Truth and Embroidery

As a beginning blogger, I wanted to be serious. I intended to write about the writing process, to quote famous authors, and to record my progress toward publication (or toward the satisfaction of having written). I wanted to write about Literature and Life. Halfway through my first post, I discarded that notion. Once upon a … Continue reading Truth and Embroidery

Day of the Dark Coming–Twice

The total solar eclipse--the first across the entire continental United States in ninety-nine years--will take place on August 21. David and I will view it from Kansas City, where the full eclipse will be visible. We have our eclipse glasses and hotel reservations and look forward to a jaw-dropping experience.* Not to take anything away … Continue reading Day of the Dark Coming–Twice

100-Word Story: You’ll Be Fine

GENRE: One line of fiction. The rest is truth. 100 words Dedicated to my dear cousin Mary Veazey, who said, “Let’s go on a cruise.” I have almost forgiven her. POETIC JUSTICE or, YOU’LL BE FINE   Beautiful . . . waves, sunset . . . Deck chairs . . . Two nights at sea, … Continue reading 100-Word Story: You’ll Be Fine

That’s How the Smart Money Bets

Roaming around online, I happened upon the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation. And instead of thinking what a normal person would, I thought like a member of the Professional Organization of English Majors: Why Damon Runyon? Runyon wrote the stories on which the musical Guys and Dolls was based. You remember--"A Bushel and a Peck," "I've … Continue reading That’s How the Smart Money Bets

Brazos Writers’ Women and Crime: Facts, Projected Details, and a Streak of Luck

Just the Facts, Ma'am:  Gale Albright and Kathy Waller spent a pleasant and productive day at  Brazos Writers' Women and Crime workshop, held at the Southwood Community Center in College Station, Texas. Speakers included Mary Ringo, private investigator at Gumshoe Investigative Services, on Life as a PI; Courtney Head, DNA Analyst at the Houston Forensic Science Center, … Continue reading Brazos Writers’ Women and Crime: Facts, Projected Details, and a Streak of Luck

Excerpt: “A Nice Set of Wheels”

Excerpt from "A Nice Set of Wheels" by Kathy Waller appears in MURDER ON WHEELS: 11 TALES OF CRIME ON THE MOVE, published by Wildside Press, 2015 *** When the stranger stepped through the door, everyone in the store looked up. Old men playing dominoes at the Formica-topped table beside the front window. Farmers sitting … Continue reading Excerpt: “A Nice Set of Wheels”

Abraham Lincoln, Lewis Thomas, George Will, & Me: Great Minds Think Alike; or, Kurt Vonnegut, Go Fly a Kite

   Abraham Lincoln “With educated people, I suppose, punctuation is a matter of rule; with me it is a matter of feeling. But I must say I have a great respect for the semi-colon; it's a useful little chap.” ― Abraham Lincoln Lewis Thomas “Sometimes you get a glimpse of a semicolon coming, a few … Continue reading Abraham Lincoln, Lewis Thomas, George Will, & Me: Great Minds Think Alike; or, Kurt Vonnegut, Go Fly a Kite

100-Word Story: Pogo Stick

Friday Fictioneer Challenge: Write a 100-word story based on the photo.   I heard them talking. Daddy said, She wants a pogo stick. Mama said, She has enough presents. Santa brought a pogo stick. Daddy smiled. Sturdy. We went outside. Mama frowned. Don't fall. She's fine. Daddy lifted me on. I bounced. The pogo stick didn't. Daddy frowned. Spring's tight. You're … Continue reading 100-Word Story: Pogo Stick

100 Words: Nothing But Gray

Friday Fictioneer Challenge: Write a 100-word story based on the prompt. ***** Nothing But Gray Paul stood, hands in pockets, looking out. She's set four places again, he thought. And she sits in a different chair now, doesn't talk, just looks out the window at nothing but gray stone. She brought in a covered dish. … Continue reading 100 Words: Nothing But Gray

A Finely Shaped Head

When I think of my wife, I always think of her head. The shape of it, to begin with. The very first time I saw her, it was the back of the head I saw, and there was something lovely about it, the angles of it. Like a shiny, hard corn kernel or a riverbed … Continue reading A Finely Shaped Head

A First Line of Note

"Should I have taken the false teeth?" ~ Robertson Davies, The Cunning Man About twenty years ago, I went on a Robertson Davies binge. I plowed through a number of his big, fat, fascinating novels, one right after the other.  Then I moved on to another literary addiction, but Davies' stories still haunted me. Last … Continue reading A First Line of Note

Laura Oles presents Inside Photo Secrets for Authors, March 9 @ Sisters in Crime (Austin) – Free and Open to the Public

Inside Photo Secrets for Authors Storytelling through photography has long been a powerful method of connecting people emotionally. For authors and writers, the use of photography can greatly assist in reaching and retaining readers. However, the digitization of photography has left the public largely confused about this new medium’s rules and regulations. At Sisters in … Continue reading Laura Oles presents Inside Photo Secrets for Authors, March 9 @ Sisters in Crime (Austin) – Free and Open to the Public

A Pitch-Perfect Paragraph–For Readers Who Know Cows

I head into the house for my hat and my cane and the keys to my truck. There's not a thing wrong with me but a bum knee. Several months ago one of my heifers knocked me down accidentally and it spooked her so bad that she stepped on my leg. This happened in the … Continue reading A Pitch-Perfect Paragraph–For Readers Who Know Cows

AMW Workshop: Special Invitation for Procrastinators

Austin Mystery Writers spent Thursday making last-minute preparations for Anatomy of a Mystery, the free workshop it's sponsoring today from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at BookPeople in Austin. I offer two photographs as proof. Some of the people in them are duplicated. (My assigned task was to cut up paper for the raffle. Mission … Continue reading AMW Workshop: Special Invitation for Procrastinators