So You Say You Were A 1980’s Indie Kid?

Have I mentioned lately that you should purchase the novel “Wivenhoe Park”? Because you really should. Just look at all the reviews! You don’t need to take my word for it just because I did the cover and he’s my husband.

But, also, if you want to try a crack at winning on of three copies, the amazing music site Slicing Up Eyeballs is having a contest that ends on Friday!

Saturday, December 7th from 2 to 4pm is a book signing with Mr. Vendetta at my favorite place for books in Cleveland, Loganberry Books.


We’re plotting a book tour from Chapel Hill down through New Orleans in the spring. These won’t all be at bookstores necessarily, but at cool venues where a DJ and beers will be involved, so stay tuned (and if you would like to host a party or know a place that sounds perfect, fill me in!)

Sex, Drugs, and Cassette Tapes

My husband’s novel is out! So go buy it here.

Kindle edition is available on there, but since I did the artwork you probably want the real deal, don’t you? Have fun guessing which character is based on me, and I can give you a hint: I’m not the goth. Sure I’m a grown-up goth now, but in 1985 I was seven years old, so it hadn’t hit me yet.



If you’d like to try your chance at winning a copy, be on the look out over at the Giveaway, there are 10 copies available.

My Book Design for Ben Vendetta

Welp, the book cover I designed for my husband, Ben Vendetta, has been chosen. It takes place in 1985 and has a lot of music references throughout during that period. He wanted something that looked a bit post-punk, and I included some hints to Spacemen 3 and Essex University in the design…

Copy of WivCov3

It is being out through layout right now, but I will of course let everyone know when he does a mini book tour and it is available on Kindle, Amazon, and paperback. Thank Cooperative Press! Did I mention he has already started the sequel?

I feel quirky, oh-so quirky

The kind of gal I love to hate…


Well, this type I  just feel sorry for while irritated at the same time. It’s just so predictable! The granny hipster look. While it has been around for some time — there were tons in Orange County — I noticed this look increased with the release of Ghost World. Every town has at least 3, they can be found in their natural habitats such as a smelly thrift store, or rancid coffee shop before heading out to buy Betty Boop paraphernalia. Though “quirky” is what they aim for, this can move anywhere in-between the swing fad or mod revival.

I just really can’t stand people who try to act weird on purpose as means to try and be “original”. The kind of people that always feel the need to tell you exactly how weird they are and that they like weird things, because wow, that’s so strange and quirky huh? Yet while they are trying hard to be original and weird, there’s 800 other people that are a total carbon copy. I just don’t like people who are trying to be camp on purpose. Hey, we all have nutty stuff going on in our lives, but some of us don’t feel the need to broadcast it to the world as means to set a first impression. Just to be a jerk, I should say to people who first meet me, “Oh my god, you know what I love? Orgasms. Totally. Orgasms and Thai food. I know, its kind of weird and I’m probably one of the only people that likes that kind of stuff — but that’s me you know? I’m weird like that.”

Original style and supposed ecclectic taste can still come off as just another contrived uniform, kids.