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DEAD COPY: Because life is full of possibilities. And dead bodies . . .

DOING ALL THE THINGS, and rolling right along. One of All The Things is reformatting Dead Copy (Book 2 in the Cauley MacKinnon Mysteries, and btw, SCOOP is free on Amazon today), re-doing the cover and all the fun stuff … Continue reading

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Oh Austin, my Austin. How love includes loving the unlovable

I’M HOME FROM Houston (the anti-Austin), and I’m going through some mental knuckle-cracking. My sister is sick and won’t get better, but I’ve got her paperwork done, my Mama is sick, but it’s up to her to get better. I … Continue reading

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Kick-butt beginnings: Start your book with a bang . . .

INTRODUCE YOUR CHARACTER, their *world*, your genre and tone, and *show* us your story, please don’t *tell* it. Piece of cake, right? Right. Despite the fact that we’re writing different novels in different genres (some of us in different worlds … Continue reading

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How to Make Your Own Luck: Putting Yourself in the Right Place at the Right Time

A WISE WOMAN once told me that half of Luck is putting yourself in the Right Place at the Right Time. *Okay, it was the talented Evelyn Palfrey, and she told me that more than once, but she knows I’m … Continue reading

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13 Things Texans Constantly Have to Explain *beer drinking goat included

Austin isn’t the only place to find Weird Ever been to Lajita, Texas, population 122, where the mayor was a beer drinking goat named Clay Henry? West Texas. Ya gotta love it. Our state’s more urban than yours Plano Our … Continue reading

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Yes. Even in Texas, it’s wrong to take a bow and arrow to a house cat . . .

EVERYBODY I KNOW in Texas has a Gun Cabinet, which, for the non-ammosexuals out there is a piece of furniture with the sole purpose of housing one’s fire arms (Except my gay friend Bobby, and he has a Gun Armoire) … Continue reading

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Novelist’s Notebook: How to organize your awesomeness

WRITING IS HARD. If it was easy, every one would be doing it. And like Tom Hanks once said, “There’s no crying in baseball!” That may be true, but there’s lots of crying in writing. For me anyway. But take … Continue reading

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