Preparing Your Child with Special Needs for School

This is an old blog post and Niko is now in high school, but it’s still relevant. As school time rolls around, there are always things we can do to help the transitions become easier. Happy school year!  I can’t tell you the tears, both his and mine, that have ensued because of new schools. This is my darling Niko. … Read More

Little Dead Red is on Her Way to Your House!

Let’s hope sweet Little Dead Red doesn’t get lost. Tragedy tends to befall her. I am THRILLED to tell you that my copies of the limited edition LDR and Other Stories finally made it into my hot little hands, and I couldn’t be more pleased. They’re beautiful books, nicely done, with gorgeous covers and gold foil. Each book is signed … Read More

Miss Murder’s Black Philip Eye.

So this strange eye thing happened a few months ago. And it has changed everything.  You might remember that I was nearly killed in July by a scorpion sting. Since then, I’ve had a few difficulties getting back on my feet. Nerve damage, twinges, mental fog, etc. It laid me pretty flat and it’s taken me quite a bit of … Read More

I’m Teaching A Class This Week!

If you’re going to be in Las Vegas, why not stop by? I’ll be teaching at the Las Vegas Writer’s Group, which is a fun meeting where we do trivia, network, and learn a little something-something along the way. I’ll be talking about writing and marketing for your own personal niche, and I hope it will prove useful. It’s a … Read More

"Loving You Darkly" is a Bram Stoker Award Nominee!

Oh, my friends. I can’t even tell you how it feels. I guess I’d say it feels like SHOCK, and being dumbfounded, and so grateful at the same time. My short story “Loving You Darkly” which was published at Tethered By Letters made it to the final ballot, so it’s officially a Bram Stoker Award-nominated story. Out of all of … Read More

2017’s More Realistic Holiday Newsletter

After reading a few glowing family newsletters, I am more inspired than ever to continue the tradition of the Yardley’s More Realistic Holiday Newsletter. If you ever wanted to see how we really live, this is the way to do it. And here we go! 2017 started with a bang and ended with a whimper. LUKE travels constantly for work, … Read More

Light the World: 25 Days of Service

The LDS church has started its 2017 #LightTheWorld campaign! The idea is to spread kindness and joy in the days leading up to Christmas. We’ll focus on adding light to the holidays. Each service can be as grand or as simple as you desire, and every little act counts. <3 It has been such a harsh year, but I know … Read More

Happy Miss Murder

I was asked to show a picture of myself where I was truly happy, and I chose this one. It was a Sunday. I wore a red dress to church, and I came home to be with my family, whom I love more than life. I have glittery walls in my bedroom and an original The Last Unicorn movie poster … Read More

My Favorite Picture of Me ‘n’ My Dad

I’d say I was maybe six or seven in this photo. We were at the elementary school with my little brother. He was riding his bicycle and I was rollerskating. This is just chock full of 1980s goodness. Also, I was a pretty feral kid and it shows. Love you, Dad!