Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Therapy: Brain Mapping

Brain mapping. Frankly, I didn’t know exactly what to expect and the sound of it was terrifying. In reality, it was no big deal. TMS targets the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex, which is the area of the brain that is most known for executive functions like working memory, decision making, and motor planning. It’s also connected to other parts of the brain that … Read More

Miss Murder Starts TMS Therapy: An Introduction

TMS stands for Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, and it’s a technique used for medication-resistant depression. Hello. I’m Mercedes and I have clinical depression. I’m a wife, a mother, a writer, and a friend. I love pets and I dance in the rain and I struggle with suicidal ideation nearly every single day of my life. It’s a bit of a juxtaposition. … Read More

A Stampede of Happiness: Williams Syndrome

A friend turned me on to Jon Kent’s A Stampede of Happiness, which is a 43 minute long documentary about Williams Syndrome. It’s showing on Amazon Prime. It was quite fun to watch, and I realized I was grinning through most of it. I’m familiar with quite a few of the people shown in the documentary, and it’s a good … Read More

Surviving Tomorrow: A Charity Anthology to Fight Covid-19

It’s out! It’s available. It’s more important than ever. I’m so delighted to donate a personal essay to the Surviving Tomorrow anthology. All profits go to send Covid-19 testing kits directly to the front lines. You can purchase this anthology on Amazon or from the Surviving Tomorrow website.  There is no wrong way to help. <3 Surviving Tomorrow is a charity anthology of … Read More

Christmas in the Time of Covid

It hasn’t been easy, has it, my darlings? It’s been…exhausting. But I do want to share the drive-through party that our church had. It wasn’t the annual traditional party with dinner, a program, and a visit by a certain Jolly Old Elf, but it was still sweet and touched my soul. Different organizations set up in the parking lot. I’m … Read More

2020 = Z0Z0

I made a meme. It’s a PSA. Obviously we’ve been mistaking the Z’s in ZOZO for 2’s. It isn’t 2020 at all. Simple error.

Holiday Gifts for Children with Special Needs

It’s that time of year again, and so I’ll share what I believe to be one of my most helpful posts. Happy Holidays! This is a toughie. It can be downright hard, because there are so many emotions tied up with the holidays. We have expectations. Holidas are supposed to be a time where we express our love and gifts are … Read More

Miss Murder’s Easy, Low-Energy Pie Crust

If anyone needs to make a last minute pie crust and doesn’t know how, I’ve got you. This is an easy and LOW ENERGY pie crust. Four ingredients and it’s ready to go in ten minutes.    1 and 3/4 cup flour 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 cup vegetable oil 2 tablespoons water   Combine flour and salt, then add oil … Read More

My Panels at World Fantasy Con!

I’m delighted to not only be attending the virtual 2020 World Fantasy Convention, but I’m participating on two panels. The first panel will be Creating Monsters. I’ll be moderating this panel (yay!) and we’ll discuss the most fascinating monsters in today’s fantasy as well as how to keep monsters contemporary. That panel will go live on Saturday, October 30 at … Read More