By S. J. Brown Have you ever wondered what goes into a field trip for a wildlife photographer? January is when I plan out large portions of my year. As snow piles up outside Jay and I spread books, maps and the trusted atlas on the dining room table. We have notes from shows we … Continue reading Planning



POSTED BY KAREN INGALLS SENIOR SEASON AUTHORS  How do we define a senior season individual? We usually immediately think of gray hair, wrinkled skin, stooped bodies, slow minds, forgetfulness, dentures, and canes. Typical statements by seniors are: My life is almost over             I am too old to cook, clean, drive, exercise, etc.             All … Continue reading SENIOR SEASON AUTHORS

Making it better

By S J Brown Each of us in our own way tries to make the world a little better. Writer’s help people escape their daily woes and immerse themselves in another place and time, making the world a little better. I know a number of teachers that don’t end their connection with their students when … Continue reading Making it better

The Best Books You Never Read

By S J Brown The world is filled with unfinished manuscripts. They are stuffed in drawers, stored in a computer file, or sitting on a desktop waiting to be completed. Many years ago I joined a writers group. I admit some members were working on works that apparently weren’t that memorable since I don’t remember … Continue reading The Best Books You Never Read

So, You Want to Write A Book…

    This post by Keri De Deo   When I meet people and mention that I'm an author and editor, they often launch into their book writing aspirations. They end the discussion with the statement, “But I don’t know where to start.” Yes, Lewis Carroll said, “Begin at the beginning,” but it’s not as … Continue reading So, You Want to Write A Book…


By S. J. Brown I hope everyone has been keeping warm in these frigid temperatures. Freezing temperatures add a whole new set of challenges for a wildlife photographer. It is a bit harder to sneak up on my subjects in layers of clothes and warm boots. Warm thick gloves make it a little harder to … Continue reading BRRRRRR

From Lone Star Lawless: “When Cheese Is Love”

Posted by M. K. Waller * In November, Austin Mystery Writers, my critique group, published its second crime fiction anthology, LONE STAR LAWLESS. Today I'm sharing an excerpt from my story, "When Cheese Is Love." To set the scene: English teacher Tabitha Baynes has come to Fonda de Paz, the best Tex-Mex restaurant in Central … Continue reading From Lone Star Lawless: “When Cheese Is Love”

My Year in Review

BY S. J. Brown Since this is my last blog for 2017 I thought I would sum up my year. Once again it has been a busy year. Yes I was on the road a lot. But I love traveling and luckily Jay indulges me. I managed to cross another state off my bucket list … Continue reading My Year in Review

One Page

By S. J. Brown Recently I was reviewing some guidelines from a publisher. They wanted the usual information like my name, contact information, the name of the book I was proposing and the word count. Then I saw it the next requirement was an impossible task, a one page synopsis. I needed to share all … Continue reading One Page


By S. J. Brown I borrowed the name for this month’s blog from a band. They are a country music band and although I am not a fan of country music I somehow ended up with one of their shirts. I have had it long enough it might be considered a vintage t-shirt. The shirt … Continue reading Southbond