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Hey Girl | Buttercup of Doom ep 28

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It’s still Women in Horror month, and I’m still not going to follow protocol and list chicks for you to pay attention to, read/watch, stalk, etc. Nope. Instead, I’m going to talk to a woman behind the horror. The wife of a horror writer… But first: I’ll give you a touch of 101 advice passed to us using the form (see below), read an entry from a hijacked blog, and let you wonder what this picture has to do with all this… janzThen we’ll have some fun with Monica, wife of up-and-coming horror writer Jonathan Janz and talk about dirty secrets, convention habits, and that adult movie you didn’t know about, aka how to pronounce “horror”…  (note: we laughed talked for over 2 hours, I edited the shiznit out of it to get it down to an hour—forgive any abrupt subject changes)

Sponsors: Project iRadio’s Patron Page | Kelli’s Patreon Page | Project iRadio People’s Choice Awards (go vote for me!) | Linda Addison’s “How to Recognize a Demon Has Become Your Friend

Suggestions/Requests Jonathan Janz (to suggest/request, use the form here)

Mentions/Shoutouts and Linky-Links: Stikbot (warning, mute!) | Scares That Care | HorrorHound | Janz FB Hey Girl | New hijacked Janz Blog post, complete with recipe using the detailed portions my family is known for… aka “this much”

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This Week’s Rating: PG13 (language) buttercup ratings system info here

Necon 30

necon30We leave tomorrow morning for what has become one of my favorite weeks of the year. If you’re going, I’ll see you in the quad. If you’re not, you should really unfuck that next year. This year, they’ve decided to put me on the following panel… come, play, heckle, bring water balloons!

2:00 pm The Great Small Press Debate —The benefits, drawbacks, and etiquette of the small press. Two teams will decide: Is the small press beneficial to the horror community, or is it more trouble than it is worth?
1.) Linda Addison, Elizabeth Blue, Kelli Dunlap, Gary Frank, Amy Grech, Nanci Kalanta.
2.) Dan Keohane, Lisa Manetti, Monica O’Rourke, Morven Westfield

I’m not sure how the teams were designed, and whether or not I’m on the for or against team, but hey, surprise last minute panel info makes for an interesting discussion!

Full schedule here…

Necon 29… aka Defcon

Ahhh Camp Necon. A gathering of friends, colleagues and drama in one tiny little state. I could tell you about the magical adventure box from hell and how it tortured us on the road trip—but I won’t. I could tell you about the road trip itself, but you really had to be there for it—SEEKONK! I could share Necon secrets and discuss rocks and bushes and spearing pumpkins, but I’m a kinder, gentler girl now and wouldn’t want to embarrass those involved. I could do an old wench-style con report, but alas, those died when I sold the site. Instead I give you the reasons that Necon is one of the best cons you’ll ever attend.

The Breakfast Club

The Breakfast Club: the bandleader, hippie, wench, jersey, just joe, princess, and the canadian… and all those missing [though talked of, loved and abused in their absence].

Friends. A comfort zone that will never be matched by a cluster-con of fans and business, of hundreds of people, of dual programming tracks. Where friends can just hang, visit, giggle and take incriminating pictures of each other. Where the notebook still lives strong and includes such gems as:

Bitter Box
Electric Boogaloo
“I can’t even 69… it’s too confusing!”
Bobbies up, smile & song
That’s no groundhog, it’s a Yeti!
“I was just keigaling”
Cleavage yodeling
It’s my publisher, not my daddy
BoopBOOP!
Free magic show
Hate puppet

Like CHEERS, everyone knows your name… and that can be a bad thing. Because only friends abuse friends like Necon allows, aka The Roast. This year’s roastees were Weston and Yvonne. We heard from them, their elders, their colleagues and yes, a few of their underlings, including me. I was going to dig my claws into the audience, attacking Tom & Paul [for being wonderful], Kelly & Dan [for making us all hold our breath all weekend], Nanci [for those damn countdowns & lolcats], Keene [for not being there], etc. but decided to keep it short and to the point, and hit the nerve I’m known for hitting [with a few jabs for good measure]. For those that missed it, here’s my roast.

Yvonne… I love you [hug], no worries. The only thing I can say mean about you is that you choose to live with him

Weston… darling…

As Weston and many of you know, I used to be HorrorWench. I used to be feared.  And of all the authors in all the gin joints in all the world, only one ever whined, argued and cried about a review… [drum fingers and stare at Weston]. I don’t know why… afterall… Vampire Outlaw of the Milky Way is the only book to ever be yanked from Shockline’s “Guaranteed Good Read” list… even Matt, who will defend Pacione, Bile Dragon… PHILBIN… couldn’t stomach it. Why? Let’s review…It was a space opera… with vampires.  Filled with characters that even Captain Kirk wouldn’t bang. Dallas however…

Specifically, what killed this book? Well…  Spelled out sound effects, as in, “the air left her in a whoosh”. And the hatch sssked open… yeah, that’s spelled S-S-K-E-D. Had enough? Me too… which is why I ended the review by letting everyone know that the 6-piece mcnugget was now on the dollar menu… and then I blocked your emails.

Love you…

Between that, the Breakfast Club [and other images], and just a hint of the full notebook… you need nothing more—except your registration papers for next year. Necon 30… an anniversary… complete with brits… back on the campus… promises to be better than ever!

You’re Fired!

What a week! First fired, then Necon. Let’s cover the firing and by the time I get to the con report, maybe, just maybe, my pictures will be done & uploaded. And yeeeesss… I’m making this a coffee talk. After all, it is Thursday!

Have you ever been fired and realized later, or known immediately, that it was a good thing? That it was better that way? Why? How? Tell me a story!

Being fired isn’t always a bad thing. Though this one hurt… It hurt deep down inside my shriveled black heart. It still hurts, even though I get it. Even though I understand the why, and if I’m honest with myself, agree with the decision. You see, my favorite author to beat up with a orange pen fired me as a pre-reader. Oh no, not because I did anything wrong. Nope. Because I “need to start concentrating more on my stuff rather than his stuff”. *pout* Fine… If I must… I understand. But still, I enjoyed it. I’ve been doing it for years, and continued to learn from it. I’m not bitter… just sad. But I don’t have time for that apparently. It’s time to pull up my big girl pants and start cracking my own whip. I won’t lie, I know what this means and it scares me a little… but then again, after the last few years of life-altering changes, even when I’m scared I act. Time to swallow the fear and make him proud!

To Do List:
Make full list of stories, novels and novellas.
Prioritize them.
Finish or edit as needed. send them out to the big bad scary world.
Take my place at the big kids’ table. *gulp*

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