I Heard Some Kind of Animal

Another report from Alien Resort. They’ve made peace with it.

Alien Resort

When you sit on the beach at Alien Resort island, you hear the eons-old rush of the waves meeting the shore. But tonight we’re in the middle of the island, gathered in front of Plucky’s spaceship, and that sound is very distant. The view of the sky here is as good as anywhere on Earth. Long ago we gave up hope of a quick rescue, and have made peace with living on this planet. All of us agree that there are worse places to be stranded. Lmao got lost on his planet and forest rescue couldn’t find him. He says he was up a creek.

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@ a Very Nice Retreat

"Blessed are those who can laugh at themselves, for they shall never cease to be amused." ~ Anon. I'm staying in a Very Nice Dorm on the campus of Schreiner University in Kerrville for the Writers' League of Texas' Summer Retreat. My job is to write. No classes, just write. Here is what I've accomplished … Continue reading @ a Very Nice Retreat

@ A Very Nice Hotel

    We're back from our stay at a Very Nice Hotel, a fine dining experience, a delightful breakfast buffet, all thanks to the City of Austin. Not funded by the City of Austin, but thanks to. Last week the C of A turned off the water (10:00 p.m., turn handle of faucet, Surprise!) and … Continue reading @ A Very Nice Hotel

A Disjointed Post . . .

. . . because my brain is fried. When we tried to medicate William last night, a pill fell into the pit between the seat of my recliner and the arm, and we weren't able to locate it. It's in there somewhere, or it fell through onto the floor under the chair. After a cursory … Continue reading A Disjointed Post . . .

Three Years Ago: A Writer Answers Our Ad

The latest installment in the continuing story of Alien Resort.

Alien Resort

After a few weeks had passed, we received a response to our “situations wanted” inquiry on Craigslist. A writer named David Davis wanted to make comics for newspapers but was having trouble developing characters. We sent him our bios and did a Skype; then he sent us some scripts. The arrangement has worked out better than anyone ever imagined. The four of us now have a workday we can look forward to, and Mr. Davis has been successful in getting our comics published in Earth newspapers. Lmao once bought a second-hand rover; it drove him up a wall.

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Interview with Elizabeth Buhmann, Author of Blue Lake

  Yesterday we posted a review of Elizabeth Buhmann's novel BLUE LAKE. Today we hear from the author herself:   Where did you get the idea for Blue Lake? A friend told me something about her family history. Her grandmother, who was born in 1910, had 12 children. By the time the last child came … Continue reading Interview with Elizabeth Buhmann, Author of Blue Lake

A Mid-Century Murder: Elizabeth Buhmann’s Blue Lake

  "Rural Virginia, 1945. The Second World War had just ended when Alice Hannon found the lifeless body of her five-year-old daughter, Eugenie, floating in Blue Lake. The tragedy of the little girl’s death destroyed the Hannon family. "More than twenty years later, Alice’s youngest daughter, Regina, returns home after a long estrangement because her … Continue reading A Mid-Century Murder: Elizabeth Buhmann’s Blue Lake

Homicide Detective Speaks to Writers’ Group

Author N. M. Cedeno writes about Detective Dave Fugitt’s recent presentation to Heart of Texas Sisters in Crime chapter. Detective Fugitt is a member of Austin Police Department’s Homicide Unit.

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At the June Sisters in Crime – Heart of Texas meeting, Detective Dave Fugitt presented an overview of the Austin Police Department Homicide Unit. Local mystery author and Travis County Assistant District Attorney Mark Pryor introduced Det. Fugitt as the best homicide investigator in the Austin Police Department. In his capacity as ADA, Mr. Pryor and Det. Fugitt have worked together on murder cases in Travis County.

Fugitt is a member of the Homicide Investigators of Texas and the International Homicide Investigators Association. The International Homicide Investigators Association holds annual symposiums for detectives from around the world. During these meetings, detectives share ideas for solving cold cases and keep up to date on new techniques and technology in forensics and crime solving. The association also holds regional training events around the United States.

As an APD homicide investigator Fugitt has…

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Invisible Men Battle It Out in Hurst

We're pleased to announce that "Invisible Men Invade Earth" was named audience favorite at the Central Arts Short Film Battle in Hurst last night. It competed with "Don't Die" by Cody Lovorn from San Antonio. As winner, "Invisible Men" will compete with other 2019 audience favorites later in the year. After the Battle, a 90-minute … Continue reading Invisible Men Battle It Out in Hurst

Staggering and Wobbling with Dignity and Grace. Or Not.

So I stagger and wobble and run into door jambs. The door jamb part really isn't in the same category as the other two, because staggering and wobbling are relatively new, but I've been door-challenged all my life. Once when I was eight, visiting my Aunt Laura and Uncle Joe, the phone rang and I … Continue reading Staggering and Wobbling with Dignity and Grace. Or Not.

Score: Fifteen – Love

In less than an hour, David and I will have been married fifteen years and nine hours. Or slightly less; the wedding began at 2:00 p.m., but with all the singing and marching and reading and plighting, it was probably 2:30 before the minister told us we could leave. To me, it seems like we've … Continue reading Score: Fifteen – Love

Matt Dillon’s Trousers

The scale at the doctor's office today said I'd lost eight pounds over the past six weeks. I said I didn't think so. I'd been working at it, but for only three weeks, and not that hard.* The nurse said, "The scale downstairs doesn't match this one, so if you used that one last time … Continue reading Matt Dillon’s Trousers