It Pays to Be Nice.

I like to think karma works.

I went to Michael’s today; I had a 40%-off coupon that was ready to expire. I found myself wandering the aisles: knitting needles? Canvas? Frames? This isn’t my regular Michael’s (God help me, I have a “regular”), so when I stumbled across the clearance section it was a surprise.

They had these fantastic stretched-canvas prints, regularly $34, on for $10. C and I were just talking about adding some new decorations to the house, so it was perfect timing. I found a great little piece for the kitchen:

We tend to seek happiness

when happiness is actually a choice

Since it was on clearance, I couldn’t use my coupon, which expires tomorrow. So on my way to the checkout, I offered it to a couple of women who were still shopping. It made me feel nice, and that alone would have made my afternoon a little brighter.


I got to the checkout and the cashier scanned the canvas. “That’ll be one cent.”


She turned the screen so I could see it. “One cent.”

I asked her a couple of times if that was right. She even re-scanned it, just in case. It came up the same every time.

The funny bit is that I never carry cash, and I literally had no money on me. I had to ask her to tuck it behind the register and hold it while I went to rummage through the car.

I got back inside and waited in line again, already getting the sinking feeling that the other cashier had probably spoken up after I left. Would I bother to argue if she quoted me the ten-dollar price I’d expected?

I approached the till. The cashier had a big smile by this point. “One cent, please.”

I plopped a single penny in her palm, and she handed me my receipt.

I like to think it was good karma for doing a small kindness for someone. The new picture looks great under the martini in the kitchen…

…and now when I look at it I’ll smile, since it comes with its own story.

Bonus ZoeyBomb:

PS – When she handed me the receipt, the register had printed another 40%-off coupon. Double score!

SniderWriter Exclusive: Dark Side Sale!

It’s been a while since I told you guys how fantastic you are, so here: YOU ARE FANTASTIC. Thank you for visiting me here and letting me into your head every day.

So, for you guys ONLY, Dark Side: Seven Repulsive Stories, my first collection, is half-off at Smashwords with coupon code CQ34H. It’s good til July 18th, so you still have time to scoop a copy. Click the pic to get yours!


FEED for Free! Round 2

Blood is thicker than water, and it’s my job to protect my little brother.
No matter what monstrous things he does.

What would you do for family?

If you haven’t read my short horror story, FEED, this is your chance! For the next three days FEED is free on Amazon. Click the pic to score the deal.

Tell your friends. Tell your neighbours. Tell your families (the ones that aren’t squeamish, anyway).

Turn the lights down and get ready. The pigs are hungry…

Happy Friday the 13th! Dark Side 50% Off!

In honour of the holiest-of-holies in the horror world (aside from Halloween, natch), I want to make sure you’re all stocked up on scares.


This weekend only, I’m knocking off half the cover price of my collection, Dark Side: Seven Repulsive Stories. This deal is only available at Smashwords, and only if you use coupon code ZT98W at checkout. (Coupon expires Sunday.)

These morbid little tales include a sociopathic child, accidental zombies, a couple nasty monsters, and a nod to the horrors of the every day.

Definitely read What’s Inside last. I worry about myself when I think about what happens in that one.