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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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Yeah. I’m tired. I think we’re all tired.

I HAVE TO admit–I’m feeling a little lost and overwhelmed today. Since inertia breeds even more inertia (and yes, I know by definition that’s not possible), I’m doing the step-back-and-prioritize thing. And while taking a small step back, I realize … Continue reading

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Pulpwood Queens’ Girlfriend Weekend: The only thing gettin’ teased is hair…

IF YOU’VE BEEN the victim of a rolling rhinestone and have not yet heard of Kathy L. Murphy, the Pulpwood Queen herownself, you don’t know what you’re missing. As the Supreme Ruler of the largest worldwide book club–and the only … Continue reading

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Writing via Brain Mapping: Because my mind can be a scary place to visit alone…

IF YOUR BRAIN looks anything like mine, it’s a desktop full of 13,000 open browsers. My brain is a dangerous place, best not entered alone. But I’ve found a tool that helps tame Beast-Brain, and massages creativity to an elevated … Continue reading

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Unhitched, Unhinged & Coming out of Divorce with your Head Screwed on Straight

STATISTICALLY SPEAKING, 100% of divorces begin with marriage, be it a cast of thousands gathering around a big-giant-dressed bride or, in Texas, “Hey. Let’s put your name on the mailbox and call it done.” Real live, grownup divorce is more … Continue reading

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Divorce Shaming. Not Cool.

I ALMOST UNFRIENDED an unkind person who posted not one, but four, demeaning and belittling messages on my timeline. I didn’t unfriend, because I didn’t want to be petty (you know who you are). Here’s the thing. Do you regularly … Continue reading

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Divorce. Best Christmas present ever.

WHILE SANTA’S FINISHING his list-making, I’m finishing mine, too, and today, checking it twice. I’m moving Saturday, and will hang my sparkly pink stocking (thank you Beth Lang!) because rotten Chap has all of my Christmas decorations. And my house … Continue reading

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