TMS Therapy: The First Week [video]

We did brain mapping and then it was time for the first session. The magnets were next to my skull, but not actually touching it. They would click loudly (wear earplugs!) for four seconds, be silent for 11 seconds, and then click for another four seconds. Rinse and repeat for about 20 minutes. Even though nothing was touching my skull, … Read More

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

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.

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

Come See Me At Robercon!

I hate this pandemic, but I love how many conferences are being held virtually! This weekend is Robercon, a science fiction convention. I’m delighted to be on their The Hows and Whys of Horror: Authors Give Their Scariest Opinions panel. I’ll be talking shop with C.W. Briar, Kevin Lucia, and Joe Sullivan.  It will be on Saturday, Sep 26,at 2 pm … Read More

The ANWA Conference! In My Car!

So the Internet went out in parts of Las Vegas for about 30 hours, which was difficult enough (kids kicked out of school, people kicked out of work, gamers kicked out of Final Fantasy 15), but I was on tap to teach at the American Night Writer’s Association virtual conference. I hopped into the car and drove across town to … Read More