Monthly Archives: January 2018

Writing Stall: Black, Blue & Red Rule Enforced. If you’re not broken, bleeding or in need of bail money, do not knock.

OKAY. I’M NOT so much blocked as stymied with a scene that’s been giving me trouble. First problem is, I’ve got too much going on. And while, yes, it’s funny, it doesn’t move the plot. It’s going to get axed … Continue reading

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How #MeToo Took down an Olympian predator. I wonder who will *examine* the doctor first. In prison . .

I WISH THEY’D quit calling Olympic events Women’s Gymnastics and call it what it is– Girl’s Gymnastics–Gold Medal Winner Dominique Moceanu is 14-years old, for heaven’s sake. And while it’s a little to late for Larry Nassar to zip up his pants … Continue reading

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Dogs–the best medicine. And how you can both live longer. And happier.

DOGS ARE AWESOME. Seriously. Take any situation, add a dog and it transforms into instant awesome. A big puddle of mud? We avoid it. But add a couple of dogs? Instant entertainment. And possibly a YouTube video that’ll break the … Continue reading

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Friends are the family we choose for ourselves

IT’S BEEN A rough couple of years for most of us, and I don’t know what I’d do without my friends, particularly my female friends. Friendships come in all shapes, sizes and species–and they often from unexpected places. Most of … Continue reading

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Saving the world from emotional porcupines

Kathy L. Murphy, the Pulpwood Queen, has been leading the charge on literacy front. In these times of willful ignorance, reading is more important than ever. She’s also a cheerleader for authors (’cause you know, writers (at least this one) … Continue reading

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If motivation were a drug I’d be mainlining

I DIDN’T START 2018 with a lot of expectations, based on the last two years and you know, Idiot in Chief is still on his Golden Toilet. But this malaise is lingering, and every time he opens his mouth or … Continue reading

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How to thwart an evil villain: Get your own evil on

IN HONOR OF Dr. Martin Luther King day, I’ve doubled down on faxing the living daylights out of the smug old white guys who are supposed to represent me in Washington. Despite my assault on their office resources, it hasn’t … Continue reading

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The Quest for Cantu: Bringing down your hero

FIRST LOVES MAY change shape but last a lifetime. But how well do you really know your first love? Cauley MacKinnon leads her first love, Austin Police Detective Jim Cantu, down the  second-darkest journey of his life. The first was … Continue reading

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Jim Cantu: How the boy became the man Cauley admires

BACKSTORY, IS, FOR the most part, best saved for Last Call at Down Town Austin’s Scholz Garten, and only then if you’re picking up the tab. For the most part. Some writers do it beautifully, and in some cases, the backstory is … Continue reading

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The Man She Thought She Knew . . . Cauley MacKinnon Book 4

FIRST READER ASKED me this summer if I trusted him. I said, “Of course! Wait. What am I trusting you about?” He had an idea about delving into Cauley’s relationship with the character’s childhood hero and first crush, Jim Cantu. … Continue reading

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