"There is more treasure in books than in all the pirate's loot on Treasure Island." - Walt Disney

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Presidential Library Visit

Confession time: I totally geeked out today. Working on a college campus in the state capital has a lot of drawbacks, but it also has a lot of advantages.

I absolutely immersed myself in one of those advantages today. I visited the Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library and Museum. It's just one block from the University of Texas stadium in Austin. You can visit the website here.

I spent the morning and part of the afternoon pouring through archives. I had the opportunity to review letters written to the Presidential cabinet, and see the responses sent back. When I say I reviewed them, please remember this was the 60's - before computers. These are the ACTUAL physical letters and studies hand written or typed by citizens and staff. I could have spent days here!

The last part of the afternoon, before the library closed at 5, I spent perusing the museum. So many beautiful, and disturbing, relics of that part of our history. I saw everything from the President's (Oval) and First Lady's offices to memorabilia from the Civil Rights and Gender Equality  movements. I absolutely want to go back when I have more time!

I'm ashamed to say this is the first Presidential Library I have ever visited. I think everyone should visit one. Regardless of how you feel about a particular party, issue, or individual, it's so very interesting and moving to review the struggles we have gone through as a nation.

Have you visited a Presidential Library? If so, which one, and what was your favorite part?

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Writing Games

It's hard to believe we are already a week into July. This whole year is flying by so fast! 

Since Hurricane Harvey in August 2017, we've had so many living, career, and lifestyle milestones and changes that some things are a blur. I feel so blessed to have a family I adore, and career options that keep me happy and excited - most of the time.

July also marks the publication of an article I wrote several months ago for Southern Writer's magazine. "Writing Games" is the result of a visit to an escape game complex, and interviews with creators. The highly detailed story lines created for some of these games can rival many mystery, scifi, and historical books on the market. Thanks to the expanding market of the escape craze, a whole new genre of writing possibilities is now open to writers. For more information, or to read the article, check out the 7th Anniversary issue of  Southern Writers Magazine

How is your summer progressing? Are you writing happily? Any good reads you suggest?

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Happy 4th of July!

Today the United States of America celebrates our Independence Day.

This is my dad at 18. We have a family full of men who have served in various branches of the military.

Thank you to all of the men and women who have served our country in ANY way. You are appreciated more than you think.

I'm spending some time being lazy and celebrating with family and friends. I hope you are all able to do the same.

Are you reading any great books this week?

Monday, July 2, 2018

IWSG: Writing Goals

It’s time for another group posting of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group! founded by Alex J. Cavanaugh. Time to release our fears to the world – or offer encouragement to those who are feeling neurotic. If you’d like to join us, click on the tab above and sign up. We post the first Wednesday of every month. Your words might be the encouragement someone needs. You can also join us on twitter using the hashtag #IWSG, or on the Facebook page.

Now, IWSG hosts have changed up the format in an effort to make it more fun and interactive.Every month, they will announce a question that members can answer in their IWSG Day post. These questions may prompt you to share advice, insight, a personal experience or story. Include your answer to the question in your IWSG post or let it inspire your post if you are struggling with something to say. 

Don’t forget to visit others that day to see their answers. Want to join, or learn more? Visit our - Sign-up List.

JULY QUESTION: What are your ultimate writing goals, and how have they changed over time (if at all)?

MY ANSWER: Once upon a time I wanted to be a world traveling journalist. Then I worked with several newspapers and decided that was not the full-time job for me. Then, I wanted to write the great American Nonfiction book, but quickly realized I enjoy fiction writing just as much. Now, I enjoy sharing my love of reading and writing with others - as a teacher of both high school and college classes. I also enjoy writing shorter works such as articles, poetry, and short stories while encouraging my students with their own writing goals.

What are your goals, and how have they changed over time?

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

IWSG News and Opportunities

1) The next Insecure Writers Support Group posting comes early in July. Don't forget to have your post up by July 3rd due to the USA Independence holiday.

2) The IWSG Goodreads Book Club is currently discussing Blake Snyder’s Save the Cat

3) The next #IWSGPit is Thursday, July 19, 2018, 8:00 am - 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. Over a thousand agents and publishers have been invited to tune in that day. Polish your story and your Twitter pitch and be ready!

4) Announcing the next IWSG Anthology Contest genre and dates!
     Young adult romance is the genre. The theme will be revealed on September 5, along with the judges and other details.

The previous anthologies were Parallels: Felix Was Here, Hero Lost: The Mysteries of Death and Life, and Tick Tock: A Stitch in Crime. Your short story might be included in the fourth anthology!

Are you a member of the IWSG? Will you be participating in any of these opportunities?

Monday, June 18, 2018

Game Masters and MythBusters

Hey all! I'm guest posting over on the Parallels blog today. If you have a chance, please stop by and read about some of my favorite science exhibits at the Reuben H. Fleet Museum as well as their influence on or by science fiction. You can check that out here.

Don't forget to share about some of your own visits, inspirations, and favorite science related facts!


Saturday, June 9, 2018

Writers, Pets, Pics, and Submission Opportunities

We are loving, honoring, and educating about pets in this months issue of Thrive. Check us out: http://thriveswla.com/home-family/life-with-pets 

To the left and below are pics of my sidekick. My dachshund is named Dulcinea - Dulci for short. Bonus points if you get the literary reference.

Writing these article and rereading them recently made me curious about what type of pets writers prefer. I did a little research and found many of them have loved cats, dogs, and other usual household pets. However, just as many of them have preferred unusual, or endangered, ones including ravens and peacocks.

To find out what pets make the best partners for writers, or to peruse photographs of famous duos:

The Best Pet for a Writers Health and Well-being

Adorable Pictures of Famous Writers and Their Pets

Literary Pets

Writers and Their Pets

Literary Figures and Their Wild Pets

Authors and Their Pets - Pinterest Photos

Do you want to write about your pets? Check out these opportunities:

http://www.wideopenpets.com/contributors/ -  Dog Writers Association of America

http://www.chickensoup.com/story-submissions/possible-book-topics - Life Lessons from your Cat or Dog

What type of pets do you have? What name did you pick and why? Did you figure out the literary reference for my dogs name?