`Why don’t you write a Book?’
About Texas Ranch Women?
That question, from an editor, launched a 15-year journey into the historic annals, interviews from horseback and from single-engine planes to find the stories that now appear in TEXAS RANCH WOMEN: THREE CENTURIES OF METTLE AND MOXIE, The History Press, Sept. 30 2014.
ALONG THE WAY…I discovered fascinating tales of TEXAS DAMES that didn’t fit the ranch book. These women—along with some ranchers and plantation owners—could not be ignored. I had to find a way to get their stories out. That became the newspaper column “Texas Dames” that ran weekly for over two years in a couple dozen newspapers in Texas communities.
Then, a sampling of some 53 of those 200 stories were published in 2012 by The History Press: TEXAS DAMES: SASSY AND SAVVY WOMEN THROUGHOUT LONE STAR HISTORY.
Now, I’m doing what I’ve encouraged writing students to do…
post blogs on a weekly basis:
| As with the books, I’ve found a way to tell more stories that I’ve discovered—about women, about Texas, her icons and her men. These stories, tales, yarns and fables run on Thursdays at www.texashistoryblog.com. I call this a “Texana on Thursdays…a front porch chat.” Join me if you will.
|Because I also teach writing, I’ve tons of writing info gathered over the last 14 years of teaching for the new or intermediate scribbler…or a seasoned vet who wants an update. These story and style tips play out on Wednesdays at www.scribblers.tips. I’ve subtitled this blog as “Weekly on Wednesdays…and sometimes more.”|