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Category Archives: Local (Houston area) events

Hurricane Ike: When life and research collide

Write what you know. That’s the well-worn dictum writers hear over and over and over. The meaning may vary as you make your way through the craft and business. For many new to writing that results in semi-autobiographical novels and coming of age books. Others take the knowledge they’ve obtained through work and life experience…

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City Blogging: A new media trend in travel writing

I’ve resumed posting over at blogHOUSTON, a weblog dedicated to “Houston politics and current events, local media, and thoughts on the city’s cultural and entertainment options.” My niche is primarily arts and entertainment with a strong literary slant, of course. Not being up to date with the local music scene and being that rare individual…

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Writing prompts and exercising your writing muscles

Spent the weekend exercising my writing muscles. I worked up a piece for blogHouston on the Houston museum that is featuring the dog in art exhibition. Museum exhibitions offer some good opportunities for Artist Dates (in the vein of Julia Cameron), spontaneous writing exercises, and old-fashioned inspiration. Why not check your local calendar and see…

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Association of Authors and Publishers wants to know more about the blogging life

Houston has an interesting writers group known as the Authors and Publishers Association (AAP), and they want to know more about the blogging life. They have asked yours truly to speak about my experiences as a blogger the past couple of years and how I’ve integrated them into my writing life. I’ve known about the…

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Press releases, marketing and booksignings

With the advent of a new book, booksignings are inevitable and creating press releases is the norm. I spent most of last night emailing press releases to various local print media outlets. I already have bookmarks, postcards and business cards as a result of the TLA and IRA conferences, so that’s a major task already…

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Mystery Short Story Contest Deadline Approaching

If you have a mysterious bent, you might consider entering the Mystery Short Story Contest sponsored by the Southwest chapter of Mystery Writers of America (MWA) and Murder by the Book, Houston’s celebrated mystery bookstore. The entry must be postmarked by April 23, 2005. The $100 prize will be awarded at the Hardboiled Heroes and…

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Of Edgars, Ravens, and other mysterious stories and events

Well, as Lee Goldberg attests on his blog A Writer’s Life, Mystery Writers of  America (MWA) has announced the annual Edgar nominations. The Edgars derive their name from Edgar Allen Poe, long considered the father of the detective story. Houstonions might enjoy knowing that our own Murder by the Book’s owner Martha Farrington will be…

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Poets and Writers Alert: Once again Houston hosts the CLMP Southern Literary Magazine and Press Fair

This morning the announcement for the 2nd Annual CLMP Southern Literary Magazine & Small Press Fair arrived in my email. CLMP is the Council of Literary Magazines and Presses and once again the event will be at Houston’s Brazos Bookstore, a place that makes roaming through bookstacks and bookshelves a delight. I made a point…

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New resolutions, new opportunities, new writer events

Well, it’s a new year and I’m sure we all have brand spanking new resolutions. Perhaps one of them is to wade a little deeper into the realm of writing. If writing for children interests you, then the SCBWI-Houston chapter has a couple of events that range from a solid getting-back-to-basics Academy 101 to a…

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New poetry reading group to meet in coffee house in NASA/Seabrook area.

I frequently get information from Sol Magazine, an international membership of poets and volunteers interested in the education of poets based out of Clear Lake City, Texas in the Houston area. They run competitions and will be changing their monthly online magazine to a quarterly publication in 2005. They also send out information about poetry-related…

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