Monthly Archives: November 2011

new website at

Its official. I have gone ahead, made the phone call, and inactived

It isn’t really that big a deal. I was getting less than 100 unique hits a month, so its not like there were thousands of people breaking down my door to get to my content. Plus, I didn’t update it. Ever. It was one of those stagnant, unmoving wildebeast websites that live in the wild and foraged for themselves.

So, I went ahead and activated

I decided to do this for a couple of different reasons; I decided that “the dead girl” was just a vanity name, and that it no longer met my needs. Also, when contemplating a website from a business point of view, it just made more sense to name the damn thing after my own name.

Plus- and I NEVER, EVER thought I would say these words – WordPress is easier to use than all those other fancy, expensive websites out there. Those of you that had to suffer through my summer 2011 technology nervous breakdown when I tried to learn how to use WordPress will recall all of the curse words I used as I navigated the site. Oh well, live and learn.

So it shall be from now on. Trouble is, the old website is everywhere. It’s on postcards, business cards, social media sites, etc. Pardon me while I shut down for renovation. I’m going to need a Swiffer around here until all this dust settles…

Back to blogging

I have decided that it is time to actually get serious about getting serious. So I am going to make a real attempt to begin blogging, and doing it on a regular basis. Oh, and updating my events and activities. And keeping my recent publications up to date, like Mina’s Daughter: The Harker Chronicles which has been for sale since September but which I never put on my personal website.

Let’s face it. I’m doomed.

When I try to analyze my motives, I find that my primary reasons for wanting to personalize content in a central location is really just an exercise in organizational survival skills. Guerilla housekeeping, so to speak. I simply have too much stuff going on, and it is all over the place. I mean, if you look up the word “absent-minded professor” in the dictionary, my picture will be prominently displayed.

I try to be organized, I really do. All the piles of paper lying on my dining room table are a living testament to my deep desire to be alphabetized and meticulous. But there is some kind of missing link in my brain that prevents me from reaching a level of ease and automaticity. Frankly, I have no idea where to start.

So, I am going to make a huge executive decision and delete another website that I’ve had up and running for the past year in order to consolidate some of my content. The other site was just not meeting my needs – too expensive, and too complicated. So I am saying a fond farewell to – nice to know you. You were a big headache of a website. Don’t let the door hit you on the ass on the way out.

I have blogtours to schedule, requests for reviews to send out, columns to write, a blog hop to organize for January 2012, several press releases that aren’t going to write themselves, a London book launch for the Phobophobia Anthology, and research to complete for those grants that I have to write.

Don’t make fun of me. I can hear you snickering.

In the meantime, I’ll just sit here in front of my computer screen and try and figure out how to upload this post into WordPress. Maybe it will end it in the right location on my webpage. At least its a start.

About Me

I am S.L. Schmitz. I live in North Carolina in the United States with my husband,
son, and four cats.

It is very strange to write about myself. I was a teenager in Chicago during the 1980’s, and am heavily influenced by the punk, gothic and industrial musicscene from that time  period. My musical influences include Patti Smith, Nick Cave, Tom Waits, the Cure, Bauhaus, Skinny Puppy, Rites of Spring, and the Swans. I can still rock that Siouxsie Sioux black eye make up, if the right
event came around!

I respect and admire so many different authors, so I couldn’t possibly just list
a bunch of names. I think that would be insincere. Instead, let me just say that I can never get tired of reading Patti Smith or RayBradbury. I adore John Shirley, both the man and the myth. More recently, I have become deeply enamoured with the
Mythpunk genre, particularly the writings of TheodoraGoss and Amal El-Mohtar.

Last year, I couldn’t decide if I was insulted or not when someone told me that I
was an ‘enigma’. I may look quiet and unassuming, but I have the heart and soul
of an Aquarian Rebel. You know what they say – never judge a book by its cover.

Unless it is one of my books.

In that case, I hope you are able to see the images in each word which I have carefully
chosen, and that the unraveling embroidery of my story speaks volumes to you.

Don’t ever forget how to fly-

S.L. Schmitz

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