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Save The Cat–Save Your Novel: Using Screenwriting Tips & Tricks to Fix (start) Your Manuscript

I CAME TO novel-writing as a journalist/screenwriter, so why (on my current book) I decided to throw storyboarding out with the kitty litter, I have no idea. Today, I print out the mess (and make my ritual Print Out Penance … Continue reading

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Best Texas Swimmin’ Holes: Nekkid and Not

SO, MY VERY favorite swimmin’ spot is my own backyard on the Llano River, and the dogs concur. The mutts and I go swimming almost every morning after our walk (’cause dang it’s hot out here) while the kitty-type fur-folk … Continue reading

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My peaches are mocking me. In bushels. And the cuppa cuppa cuppa Peach Cobbler Recipe

ARGH! I’M UP to my eyelashes in peaches, but that’s okay ’cause the last few years drought caused a peach deficiency that rattled the nation. Or at least the nation of Texas. I’m peeling bushels, which brings to mind the … Continue reading

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Attack of the Plot Bunnies–What To Do When Evil Strikes

LAST NIGHT AS I lay me down to sleep I was attacked by a *fluffle* of Plot Bunnies (a group of rabbits is a fluffle, like a bunch of crows are a *murder* and a bunch of huskies are a … Continue reading

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Search & Rescue–Real Stories Wrapped in Fiction

BECAUSE OF THE WHOLE Blanco River flood thing, several folks have asked about my Search and Rescue days. Yes, I  am still certified, though living in a remote area, I rarely get called out. But the Blanco Flood was so … Continue reading

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Write a book, they said. It’ll be fun, they said. *Writing a book in memes*

I’M TEACHING ANOTHER writing class, and I was thinking about fresh ways to look at the hair-pullling task of writing a book. Well, writing book*s* because writing one book does not make a career, unless you’re Harper Lee, and even … Continue reading

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I’m not being rude, Lady. I’m being quiet. You should try it some time. *On being an Introvert*

If HIDING IN A Blanket Fort with a bag of Skittles and a brand new box of 64-count crayons was a viable career move, it would be high on my list. My Introvert Level ranks right around Hanging Out in … Continue reading

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