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Please Visit My New Blog!

July 1, 2014
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Come visit me at my new blog!

Come visit me at my new blog! Ahoy mateys! Check out my new blog: Tui Snider’s Offbeat & Overlooked Why did I create a new blog? Long story short: Over the past few months, this blog has become a sinking ship! Like leaks in a rotting wooden hull, it keeps springing database errors… one after another.…

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Fresh Donuts, with a Side of Misogyny

June 9, 2014
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Fresh Donuts, with a Side of Misogyny

Bite Size Memoir: First Jobs Although I can laugh about it now, it is with slight trepidation that I reveal my response to Lisa Reiter’s Bite Size Memoir Prompt for this week. For years, I was so ashamed of this incident. After all, I didn’t just get fired from my first job, I also got…

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30 Day Book Marketing Challenge: It’s Just Beginning!

June 6, 2014
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30 Day Book Marketing Challenge: It’s Just Beginning!

Now is when the fun begins! This post is supposed to concisely present a few tidbits I learned from the 30 Day Book Marketing Challenge. Frankly, I am too overwhelmed to to do so! Am I the only one who feels like they just gorged themselves at an info-buffet? Phew! I tell ya, the last few…

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My Crack Hamster & To Do List Epiphany

June 4, 2014
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My recent epiphany about to-do lists! (photo & graphic by Tui Snider)

ROW80 & IWSG Check-ins Like windshield wipers that suddenly sync up, today is both a ROW80 and an IWSG (Insecure Writers Support Group) check-in date. Whee! I’ll start with IWSG: IWSG – Much To Do Lists About Nothing I love to do lists. They help me relax. Dumping all my ideas onto a piece of…

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Memoir Mondays & a Blog Hop for Non-Fiction

June 2, 2014
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Camping by the lake is divine! (photo by Tui Snider)

This Week’s #BiteSizeMemoir Prompt: Camping THE PLAN: I intended to spend the week reading books, swimming, stargazing, and sailing our little 12 foot boat. My sister had a tan to perfect, and fish to catch. My parents, I’m sure, simply wanted to relax. THE DISASTER: The August sun held out until we reached the lakeside…

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Deep Creek Cemetery in Boyd, Texas: From Pioneers & Comanches to Mickey Mouse & Folk Ballet

May 30, 2014
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Historic Deep Creek Cemetery in Boyd, Texas (photo by Tui Snider)

Researching Paranormal Texas My husband, Larry, and I recently visited a secluded and well-kept graveyard called Deep Creek Cemetery. We’ve been visiting a lot of historic cemeteries as research for my upcoming travel guide Paranormal Texas: Your Guide to Real Ghost Hunters & Haunted Places Near Dallas & Fort Worth. I don’t know why so…

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Memorial Day’s Surprising Origins

May 26, 2014
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Children placing flags on the veteran's graves in Weatherford, Texas

Memorial Day’s Surprising Origins Did you know that Memorial Day began as a remembrance for Union soldiers who lost their lives in the American Civil War (1861-1865)? After World War I, this federal holiday was changed to honor all men and women who lost their lives in any US military conflict, but before that Memorial…

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Bite Size Memoir: Fairies & Magic

May 22, 2014
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Bite Size Memoir: Fairies & Magic

What is Bite Size Memoir? Bite Size Memoir is a new writing project created by Lisa Reiter. Here’s how she describes it: Bite size memoir is designed to help anyone record some personal memoir in small manageable bites. There’s a prompt every week and some constraints to keep it small… Feel free to dip in…

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Florida Flashbacks & How Writing Research is like Gambling

May 21, 2014
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Florida Keys palm tree sunset (photo by Tui Snider)

I’ve got Florida on my mind Why am I posting a photo essay about Florida all of a sudden? My pal Morgan Dragonwillow recently vacationed there, so now I’m  daydreaming about a road trip down the Intercoastal Highway… I snapped these shots while dining near Key West. I can’t recall the name of the place, but…

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Granbury Paranormal Expo: Come & Get Your Woo-Woo On!

May 15, 2014
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Granbury Paranormal Expo: Come & Get Your Woo-Woo On!

Granbury Paranormal Expo If you live in north Texas and you get a kick out of “woo-woo” things, check out the Granbury Paranormal Expo this Saturday, May 17, 2014. The little town of Granbury has leapt into the spirit of things (pun intended!) with businesses all over town offering discounts to those who attend. Check…

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Jedi Mind Tricks for Writers: a.k.a. The Writing Process blog hop

May 12, 2014
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Jedi Mind Tricks for Writers: a.k.a. The Writing Process blog hop

Who is Holli Moncrieff? I met Holli Moncrieff last month via the 2014 April A to Z Challenge. Holli’s a dynamo as you can see from her bio: As a freelance journalist and editor, I’ve published thousands of articles in magazines and newspapers. I’ve just finished my fifth novel…a young adult book that’s a cross…

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IWSG & DFWcon: Because Writing Conferences & Insecurity Go Hand in Hand!

May 7, 2014
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IWSG & DFWcon: Because Writing Conferences & Insecurity Go Hand in Hand!

  IWSG & DFWcon ReCap I’m combining my DFWcon Recap along with an IWSG check-in because, in my case at least, writing conferences and writing insecurities go hand-in-hand! IWSG stands for “Insecure Writers Support Group.” It’s a monthly check-in, and this is my very first time joining the group. Hi, everyone! Last weekend was the…

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A to Z Reflections Post & a New Twitter Chat

May 5, 2014
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Dewdrops on clover (photo by Tui Snider)

A to Z Reflections Post The folks who organize the annual April A to Z blog Challenge have asked participants to leave feedback in a “Reflections Post.” Here’s mine: No Complaints I have no complaints about the A to Z Challenge. Like most things in life, the A to Z blog Challenge is only as…

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Z is for The Zimbabwean

April 30, 2014
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Poster made from Zimbabwe money (photo by Tui Snider)

The Trillion Dollar Campaign Today’s post features a photo I took at the British Museum. It’s a poster that is printed on actual African currency as part of an advertising campaign called the Trillion Dollar Campaign. This ad campaign was launched in 2009 by a newspaper called The Zimbabwean to call attention to rampant hyperinflation.…

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Y is for Yellow…Again!

April 29, 2014
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Y is for Yellow…Again!

Random Yellow Shots Today Yellow there! How are you? Yes, more yellowy shots from me today. Hey, it’s better than Jell-O shots… or not. Anyway, I’d already planned for Y to be yellow – way before I learned about the word Xanthic, which I used yesterday. Who knows, maybe I’ll discover a word starting with…

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X is for Xanthic Sky & Rainbow

April 28, 2014
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X is for Xanthic Sky & Rainbow

Phronistery is Phun for Word Nerds While hunting for words that start with the letter X, I came across a nifty site: Phronistery. It’s a website dedicated to unusual words. It’s well-organized and gives concise definitions. Fun! I’ve bookmarked it ‘cuz I’m a word nerd and I bet a bunch of you all are, too.…

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W is for World’s Smallest Skyscraper

April 26, 2014
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World's Smallest Skyscraper in Wichita Falls, TX (photo by Tui Snider)

The World’s Smallest Skyscraper Built in 1919, the Newby-McMahon Building in downtown Wichita Falls (701 La Salle, Wichita Falls, TX) is more commonly referred to as “the world’s smallest skyscraper.” J.D. McMahon was an engineer and oilman from Philadelphia who proposed adding a high-rise section to the original building to that it could house more…

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V is for Venice at Aqua Alta

April 25, 2014
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Venice, Italy during Acqua Alta (photo by Tui Snider)

High Tide in Venice Italy Venice is known for seasonal flooding called Acqua Alta. This “high water” is especially strong when wintry high tides coincide with a Mediterranean wind called a scirocco. Normally, I would avoid traveling to a city during a flood, but Venice is different. Acqua Alta is something Venetians have dealt with…

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U is for Unexpected Texas

April 24, 2014
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U is for Unexpected Texas

Shameless Plug Day! As we near the end of the alphabet, and the April A to Z blog challenge winds down, I found myself struggling to choose a topic for the letter U. Suddenly it dawned on me; I could blog about Unexpected Texas, the book I wrote thanks to the great response I got…

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T is for Tiki Bar in Miami

April 23, 2014
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Mai Kai tiki bar in Miami, FL (photo by Tui Snider)

Mai Kai Tiki Bar & Polynesian Dance Show If you are ever in Miami, I highly recommend checking out the Mai Kai Restaurant, an authentic old-style Tiki bar that has been around since 1956. If you are a retro-enthusiast, you will really get a kick out of this place and the slice of a by-gone…

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