Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Sephera Giron at Fan Expo with Mark Hamill and Many Others!


Sephera Giron brings you this week's Tarotscopes.

Meet Sephera Giron aka Mistress Ariana at Fan Expo in Toronto from September 1 - 5.


BOOTH 5425 in the NORTH BUILDING in the HORROR Section!


I will have a booth where I'm reading Tarot. I will be giving three lectures and am on a couple of panels.

Thursday
Reading Tarot in Horror Section

Friday
The History of Carnivals and Freakshows 11:45 Room 705
Tea Leaves and Tarot Cards   1:45  Room 705
The History of Witches  3:45 Room 705

Saturday
Reading tarot in Horror Section

Sunday
Horror Writers Association presents Horror in These Modern Times
11:45 Room 705
Monsters Eternal with Nancy Kilpatrick, Kelley Armstrong, Sephera Giron  1:15 Room 703

http://fanexpocanada.com/horror-attractions/

http://sepheragiron.ca

I am freaking out about seeing Mark Hamill speak on the Friday afternoon at five. I bought a ticket to go and see him and I hope they let me in since I'll be running from my own presentation. I won't even have a chance to line up for a good seat! However, it will be so cool so to see one of my teen crushes in the flesh at last! I saw Star Wars the day it came out and proceeded to see it 28 times that year. Star Wars definitely influenced my life and Luke Skywalker played by Mark Hamill was my favourite character.

Sephera Giron is author of Witch Upon a Star series from Riverdale Avenue Books.


Lizzie Borden House 2016

Follow me on Patreon to see ALL of the evidence!
There was a lot of activity at the Lizzie Borden house this time around. You can see in this picture of  Kylo Ren with the K2 meter that the meter went up to five. That was a constant and you can see the video footage over at Patreon. I have a lot of evidence up behind the wall at Patreon. If you like ghost hunting evidence, you'll like some of my clips.

Here are some of the members of HWA you'll meet at Fan Expo with the exception of Monica S. Kuebler who won't be there this year.

I won't be at the Horror Writers Association booth at Fan Expo as I will have my own booth in the Horror Section.


Sunday, June 12, 2016

Witch Upon a Star Series



My Witch Upon a Star series is now out and I'm writing the next books. This little video explains a bit about the series and the first three books that have been published.

Each book is a stand alone story so you can jump in any time!

Witch Upon a Star is published by Riverdale Avenue Books.

Pisces: Teacher's Pet

Capricorn: Cursed

Aquarius: Haunted Heart


Niagara Falls Comicon Aftermath




Yes, I got a lot of work done for the Horror Writers Association but I also had fun posing with Kylo Ren and Matt the Radar Technician. 

Separately of course!

shhhh




Niagara Falls Comicon was a great time. I'll add more pictures later so keep checking back!




Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Niagara Falls Comicon


This picture was taken of me at Stokercon at the Bram Stoker Awards Banquet in Las Vegas 2016,

I was recently at the Killer Rack screening in London, Ontario at Shock Stock. Killer Rack won Best Screenplay at the awards!

Next, I'm at Niagara Falls Comicon from June 3 - 5 in Niagara Falls, Ontario, at the Scotiabank Convention Center. I'll be at the Horror Writers Association booth F05! 

I'm on a horror panel in Niagara on Saturday at 1 pm. 

Please come by our booth for free buttons! 

I will also be doing tarot readings!


A couple of days ago, my latest book in the Witch Upon a Star series was released. You can pick up Pisces: Teacher's Pet at any online bookstore!




I am very grateful for all the fantastic donations to GoFundMe that allowed me to pay my May rent and a bit of other bills so that I didn't get evicted in May. Of course, the struggles continue on as I didn't get the summer job working for Statistics Canada for some reason even though THEY contacted ME and asked me to work for them and then I was never called again despite me calling them to ask what's up? No one knows. But of course, in thinking I had that job, I didn't get on board with any other summer jobs except for the one working for the college that doesn't pay enough to pay the rent, let alone travel, but I'm grateful for it just the same.

I really want to get to Necon this year!

For those who wondered how I ended up in Las Vegas when I couldn't pay my rent, it wasn't a slight of hand. 

I had a couple of friends, especially one main one, give me money for plane fare. 

I had another friend who let me room with her for free for the entire trip.

I was a volunteer and presenter so I didn't have to pay for Stokercon.

That was the magic of how THAT trip happened. I didn't touch one penny of the GoFundMe rent money for that trip.

I am still flabbergasted and amazed at all the generosity shown to me. I greatly appreciate it!

Please continue to share links for my editing and tarot services as well as links to my books. I'm working as hard as I can to provide services for money, like everyone else does, but I'm still falling behind my bills and rent. 

I figure if I can get 100 people to buy Fiver readings for five bucks, I can go to Necon. But I have to sell those readings before June 15! So if you know anyone...!


I'm posting Chapter Three of my new space opera serial on Patreon tonight! Sign up for one dollar and you can be the first to read this brand new original work!


If you want to just flat out send a donation for recognition of my free Tarotscopes and all the volunteer work I do for other writers and humans, I'm very grateful for that as well!




As always, here's the link to editing: Scarlett Editing

Here's the link to my Tarot Readings and on there is a link for Paypal donations for the free tarotscopes  


Have a magnificent day!

Blessed Be!


Sunday, April 17, 2016

Mistress of the Dark has Arrived!

Mistress of the Dark by Sèphera Girón 

Now available for the first time in ten years!

Get yours today and see what you've been missing.

Let me know what you think by leaving a review.

Meet Abigail Barnum. She's new in town, eager to make it big in New York. Hers is the darker side of the city. Her friends are strippers and drag queens, and she works as a waitress in a tourist bar with a back room that's definitely for adults only. Her private life includes drugs and bizarre sex. But the most important thing about Abigail is she's deadly.
Abigail has gone insane. Voices and hallucinations are drawing her deeper and deeper into her own world, a world of obsession and pain, seduction and murder. Few suspect just how dangerous Abigail is, but one woman knows her grisly secret. As Abigail descends into madness, can anyone she touches ever hope to be safe?



Friday, April 15, 2016

Put Down the Duckie and Play the Saxophone!

I wish I was perfect but I am not.

I bet most of us wish we were perfect, that we could mind-read everyone and anticipate issues before they arise.

Wouldn't life rock if we all were perfect in looks, thoughts, career choices, money management, and love?

But alas, most of us aren’t even a tiny bit close to perfect about most of that on a regular basis if ever.

However, it seems that we live in such an instant gratification narcissistic culture that everything has to happen quickly, and if it doesn't happen quickly, then god help you. And god REALLY help you if you happen to use the wrong words or labels in speaking your thoughts and feelings about any thing at all.

On some days it really feels like:

No one is allowed a contrary opinion any more.

No one is allowed to be human.

No one is allowed frailty or transformation.

No one is allowed to make mistakes from the President of the U.S. to fetuses. Everyone has to be perfect all the time. Every misstep is documented forever on the world wide web. It's always someone else's fault. So god knows, when us mere mortals don’t jump through others' hoops in a lickety-split manner and kowtow to people with chips on their shoulders for perceived past hurts, then it’s off to the pit with you where you will be immortalized in Google searches forever as the pendulum swings closer. Seriously.

Horror Writers Association
HWA is a fucking writers organization.

It is run by volunteers.

Some of us have been there for many years while others come and go.

No one gets paid except for one person.

Everyone who volunteers does so because he or she wants to do good things for the organization. We all want to work together to push up the genre and create opportunities through scholarships, conventions, pitch sessions, mentors, podcasts, library outreach programs, diversity committee, googlehangout roundtables with experts, and so much more.  We have charity drives, reading series, anthologies, and other great stuff that anyone who is a member can access at any time.

And yet, that’s not good enough. Nope, Not  Good Enough.

For who?

Those Who Don’t Think It’s Good Enough!

If you don’t want to join, don’t join.

But why on earth do you spread lies about an organization that you can’t be bothered to join?

All organizations have scandal and bullshit. Hell, I watch American Greed all the time and other shows like that. There’s always a rat in the barnyard but we all know that. Human nature.
Hey, horror writers, we all have done our research. One in four people is a narcissist/psychopath/sociopath.

So shit is going to happen when you are dealing with hundreds of people around the world from different cultures and time zones. For Sure.

Should current hard-working volunteers be held accountable for nefarious activities that previous volunteers participated in, often before many of these current volunteers were even members?

Nope.

And it’s funny. The minute there is a leak in the ship, as there are with all ships, there are certain folks who can’t wait to rip that hole open a little bit more.

Why?

Who cares?

So twenty-four hours isn’t FAST ENOUGH to make a decision for YOUR LIKING?

Then hey, YOU step up and be president. And I don’t want to hear, "I already tried". Obviously not hard enough.

Don’t try. Do.

And this comment is not directed at Brian Keene. It's directed at others who truly have never tried.

HWA Ontario Chapter
As I’ve said before, if the HWA isn’t for you, don’t join. I don’t care. I am happy running my thriving chapter. But I get pissed off when my work is dismissed as a hot mess or that I contribute nothing to the genre.

We have our own website
Banner
Business cards
HWA Ontario logo that's different from the HWA logo
Individual social media promo tools that Brad Middleton creates for each event that we do
Google hangouts for meetings
Consistent monthly meetings second Tuesday of month that don't cost a lot to attend and that have FREE parking in an easy to reach location and people can attend by Google Hangout
Chapter anthology
Twitter handles for Chapter and Podcast
Our own Canadian Content Corner in the HWA newsletter
Buttons
Tshirts
Great Lakes Horror Podcast which is weekly
Podcast buttons, logo, t shirt, signage
Charity promo opportunities such as Warm It Up!
Booths at conventions such as Fan Expo, Toronto Comicon, Niagara Comicon, Word on the Street, Horror-Rama, Dark Carnival and more.
Library talks and presentations
HWA panels at Fan Expo and other big cons

I’m not sure what else our chapter can do but our team of enthusiastic members continues to amaze me with their hard work and dedication.

I’m deeply saddened that my peers are attacking the very organization that helps us achieve our goals and visions. So many of our members have made fabulous networking connections over the past twenty years, even by attending just one meeting. We could not do any of this without the support of HWA.

SO...

Here's A Quiz!
What am I’m thinking? Right now! 
What are my religious beliefs?
What would come up on my criminal background check?
What is my gender?
What is my sexual preference?
What groups am I a member of?
What do I do at night?
What websites do I look at?
What demonstrations have I ever attended?
What charities do I support?

Am I fit to be Ontario Chapter Head of the Horror Writers Association?

Has anyone done a background check on me?

WHO would run a background check? HWA is not a person! Nor a job! It's just a bunch of volunteers! So who is running these background checks?

What about my members?

Are they are respectable citizens fit to be the face of HWA at public functions? Are they to be trusted in other peoples' houses? Are they going to speak properly on a panel?

And there are other HWA Chapters in Canada! I believe we're up to four now! Who is screening them? What do they REALLY do at meetings? Are they mentally sound? What are their belief systems? 

I hope you see how foolish this whole witch hunt has been.

Back to the Topic
The minute the information was unearthed, action was taken in a calm, deliberate, decisive, legal manner. And holy smokes, in twenty-four HOURS. Not days. In fact, some may point to days as the first musings were uttered a couple of days previously and the investigation began at that point. 

All of you unhappy people couldn’t wait patiently for people to gather facts, make decisions, and do things in proper legal order so that no lawsuits could happen. I think my favourite post was from someone wailing that more people should be on Facebook caring about this situation and since they haven't posted they obviously don't care. It amuses me at how those of us who live on social media forget that others do not. I know many people, my own parents and brother, for instance, who rarely go online to check Facebook or anything except email. So why would HWA members know about an explosion within hours and it was all over within hours except for those kicking around the cinders?

The Board of the HWA handled this situation as best they could with day jobs, time zones, and a barrage of people demanding their attention while discussing the most diplomatic, legal way to do what we all know will be done and was done. The Board was elected to deal with this kind of incident and they did! And very quickly. What more do you want? Why the bullying? We are all learning together! None of us took a course in how to run the HWA!

No one has a Time Machine to change what happened. 

It is done.

Enough is Enough!

Can you please stop the attacks on the very time-consuming chapter work that I do for free and can we please carry on with writing good horror fiction.

The genre needs to unite, not split apart further.

I think all of your anger should be pointed towards more meaningful causes, not a writers organization run by volunteers.

Facts:
HWA is not a person. And yes, if HWA was a person as you all seem to think, then maybe I would have a different attitude. It is currently a collective of 1300 people who all have the same opportunities to form chapters, speak at libraries, run booths at conventions, create podcasts, and so on. If you want it to happen, YOU have to make it happen. 

HWA is not a faceless corporation. And if HWA was a corporation run by the same people since 1985, then maybe I would have a different attitude.

But until YOU are running this volunteer organization, please put down your pitchforks. We are all working to make things nice for YOU! Yes, YOU! So stop tracking in mud while we're washing the floor. Thank you.

Horror Writers Association Facebook Group
As for the HWA Facebook page, it is open to everyone who wants to click. Most of the people who were upset weren't members so when people are mocking the HWA as haemorrhaging from the inside, that wasn't true either. And truly, who cares? 

If the HWA were the Evil Empire, they would have deleted all negative comments like other groups do. They, ME, YOU wanted and still want to hear what other people think, and how solutions can be found and what needs to happen next. That's the only way things improve. And things have improved so much in recent years. I've been on this ride since the late eighties. I've been there for ALL OF IT. If anyone can say with a straight face that things are getting better, it's me. 

So join us or don't. But please stop with the bullying. It actually DOES hurt. I am not perfect.  Nor is anyone I know or have ever known.




Update: Some people seem to think that I'm talking about Keene's list on his blog. In part, yes. Certainly, that's the springboard most are using. But mostly, I am upset about people posting lies and misinformation around social media when they have never been members or are flogging horses that have been dead for a decade or two!


I've known Brian for many years, we are friends, and I know what he's done and been through and that is NOT what this post is about. This is for those who don't have the facts, and who just love to hate the HWA as a whole instead of admitting that there were some assholes who fucked it up for a lot of us.

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This post does NOT reflect the views or opinions of the HWA or the HWA ONT Chapter. This is the personal opinion of Sèphera Girón.