Stay Up to Date on My VHS Column for Geek Juice!

Very happy to announce that I now have extra time to submit more and more material for Geek Juice and I am getting a little fancier with promotional art.

First up, my most recent article Art House Experiment: The Beauty in Violent Subjects

The Geek Juice staff is known for their outstanding and highly offensive videos. There's a clip of me included in the dissection of DEMONS coming to the site soon and YES I am standing in front of my VHS collection in the video.

Here's a reminder of what you may have been missing from my VHS column since May 2014....

Thanks for all the support over the years lovies and see you at Texas Frightmare Weekend in just a few weeks!

Nominated For a Rondo Hatton Award

It's the 13th year for The Rondo Hatton Awards. In a way, you could say these our own Oscars. This year, my VHS column for Geek Juice "250 Lines of Resolution" has been nominated for Best Online Column of 2014. It's nice to see I have readers and peers who think I am worthy enough for a nomination when the basis for my column is simply my love for nostalgia and keeping VHS alive. For years I have been writing about my love for VHS but it didn't start to take notice until 2 years ago. Even if I do not win, I am content with being nominated along with other writers whom I admire. So many great names on that list. Congratulations and good luck to all the nominees. If you would like to vote, click on this link here for instructions. You do not have to fill out every nominee. There were actually categories I couldn't vote on because I am not up to date on that field but please try to vote for as many categories as possible. Simply put an X next to your selection or highlight the field. You must email you submission to the email provided on the page and it's very important that you INCLUDE YOUR FIRST AND LAST NAME. They're aware of spamming. Your information will not be made public.

It's February!

Staying busy as usual. I've had to excuse myself from a few projects, Lagniappe Film and Music Festival being one of them. Unfortunately, I just do not have as much time nor energy to do all the things I love BUT if you are interested in your film being submitted into the festival, email me and I will show you the way. This is what I have been up to lately besides getting biopsy after biopsy (my poor vagina) and chasing around the cutest toddler in the world, with a hectic work schedule behind the bar.

1. It's officially Women in Horror Month! I have some enlightening articles coming your way through my column for Geek Juice. I will also be making a few appearances on podcasts. As for my own, I have to step away from having my own podcast. There's too much work and energy that goes into these things. I'm perfectly happy with co-hosting or being a guest on your podcast, depending on the subject matter and scheduling.

2. Malevolent Magazine has a lovely spread of me wearing that fan favorite VHS corset/dress. There's an interview attached. Thanks again for featuring me!

3. Still making room for all my VHS!

4. Cat5 Magazine featured me as the bartender, yet again. The article is accessible on the web.

5. Struggling interminably to isolate my personal life from my public persona. It bothers me that my family members feel the need to stalk my online presence because I do not take the time to open up about my extracurricular activities and why should I? I don't do what I do so that I could be told that I am rebellious. I love horror movies. I am obsessed with nostalgia. I think the female form is beautiful. I shouldn't have to keep feeling like I have to explain myself when my religious family tells me that "Bartending in a seedy strip club is unGodly." It bothers me that I still have a hard time opening up about my feelings. Though, it seems so easy for me to write it out. I keep myself pretty secluded and remain a hermit the majority of the time and I like it that way. For my birthday, I had such an amazing time and it was a great escape. I love to socialize but the amount of time I enjoy public outings has become minimal. Maybe it's due to the fact that I have been bartending for so long, I'd rather enjoy a sunset with good food, great company, or a movie. I don't like going to bars and it's rare that I actually have a weekend off so why would I want to spend it at a night club? My hormones have also effected me more than I care to share. I feel like Stan Marsh in the South Park episode where everything is shit. Maybe I really have become a cynical ass hole. Everything and everyone around me is annoying. I find myself caring less and less about the colorful characters that I serve. On my good days, I love what I do. I'm also 29 so my thoughts and life choices are all over the place. One thing is for sure, I have amazing friends and an amazing man-friend.

Last but not least, this after work photo of us cleaning the bar is the perfect example of how I feel about my job.

Update; had another photoshoot recently. Hair/MUA Frenchesca Coleman. Photography James D.

New York and Stuff

When November rolls around I like to list everything I am thankful for over the span of 10 months. I already made a few 'thankful' posts earlier and I am too busy to cover everything that has happened so if I leave any events or friends out, my bad dudes. On to the list of things I have been involved with, thankful for, etc etc etc....

The rough draft for the Hanukkillah script has been finished. More updates on that soon. Work keeps me pretty busy and this move into the new house has been draining. BUT I still find time to let photographers take pretty pictures of me. Some of these are behind the scenes and some are finishing touches by Darryl James.

This back drop is REAL! Downtown PA

We found a bar in the old hotel & I'm a bartender so ya...

I went to New York for Comicon, Judas Priest, and a few other events. Got to spend time with my bestie Torrani, Ted, and the lovely wife Bev. Also, got to spend more time with the Soskas. I planned on writing about my entire experience but I had serious jet lag and now much of the excitement has faded. I am getting old.

Journalists, I highly recommend getting the 4-Day Pro pass

Like I said before, work keeps me busy and around this time of the year I get a lot of requests to be a guest on local radio shows or to be interviewed in magazines to discuss Halloween-themed cocktails. The Beaumont Enterprise wrote two different articles that featured me this year where I talked about proper bar etiquette in one and the other article focused on "The Booziest Spots in Beaumont." The club Temptations, where I currently bartend, made it to #11. The old pub also made it to the list with the photo they took of me for the magazine Cat5 last Halloween. FNTX had me on their show a few months ago where I was asked to bring in a couple of my favorite dancers from the club and we discussed "The Real Ladies of the Night." They asked me to come back on the show where I made some Halloween-themed cocktails while we were live on the air. One of these is MY OWN RECIPE that's Underworld inspired, "The Corvinus Gene."

I love my co-workers. We are all so handsome. I still have to brag about how awesome my job is.

I was a Ghostbuster for Halloween

I still have my VHS column for Geek Juice and I love my boys! We have created a new theme show, Sex Ed With Geek Juice. The first show had several listeners on the GJ website. We did a short addition with The Cinema Snob's Brad Jones joining us.

Looking back at how awesome this year has been, it makes me realize just how privileged I am and all the cool shit I get to do. I get to interview and hang out with filmmakers and artists that I looked up to when I was a kid and continue to look up to. I have more than one amazing job. I have amazing friends. Amazing co-workers. An amazing boyfriend and above all things, AMAZING CHILDREN! I still cannot believe I actually made it to TV as well. Now that I think about it, it's no wonder I get attacked online by strange females that I never heard of. Jealousy makes people do crazy things and I forgive you all. Stay tuned for more updates AND I will see you all in Austin, November 16th for the VHS swap meet! Glad I got these built in shelves for my clams.

How NOT to Run a Convention: Learn From the Epic Con Disaster

Before I start I feel I must clarify the reasoning behind my interest with Epic Con since it's nowhere near Texas and I was not involved with the con in anyway. I'm not here to point at laugh at the promoter's failures. The reason why I am wasting 20 minutes typing my reaction up on my personal blog is simple. Not only am I disgusted by the promoter's behavior online, I feel I should point out how NOT to run your convention and I would like to stick up for my supporters who were mistreated by the con. I am not a convention 'expert' by any means but I have been attending cons for years, appeared as a guest at cons, hosted cons, and I have actually put together conventions in the past. It is a very stressful experience. This is why you need a team. Epic Con didn't seem to have a team or much of a staff for that matter.

So here's a list I compiled of things NOT to do when you are running a convention:

1. Do not breach over 30 contracts then turn around and claim the guests 'canceled' for reasons other than your deceitfulness. You are obligated to pay for their air fare and hotel rooms. This is the most important thing on the list.

2. Marketing and presentation are also very important. The organizers failed to promote properly.

3. Do NOT promise elegant dining then give the VIP's cold cuts in a setting that looks nothing like what was promised.

4. Do not take donations from the vendors to pay for the guest's' VIP cold cuts. The vendors are already broke from wasting all their money on the hotel rooms, plane tickets, and small vendor space you have provided. This is completely unprofessional.

5. Do not complain on Facebook that your daughter had to spend $1, 000 on the sandwiches and cry about how the people are unappreciative. I'm sorry your daughter is out $1, 000 (If that is even true) but what about all the money that the guests and vendors lost from your shitty convention? You do not seem to care about them.

6. It's imperative that you not only make a sincere and mature public response but you also need to contact these individuals directly by phone or email. Instead, these people were denied answers to their questions and the public received an immature rant filled with lies and blame had been placed on everyone else. YOU are responsible. To place blame on others for your failure is insulting.

7. Do not respond "Hmmmm" and "LOLOLOL" to the questions. It makes you look like an illiterate buffoon. For the love of God, come up with a better response and do not add 'per say' to the end of your sentences. When people threaten you with a lawsuit you do not respond with, "LOL, okay hmmmmm." Mark Patton just did an interview for a local news station where he expressed that he is in fact taking them to court. Who is laughing now?

8. When people ask where the money from all the ticket sales went, answer them. That money had to go somewhere. If it couldn't pay for sandwiches then God only knows….

9. The organizers claimed that the proceeds were being donated to a foundation. Curious individuals were not convinced so they called the foundation and they claimed they had no idea the convention was using their name. This is a heartless act and you should be ashamed.

10. The amazing Tom Sullivan asked the organizer's husband who goes by the name 'Kev Diabolique'  why they didn't pay for the guest's air fare. Kev never responded to Tom. He proceeded to argue and name call with another individual. I guess he was embarrassed.

11. Attendees, vendors, guests, and people who had helped out with the convention came forward to complain that Sheri Yarbrough was insulting and low class. Always remain respectful and courteous no matter how stressed you may be. Take a look at Loyd Cryer, that is one cool mother fucker and he has to deal with a lot of bullshit when putting Texas Frightmare Weekend together. This man always goes out of his way to make sure everyone is pleased and has what they need. He also manages to put together a great staff. Epic Con didn't have any staff members with t-shirts or security guards, which was promised.

12. When 'Kev' was making an ass of himself on the Facebook page, a woman kindly asked him to respond to her email where she requested a refund for her booth and the man wouldn't even respond to her comment or her emails. I don't even need to explain to you how wrong this is.

13. Do not pretend to be a fan of the convention and post a positive review on the con's Facebook page when you are one of the promoters. Low class. You totally got busted there Kev.

14. The vendors shouldn't have to set up their tables.

15. It's unfair to delete the comments on the promotional page where some of the celebrity guests rightfully expressed their concerns and the treatment they received. Even Barbie Wilde's comments were deleted. Allow the public to say their peace.

16. If your health is declining, you can always reschedule the event and apologize.

17. Learn the difference between libel and slander.

18. Do not use your 'health' problems as an excuse for your failures. People make mistakes but illness or no, it's never okay to promise things you cannot deliver without any warning or apology.

19. Ignoring the problem will not make it go away. It makes you an ass hole and no one will work with you again.

20. If you are unable to financially handle a convention, it's not appropriate to buy autographs.

21. Oh my God, you cannot just ask people why they are white.