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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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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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A MacKinnon Christmas: A gift for you. Because you mean the world to me.

A MacKinnon Christmas: A Cauley MacKinnon Mystery For my mother, Betty Frazier. Thank you for always believing . . . Acknowledgments It may take a village to raise a child, but it takes a some of Suz Brockmann’s Swim Buddies to create … Continue reading

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The House Elves Aren’t Coming: Write your own Book in a Month

NATIONAL NOVEL WRITING Month is busting down the door like Hagrid barreling in to inform Harry he’s a wizard. I hate to break it to you, but House Elves are not going to sneak into your writing space and place … Continue reading

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Book in a Month: Because I’d rather kill a guy than marry one

NATIONAL WRITING MONTH (NaNoWriMo) is almost here. But can you really write a book in a week? Is it even possible? Yes. Is it easy? Usually not. If you’re like me, it will involve a lot of commitment, quite a … Continue reading

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Redneckedness: How to write a memoir

Ah, the memoir–that special brand of navel-gazing that could actually give you some perspective on life, maybe give someone else a perspective on their own life, and if you’re lucky, put some money in your pocket. I can’t tell you … Continue reading

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The Naked Truth: What to do when your dog eats the house . . .

When I got home yesterday, my little blue border collie came running up, ears back, tail between his legs. “Uh oh,” I said, “what did you do?” “He tore up the onion field,” Chap said, shucking off his leather work … Continue reading

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