Monthly Archives: September 2013

Embrace your inner villain…

Not to get all English-majory on you, but I remember a pertinent lesson from studying the early novel Gargantua and Pantagruel (Francois Rabelais) in university. To hyper-simplify what Rabelais tried to convey in that vast satire: to be a man … Continue reading

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9-11: The world has changed. Have we?

“WE’RE AT WAR.” ~ Despite the fact that a plane had just crashed into Tower II and changed our world forever, the G-man’s voice on the line was strong and steady. And full of an iron that was both reassuring … Continue reading

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Welcome to Austin. Now Git ~ How Austin is like menudo

THE TWO COMMENTS I get most about the Cauley MacKinnon mystery series is (well, after “Is Logan really real?), “Is Austin really that awesome?” and, “Will you stop telling everybody how awesome Austin is—folks read about it then they wanna … Continue reading

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Using screenwriting techniques to dazzle dialogue

My first two jobs right out of college were as a journalist, and I moonlighted as a screenwriter. While journalism paid the bills, I loved screenwriting because I love dialogue. While I love sitting in Starbucks and listening in on … Continue reading

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Moonlight and memories at The Iguana with the G-man

When I started my Cauley MacKinnon series, I had no doubt my obituary writer heroine would live and breathe Austin—that the city would become a character, much like Savannah, Georgia plays such an integral part in Midnight in the Garden … Continue reading

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Somebody stop me. I’m about to adopt a fox . . .

THIS WEEK, A Brit IT geek named Leon Smith woke up with a fox in his bed. For most men I know, waking up next to a fox (no matter how out-dated the term) would be a reason to howl … Continue reading

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