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The Meanest Cat in the World

Lord Atticus Platypus, Overlord of Ninja Kitties  came to me not as a rescue,  fallen  to exile, the dictator dethroned from his reign of terror. My writer-buddy Jan Yonkin and her husband had managed get this tiny feral kitten into … 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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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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Birth of a Book: The answer to “Where do you get your ideas?”

“WHERE DO YOU get your ideas?”–the question that often causes a lot of author eye-rolling. I used to be a smart ass about the question. Until I realized it’s a valid question. The answer is kind of two-fold. The first … Continue reading

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The Spirit (& Spirits) of the Driskill Hotel

“FROM THE BLUE Lady to the Suicide Brides, The Driskill Hotel is one of the most haunted buildingS in Texas, and certainly in Austin,” according to John Turner, native Austinite, historian and self-described part time ghost-buster. “It’s one of most recounted, multiple … Continue reading

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Here We Go Again: Hurricane Irma–How you can help

WE’RE STILL COUNTING Hurricane Harvey’s death toll, and here comes Irma, which could possibly be even more devastating. While we’re still mopping up over here on the 3rd Coast, we’re bracing to help Florida–you know, the 1st Coast. Wanna help? … Continue reading

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Wail Away at your Keyboard: How to Build Your Audience

Well, we’re facing down a hurricane (again) and I can’t help but notice how the news coverage influences our behavior. What they (the news crews) are doing, is developing an audience in an ever shrinking pool of availability. If you’re … Continue reading

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