Miss Murder’s Easy DIY: Glitter Your Walls

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Shiny glittery sparkles!

It’s been work work work all of the time lately, and not nearly enough whimsy. Time to change all of that! Hey, Angry Ginger, what are you doing on Monday? Glittering my bedroom wall with me? Awesome!

I’ve been hearing wonderful things about a glitter paint from Martha Stewart, but I was attracted to the DIY aspect of white glue and store-bought glitter. There was something about it that just screamed, “Simple!” and “Amateur!” and “I’m waaaaay more fun!” So that’s what we did.

The recipe is one cup of glitter per gallon of glue. But who really follows a recipe? We poured an entire container of glitter in half a gallon of glue. We want this baby to shine!

Plus, my two-year-old was laughing so hard at the falling glitter that it was difficult to stop.

Stir the glue and glitter very well. Otherwise the glitter will sink to the bottom and won’t distribute easily.

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Next, put your hair in braids, don an ironic tee, and spread everything out in your paint pan. Use a roller to apply the glue. Try to use something more stable than my Step Ladder of Death. Also, the tutorials I read said to avoid going over the same area several times. So this was really a quick, easy, and dirty job. Just how I like it.

ImageFinish up your wall. There will be that heart-stopping “Oh my goodness, what have I done?!” moment that will hit you when you see everything, but the glue will dry clear, for the most part. I also doubt most of you have dark navy walls like we do.

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In our case, with the extra white glitter and dark walls, there was some white here and there. Not from the glue, but the glitter. I love the effect, though, because it looks like a cosmos. I think it’s beautiful! And it catches the light best in the morning, when I’m groggy and need a little bit of magic.

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If you choose to do your walls, please let me know! I’d love to see pictures.

Also, don’t forget to enter the Goodreads contest to win your own copy of my debut novel Nameless: The Darkness Comes. There will be two winners!

Have a wonderful, whimsical day, everyone.

Read A NAMELESS Sample Chapter! And Win A Copy of the Book!

Nameless is slated to come out next week. I’m all giddy. I’m heading out on a Nameless: The Darkness Comes blog tour, and I can’t wait for it! Meanwhile, life goes on. My Angry Ginger and I glittered my bedroom wall on Monday. (Pics to come.) We’re still reading every night with our six year old. Last night I made white chocolate chip Crack Cookies. It’s been a real joy.

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Anyway! The first stop on the blog tour is at Todd Keisling’s “Life in Monochrome” blog. Thanks for hosting me, Todd! Sorry I threw you under the bus so many times two interviews ago. 😛

We’re starting the tour out with a bang. Not only can you read a sample chapter of Nameless, but you can enter to win your very own copy of the book. All you need to do is leave a comment on Todd’s blog. That’s it!  You can check all of that out here.

Best of luck to you, my friends! Let’s begin this wild ride. I’m so grateful you’re doing it with me.

Love,

-M

 

My 700th Post! Jack the Ripper and a Giveaway!

700 posts? Can it be true? That’s humbling, honestly. And it makes me happy. But even better? I have a contest where you can win a copy of a VERY COOL anthology that I’m delighted to participate in! It’s titled TALES OF JACK THE RIPPER and I can’t wait to read it myself! Do you see those fantastic names? Do you see my name on the cover with them? I died a little, yes I did.

JACK THE RIPPER

1888: One hundred and twenty-five years ago, a killer stalked the streets of London’s Whitechapel district, brutally–some would say ritualistically–murdering five women (that we know of): Mary Ann Nichols, Annie Chapman, Elizabeth Stride, Catherine Eddowes, and Mary Jane Kelly.

The story of Jack the Ripper captured lurid headlines and the public’s imagination, and the first fictionalization of the Ripper killings, John Francis Brewer’s The Curse Upon Mitre Square appeared in October of 1888, mere weeks after the discovery of Jack’s first victim. Since then, hundreds of stories have been written about Bloody Jack, his victims, and his legacy. Authors ranging from Marie Belloc Lowndes to Robert Bloch to Harlan Ellison to Roger Zelazny to Alan Moore have added their own tales to the Ripper myth. Now, as we arrive at the quasquicentennial of the murders, we bring you a few tales more.

You can read more about it, including the full TOC, here.

My tale is called “A Pretty for Polly” and I attempted to explore the gentler side of Jack the Ripper. Let’s see how it goes, shall we?

To enter, simply leave a comment on this post. The contest will run for one week, ending on Friday, August 9. Multiple posts will be deleted so everybody has one entry, and I’ll use Random.org to choose a winner. You’ll have a choice of a print copy, or if you’d prefer an e-copy, I can certainly get you that, as well. Enjoy! Have fun! Spend some time with Saucy Jacky as seen through the eyes of some of today’s dark writers. And if you don’t win, you can always pick it up here:

Amazon.com (TP)
Amazon.com (Kindle)
Barnes and Noble
Powell’s Books
IndieBound
Book Depository

Free Shock Totem on Kindle. Every Day This Week.

Tired of happy, fluffy bunnies and darling little baby chicks? How about some horror? If you haven’t had a chance to read Shock Totem, or even if you have, this week is the perfect time to pick up the mag for free on your Kindle!


Click the links below to download!Monday/Tuesday: Shock Totem 1: Curious Tales of the Macabre and Twisted
Tuesday/Wednesday: Shock Totem 2: Curious Tales of the Macabre and Twisted
Wednesday/Thursday: Shock Totem 3: Curious Tales of the Macabre and Twisted
Thursday/Friday: Shock Totem 4: Curious Tales of the Macabre and Twisted
Friday/Saturday: Shock Totem 5: Curious Tales of the Macabre and Twisted

Last time we ran this promo, we had over 10,000 downloads. We would LOVE to hit that number again! If you have a chance to download it, please do. And would you terribly mind passing this on? Read us, read us, read us! 😉

Thanks so much, my darling ones. I appreciate it.

Also, I’m taking a Facebook hiatus for the month of April (I know! Crazy talk!) but I will still maintain the blog. Hopefully this will help me update the blog even more! So. Yay. THE BLOG!

Have a lovely day! And download us! Give Shock Totem as gifts to your granny! Dear old Grannies love ST.  😉

Oh, and the print edition of Issue #6 is now for sale. GORGEOUS. Absolutely. And for some reason, it’s selling for two dollars cheaper than normal. Grab it while you can!

And as always, you can pick up Beautiful Sorrows, too, which is also on sale for four dollars off! Woo hoo!