Human Rights: Why Bother?* or, Hwa, Hwa, Hwa, Hwa, Hwa

I'm watching Latanya Richardson Jackson, Sophie Okonedo, Anika Noni Rose, and Denzel Washington--the cast of Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun, now playing on Broadway--on the Charlie Rose show on PBS. The first time I saw Raisin, I was a high school junior. It was on television, probably Saturday Night at the Movies. The … Continue reading Human Rights: Why Bother?* or, Hwa, Hwa, Hwa, Hwa, Hwa

Mentors and Aspiring Writers on May 18

Sisters in Crime Heart of Texas chapter invites you to the Barbara Burnett Smith Aspiring Writers Event. Click on the link to Crime Ladies for all the details.

Crime Ladies

2 P.M., MAY 18, 2014

Presented by
The Barbara Burnett Smith Mentoring Authors Foundation
Sisters in Crime Heart of Texas Chapter

Gale Albright delivers welcoming remarks

W.D. Smith speaks about his mother’s legacy

Russ Hall talks about mentoring

Helen GingerMentors introduce the Aspiring Writers, who read their 500-word submissions to the audience:

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After submissions are read, a buffet is served. Social hour follows and aspiring Russ Hallwriters and mentors have consultation.



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Our seven aspiring writers for 2014:

Mentor Elizabeth Buhmann and Aspiring Writers Sue Cleveland and Dixie Evatt

Mentor Susan Rogers Cooper and Aspiring Writer Lindsay Carlson

Mentor Helen Ginger and Aspiring Writer Shelby O’Neill

Mentor Jan Grape and Aspiring Writer Jane Shaughness

Mentor Russ Hall and Aspiring Writer Alex Ferraro

Mentor Caroline Shearer and Aspiring Writer Eileen Dew

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Sue Cleveland

Dixie Evatt

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All Over Your Leg

"That cat will write her autograph all over your leg if you let her." ~ Samuel L. Clemens - from memoirs of Clemens' secretary Mary Howden which were published in New York Herald, December 13, 1925 It is 3:30 a.m. I stayed up working on a website for a friend. Then I replied to some … Continue reading All Over Your Leg

Walk this way

Julia Cameron said this years ago, but I hoped she was wrong. Now that Stanford U has weighed in, however, I have no excuse. Do you? Click the link to Writing Wranglers and Warriors and see what Jennifer Flaten says.

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A new study by Standford University finds that walking can stimulate creativity. Last year I logged over 700 miles, I should have creativity coming out my ears!

All kidding aside, I firmly believe this is true, or at least it is for me. It isn’t just walking any repetitive motion painting, digging, etc. gives my mind an opportunity to drift. 024

When I was a teenager, I had a job working for the county. My job involved a lot of painting, meeting setting and housekeeping. I came up with some wonderfully detailed stories in my head during my shifts. Sometimes, I would rewrite books or TV shows to how I thought they should end.

It’s a little harder to drift into that dream state vacuuming the house with a bunch of kids tugging at your attention, but every once in awhile I realize I just cleaned…

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The Tale of Mervyn and LeRoy or, What Price Story?

I’m blogging at Writing Wranglers and Warriors today. Please click over and read the full post.

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posted by Kathy Waller


I have never started a poem yet whose end I knew. Writing a poem is discovering. ~ Robert Frost

I have never started a post yet whose end I knew. Or a story. Or a novel. Or an essay. Or . . . ~ Kathy Waller

I am a late bloomer. Unlike Stephen King, I did not start writing stories as soon as I learned to spell.

I wanted to, but I didn’t understand how writers work. I thought I had to know everything when I wrote the first word. Writers, I assumed, created  stories and books in their heads and then put them on paper. I didn’t know any writers, but I knew my mother, who made up stories to tell at nap time.

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The most memorable of her creations was the story…

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Kaye George is at Malice Domestic, and Gale Albright, who, along with me, is not, posts a picture of Kaye and one of the cover of her Neanderthal mystery, Death in the Time of Ice (which has been likened to Jean Auel’s The Clan of the Cave Bear).

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kaye george at Malice Domestic DITTOIFinalSmall Kaye George discusses her Neanderthal mystery Death in the Time of Ice on the historical fiction panel at the 2014 Malice Domestic convention in Bethesda, MD.


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My father would have been ninety-nine years old today. In September, he'll have been gone for thirty-one years. It's easier to imagine him as the child in this picture than to imagine him at ninety-nine. Of two things, however, I'm certain: If here were here today, his blue eyes would still be twinkling, and  he … Continue reading Billie