Salsa music danced in the air of the new little Mexican restaurant off the freeway. Never mind that salsa music isn’t Mexican; the foray of papel picado hanging from the ceiling and little Mexican trinkets adorning the clay-colored walls almost compensated for the inauthenticity in sound. The Modela and Dos X neon bar lights didn’t … Continue reading English, please.
Learning about others’ experiences, thoughts, and quirks is something I don’t take for granted in this life. Truly. I love getting to know people, especially their strange or unique bodies of knowledge. For instance, one of my friends from my early twenties was in FFA in high school and her specialty was agrostology, the study … Continue reading Video killed the radio star.
This past December I received my first ever short story acceptance for a holiday horror anthology which will be published later this year. In the acceptance email from the editor—none other than the amazing Gabino Iglesias, author of the acclaimed Coyote Songs—he asked if I should be addressed as Shell, Shelly, or Vashelle. When I … Continue reading It’s Vashelle with a V.
Happy Hearts Day, guys and ghouls! How are you celebrating this day of love? Me? I’m curling up with a couple of books I purchased this week, including The Burning Girls by C.J. Tudor and All the Good Indians by Stephen Graham Jones. If that’s not exciting enough, I’m also anticipating the BEHIND HER EYES … Continue reading Happy V Day, Ghouls!
“Talent is insignificant. I know a lot of talented ruins. Beyond talent lie all the usual words: discipline, love, luck, but, most of all, endurance.” ― James Baldwin Last month my mom called to share something with me. She had found a box of various writings from when I was younger: a poem I wrote after … Continue reading Endurance is everything.