Beautiful Sorrows is FREE This Week Only!

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In celebration of Women in Horror Month, my publishers at Shock Totem have decided to give away my short story collection for FREE this week only. It will be free from Monday, February 23 until Friday, February 27.

Beautiful Sorrows 14 (Final)

There is a place where sorrows pile up like snow and rest in your hair like cherry blossoms. Boys have wings, monsters fall in love, women fade into nothingness, and the bones of small children snap like twigs. Darkness will surely devour you–but it will be exquisitely lovely while doing so.

Mercedes M. Yardley’s Beautiful Sorrows is an ephemeral collection encompassing twenty-seven short tales full of devastation, death, longing, and the shining ribbon of hope that binds them all together.

Beautiful Sorrows… delicate prose with devastating impact. Mercedes Yardley is a female Joe Hill, and I fear her ‘Broken’ will haunt me to my grave.” —F. Paul Wilson

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Growing Art

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Today, I was reminded of the work of Jason deCaires Taylor, which I find deeply touching. He makes sculptures – really quite beautiful, technically accomplished and thought-provoking – which he then plunges into the sea and plants with living coral. He allows the work to grow and photographs it. The results are quite haunting.

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Jason deCaires Taylor (born 12 August 1974) is an English sculptor specialising in the creation of contemporary underwater sculptures which over time develop into artificial coral reefs. Taylor integrates his skills as a conservationist, underwater photographer and scuba diving instructor to produce unique installations that encourage the habitation and growth of corals and marine life. His early work includes Vicissitudes, Grace Reef, The Lost Correspondent and The Unstill Life. All are located in the world´s first public underwater sculpture park in Molinere Bay, Grenada, West Indies, commissioned in 2006. More recently his most ambitious project to…

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Dear Bee …

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All of a sudden it went from hot to cold and you were caught out in the rain, needing heat to fly, weighed down by water. Lucky there was a flower to land on and wait out the weather.

When I saw you the rain had been falling for a day and you looked on the verge of drowning but I’m sure your kind are no strangers to such events, or the hunger that drives.

Regardless, I arranged some background to shoot against and after a while the flower you gripped so tight fell from the stem to the earth, naturally worn out, dead.

So I picked you up, still gripping the dead flower, and brought you to where we could both relax and recover. It was easier for me to shoot from a stool and you dried out, good all round.

After a while you started to move and…

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Conscience and Conflict: Pallant House explores British Artists and the Spanish Civil War

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As the year draws to a close, it is only natural to look back on the highs and lows, and to review everything a little. When it comes to exhibitions, I wouldn’t say that 2014 was necessarily the strongest of years in the UK. I was left a little disappointed by a number of exhibitions I attended, especially at the Royal Academy and Tate Britain. However that is not to say that there were not a number of sure hits. My top 5 exhibitions of the year (in no particular order) have to include the Matisse Cut-outs at Tate Modern, Malevich at Tate Modern, Egon Schiele at the Courtauld, and Rembrandt at the National Gallery. But for the final of the 5, one further exhibition has managed to squeeze into my year’s hit-list, just before 2014 expired: Conscience and Conflict: British Artists and the Spanish Civil War at the Pallant…

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Here’s A More Realistic Holiday Newsletter

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My friend was telling me about a bragging Christmas newsletter that she finally had to throw in the trash. It’s fun to read what friends and family are up to, but some of these newsletters are crafted so carefully that it sounds like this family is the next to Mary and Joseph in perfection.

“Larry is king of the company this year! He was promoted twice and soon we expect his sovereign rule. Not only is Anna the perfect mother and housewife, but she runs her own business and managed to put together these beautiful Christmas cards by hand. Huey, Dewy, and Louie are all altar boys, volunteer with the homeless, AND play the french horn. Merry Christmas!”

So we made up some of our own, more realistic, holiday newsletters and swapped them. It was so much fun, and we laughed so hard!

Here’s mine.

“Luke is still with the…

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Bee-haviour

Nature's Place

Sealing the entrance - When all else is done. Sealing the entrance – When all else is done.

A little pollen might help - Sure won't harm. A little pollen might help – Sure won’t harm.

Feasting Bee - Unseen injury. Feasting Bee – Unseen injury.

Wasp - Robbing the life of a bee - What they do. Wasp – Robbing the life of a bee – What they do.

Young one - The healthy often turn to see whence they come - Reflection? Young one – The healthy often turn to see whence they come – Reflection?

A case of mistaken identity? She seemed to think so. A case of mistaken identity? She seemed to think so.

Alone at last. Alone at last.

When all else is done, sleep and die at home on a leaf. When all else is done, sleep and die at home on a leaf.

Let go, let go ... I saw it first. Let go, let go … I saw it first.

Under the veranda at front of the house is where I keep some tools and do much of my preparations for the garden. It’s also where I hang the few bee hotels, wooden posts about 8″ diameter x a few feet long drilled to accommodate any creature so inclined to nest – not just bees. So I am around the comings and goings of the dominant…

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