Row80 check-in: Blog Hopping vs. Smoking Breaks

August 1, 2012
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Steampunk still life (photo by Tui Snider)

What is ROW80? ROW80 is an online writer support group. It’s kinda like AA, except that we’re here to enable each other’s addition! For a serious explanantion, check out: the official ROW80 website. My ROW80 Round 3 Goals: Post a ROW80 Check-in each Wednesday: Yup, I did! Two blog posts per week: Yes, I managed…

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Traveler’s Show & Tell: Dracula, Hogwarts & Cozumel

July 30, 2012
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Parker County peaches from Weatherford, TX (photo by Tui Snider)

Welcome to the July 30th, 2012 edition of Traveler’s Show and Tell. This edition of the Traveler’s Show and Tell blog carnival is another big one, featuring travel-related posts and photo essays from a whopping 24 travel bloggers. I hope you enjoy this vicarious trip around the world. This Week’s Travelers   Violeta Matei presents…

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ROW80 Check-in: Pleasure Reading & Handwritten Journals

July 25, 2012
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Greenman door knocker at Chandor Gardens in Weatherford, TX (photo by Tui Snider)

What is ROW80? ROW80 is kinda like an online weight loss support group for writers, except that rather than losing anything, we’re here to support each other in gaining more and more words. For a more coherent explanation check out the official ROW80 website. My ROW80 Round 3 Goals: Post a ROW80 Check-in each Wednesday:…

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Historic Petrified Wood Tourist Camp & Gas Station in Decatur, Texas

July 23, 2012
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Historic Petrified Wood Travel Station in Decatur, Texas (photo by Tui Snider)

Texas Tourist Camp In 1927, E.F. Boydston bought a feed lot in Decatur, Texas and turned it into the Texas Tourist Camp. As grand as that sounds, in the beginning, it was merely a gas station that offered campsites. Next came a restaurant, which started as the Texas Lunchroom, but soon became known as the…

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iPhone Photo Essay: Chandor Gardens, the Secret Gardens of Weatherford, Texas

July 16, 2012
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Chandor Gardens in Weatherford, Texas (photo by Tui Snider)

Best Kept Secret in Weatherford, Texas Twenty-five miles west of Fort Worth lies a beautifully landscaped garden in the Historic District of Weatherford, Texas. This lush oasis was created by the internationally renowned portrait artist, Douglas Chandor, and his wife, Ina. Chandor Gardens is such an unspoiled treasure that, I must confess, part of me…

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The Fort Worth Texas Stockyards: Where the West Begins

July 13, 2012
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Fort Worth Stockyards (photo by Tui Snider)

The Fort Worth Stockyards: Where the West Begins For those craving a wild west experience in north Texas, the Fort Worth Stockyards is the place to go. This is where you can ride a mechanical bull, watch a gunfight reenactment, buy custom-made cowboy boots, hang out in a honkytonk, see the opry, witness a cattledrive,…

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It’s Wednesday, so it must be Row80

July 11, 2012
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I can haz longhorn? (photo by Tui Snider)

My ROW80 Check in If it were Thursday, I’d say that it must be Belgium, but since it’s Wednesday, all of us folks afflicted with writerly obsessions know that it is, in fact, time for a #ROW80 check-in! I got sick and missed my day job yesterday. As a result, my recollections of yesterday are…

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Alien Gravesite in Aurora Cemetery: The Roswell of Texas?

July 9, 2012
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Headstone at alien gravesite in Aurora, Texas (photo by Tui Snider)

Like many older graveyards, Aurora Cemetery has a Texas State Historical Marker. While pioneers, cattlemen, farmers and soldiers often figure prominently on such signs, what makes this historical marker so unusual is that it mentions a spaceship crash in 1897, and that this cemetery is where the alien's body is buried!

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Row80: Focused, not Fuzzy for Round 3

July 5, 2012
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Interesting fortune cookie for a writer. (photo by Tui Snider)

ROW80 Round 2: Fun, but Fuzzy As some of you may recall, I ended round 2 of ROW80 realizing that I need clarity. Don’t get me wrong, round 2 was inspiring, but that inspiration sent my creative self spinning off into many different directions. My creativity got fuzzy and frayed. I ended ROW80 Round 2…

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