know that the beginnings of the Hallowe'en tourists will be traveling through my blog, soon, if a few haven't shown up, already, so I'll keep the life reports to a minimum from here until after The Big Dance (a.k.a., Hallowe'en).

In between doctors' visits, attorney phone calls and divorce mediation calls, I managed to commit to having a little ray of happiness shine in my life; I wrote a new segment for Hauntcast: Post Mortem's next episode.

It's an original story, and I think it actually turned out well! It's the longest one I've done to date, but I don't think it's so long as to be boring to listeners (at least I hope not!).

Add in the intro from Dick Terhune, the Voice From Hell, and it's absolutely wicked! (Oh, man! I love that guy's voice!)

After I got done recording, mixing down and producing my segment (with the foul luck of airplanes, lawn mowers and carbon monoxide beeping to contend with), I got it sent off to Chris Baker, our G-Host, so he could get it dropped in to the rest of the show. 

Then it was time to take a break. Voicing this particular segment felt very intense and emotionally draining, if you can believe it (or maybe it was the emotional hangover from this week's mediation call, bringing up all kinds of pain), and I was exhausted afterwards. I forced myself to take some time for myself to unwind and decompress for a while. I took a long walk in the neighborhood, and when I got back, I poured a glass of wine and brought out a book to get me in the mood for the season: Dead Harvest.

It's a collection of creepy short stories, and I've had it hanging around awhile, but haven't made the time to get to it. Yesterday seemed a good day to pour a glass of wine and enjoy the warm Sunday afternoon on the back patio, and dive into this. And so far, I like it!

As some of you may know, I have a Pinterest board of stories, prop-making books and other Hallowe'en eye candy, which I'll feature again in one of my October posts.

I also wanted to remind you my ShellHawk's Creations shop is open, so you can pick up a Hallowe'en thing or two! I have a few more jack-o'-lanterns to put in there, but there are some really cool ones available now!

Ah, I absolutely love this time of year!

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

 I start development on a film based on a favorite book of youth: Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark! pic.twitter.com/yu31FkCz4K— Guillermo del Toro (@RealGDT) January 14, 2016
Film giant Guillermo del Toro has expressed interest in bringing Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark to life back in 2016.

My question? Where is it?!

This is a series which seems tailor made for del Toro's mind and creative talents, yet I've seen nothing but a tag from IMDB: "In Development."
This is maddening. And really, truly unacceptable. After all, there are a bunch of us waiting to see our childhood nightmares on screen! (Oh, the horror of The Red Spot!)

C'mon, Guillermo! Let's get this project rolling!

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Shop is Open!

It's the season, and ShellHawk's Creations Etsy store is open for business!
There are some spooky cool things up for grabs, including my specially-designed t-shirts (hat tip to artist Bob Lizarraga for teaming with me for the design), Hallowe'en themed Christmas ornaments and some other wonderful, Needful Things...
In addition to going through my divorce, I've recently discovered I need to go in for surgery this month, so I'm trying to raise some cash to help pay my medical expenses. Every little bit helps!

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Happy Final Long Build Weekend!

It's the hardcore build season for haunters, and if you click on the above pic, you'll have a playlist which might just keep you going and motivated to (maybe) be ready by The Big Dance.

Have a blast, my fiends!

Friday, August 18, 2017

Haunter Porn

73 days left, gang! What are you building?

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

We've Done it Before...

Still a great film, and wonderful Hallowe'en prop inspiration.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

A Fiesta Hallowe'en


One of my favorite ceramics places, Fiesta Ware has Hallowe'en dishes!
The ghosts are just too stinking cute! WANT!

Skull and Vine is so El Dia de Los Muertos!
I've always said a girl can't have enough Skeletons!
I guess I know what needs to go on my housewarming gift list when I finally get into my own space!

Click here for the full collection.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Porch Ghost

Via Halloween Sh#t on Tumblr. Artist unknown.

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 http://hauntcast.net/show-archives/charmed-pot-segments/.
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!

HAUNTCAST: POST MORTEM - "TRIGGER WARNING" - feat. WARREN MAXWELL OF 3RD DEGREE OF TERROR YARD HAUNT WITH MUSIC BY BARNYARD STOMPERS
HAUNTING GURU INTERVIEW:
Chris is convicted of 1st Degree Murder (murdering good taste that is) after conversing with the 3rd Degree of Terror's creator Warren Maxwell. 
THEATER OF THE MIND:
Revenant looks at haunting from a different perspective as he considers the use of optical illusions in hauntbuilding. 
BONE PHONE:
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".
GHOULIE GROOVES:
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!

Download the latest episode here.
Explore the site and all its treats here.

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

A.W.O.L.

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!

Friday, April 28, 2017

New Ornament

This year's Hallmark Horror ornament's release will include Ripley!

From the Bloody Disgusting article:
In celebration of today’s Alien Day, Hallmark just unveiled this year’s brand new ornament based on the franchise, which depicts the iconic image of Ripley inside the P-5000 Power Loader from the totally badass finale of James Cameron’s Aliens. The ornament, available on October 7th, is easily the coolest (and most detailed) pop culture ornament Hallmark has ever put out.
I know what's going on my tree this year...

Friday, April 7, 2017

Guest Potter at Oak Park Brewing Company!

Soooooooo... This here's a visit with a fellow potter and great young guy who has a fun vlog, "The Apprentice Potter," on YouTube.

We met up at Consumnes River College and struck up a nice friendship, which has continued even though the college system booted me out because I've taken all the classes I can. (Effing budget cuts!)

A couple of corrections for the video, though...

I'm an investor, not an owner.
The art featured is arranged by one of the folks at the Brewery, not by me, although I support it completely! (I wish I had come up with the idea, but I didn't...)

But, enjoy the video. And ignore how many times I lick my fingers, 'cause, DAYAM! That sauce was GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOD!

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

The End of an Era

I'm moving!

Soon. Don't have a date, yet, but it's happening.

Mr. ShellHawk and I are going our separate ways, and as a result, I need to see what I can do about lightening up on my shop inventory before I move on to greener pastures.

To that end, I reduced the price of my comfy t-shirts by $3.00, and if you enter coupon code NEST2017 at checkout before April 30th, you'll get an additional 10% off. You can also use it on anything in the shop with a minimum purchase of $16.99.

Also, it would be a financial help to me, which would be very much appreciated! :D

Please feel free to share this post or the coupon code on your favorite social media to boost the signal!

Thanks, kids!

Friday, March 24, 2017

Rainbows

Photographer unknown.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Or, as we called it down the pub, "Amateur Night."  ;)
Click on Kylemore Abbey for a wee Irish playlist... Click on "Play all."

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Little Upgrade = BIG Help!

Tools.

Potter's tools. Sculpting tools. Everywhere! All over the studio.

Always in the way of something else.

I've had the idea of getting them organized for a long time, but the actual doing it hadn't come to pass. Until now!

I had some pegboard hanging around since we moved into this house, ten years ago. The previous owners had left it, and I wasn't about to throw it away, so...

Yes, I can be a pack rat. Let's not go there, o.k.?
I had hubby replace the brackets I had there already with longer ones, and then we attached the pegboard. I have a ton of the doohickeys you use for pegboard, lurking around in a giant Ziploc baggie in one of the garage drawers (also from roughly ten years ago), so it was just a matter of digging through them and figuring out what layout was going to work out.
It gave me the opportunity to see which tools I had and how many, so I don't end up buying more of the ones I already have. I love that they're all in view, in easy reach, and organized!
I'm a bit bummed that I had to ditch my Trick 'R Treat movie poster. I've had it in the studio for a long time, and I need to find another place for it. I'm running out of wall space!

For those of you wondering, those lovely, hand-made wooden tools are from Burlchaser's Etsy shop. They're spectacular to work with and inspiring to look at!

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Light Reading

Been haunted by my demons recently, so that's why no posts for a little while. Back soon! :)

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Haunting Driftwood

Driftwood sculpture by Nagato Iwasaki.

Incredible use of found things, paired with an amazing eye for form and anatomy.

Find more here.
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