Life gets in the way of living

I only just realized how long it had been since I added a blog entry here. There are lots of reasons, but that’s beside the point. There are always reasons why we don’t keep up with something we promise we’ll do on a regular basis. Remember that pledge to go to the gym three days
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Critiquing critiquing

Because I belong to a writer’s group that meets weekly, I both give and receive a lot of critiques. Our group has a few up-front rules, such as no attacking and no negative critiques that aren’t constructive. These basic rules work well to keep the group inviting and productive. That said, we still all have
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Characters can surprise a writer

The writers’ group I am in met yesterday and we had a notable conversation about characters. After we reviewed Phil’s latest chapter, Tammy asked him, “Is your character going to do X?” Phil’s answer, “I have no idea.” He then shared how this particular character had already stepped off the path he’d so carefully calculated
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The Pros and Cons of Cons

I intended to write this last week but why that didn’t happen will shortly be clear… On April 4-6 I was invited to join Roxanne Rix, sister of fellow local author Gretchen Rix, at AggieCon in College Station, TX. Roxanne is Gretchen’s publisher and sales rep and offered to share some of her booth space with
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It’s all about the marketing

I had the pleasure of being one of the authors featured last weekend at the Luling Friends of the Library’s Meet the Authors event. It was held at the Luling Oil Patch Museum, a wonderful place to visit by itself. I had a fun and successful day visiting with friends who stopped by, meeting new
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On belonging to a critique/support group for authors

One of my goals in 2013 was to get back to writing full time. To help motivate me toward that endeavor I started a local authors’ group in Lockhart. Although heading one fourth of the way through 2014 it still remains nameless (something that bugs the OCD in me), the group’s weekly meeting has become
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“Born Rich” release on Mar. 22 at Meet the Authors in Luling, TX

A lot has happened since NaNo! My second novel, Born Rich, came out on Amazon on March 8 (paper and Kindle formats). The public release is at the Meet the Authors event in Luling, Texas on March 22 from 11-3 at the Central Texas Oil Patch Museum (421 E. Davis Street). If you are in the Central Texas area please join me. I
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My first experience as a NaNoWriMo participant

This year I decided to jump into the deep end of being committed to writing: I signed up to participate in November’s National Novel Writing Month also known as NaNoWriMo, or just NaNo. If you aren’t familiar, the goal of NaNo is to write a 50,000 word novel between 21:01 am on 11/1 and 11:59
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So who is this Marianna person anyway?

Marianna Morgan is the Private Investigator in my first novel The Case of a Cold Trail and a Hot Musket. People have asked me if Marianna is based on me. Not at all. Her personality is based primarily on my sister Linda. We all grew up in San Antonio and Linda is still there. She
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