Where do I begin? Back at the beginning? That’s almost 50 years ago. How about halfway through? On January 20, 2008, yours truly will be reaching that half-a-century mark. To commemorate the occasion, I decided to create a list of 50 Fabulous Firsts and document them in this blog.

Here’s a bit about me: I am Cyndi Hughes, the president of Cynthia Hughes Literary Management in Austin, Texas, a firm that provides publicity, editorial, and consulting services to authors and publishers. I was fortunate enough to serve as the founding director of the Texas Book Festival, which was founded by First Lady Laura Bush in 1996. Most recently, I served as producer of the 2007 Kansas Book Festival (for more on all of that, see my Web site). Before that, I was an editor at Texas Monthly and the Austin American-Statesman. The good news is, I have always loved books, so my career path has been quite wonderful!

tdog-his-baby-tiny.jpgWhen I’m not immersed in the literary world, I coddle Thunder Dog (left) and Patsy Clementine and Edina the Cat. Being an incorrigible Capriquarian or Aquaricorn (hey, I’m a cusp girl!), I’m somewhat of a Renaissance chick. What other avid reader, aspiring chef, spiritual/social butterfly who doesn’t like bugs or getting dirty LOVES football, baseball, and basketball (Go Big Red! Rock Chalk, Jayhawk! UT baseball! Cubs! Red Sox!). Then there’s the whole music, movies, museums, art fixation. And let’s not forget my past and future lives in France and Italy (c’est la tour Eiffel, n’est-ce pas?).cyndis-tattoo-tiny.jpg

If we go back a bit further in time, I’ll have to admit to being a BRAT (as in Air Force) who ended up in scenic Nebraska and Kansas. And yes, I was the Harlan County (Neb) Spelling Bee Champ in eighth grade and runner-up at the Colby High School Snowflake Swirl. I’ve been known to spend Thanksgiving in tears on those years when Nebraska lost to Oklahoma. As for music, I still can’t explain how I made the transition from the Cowsills and David Cassidy to Todd Rundgren, Pink Floyd, the Stones, and Led Zeppelin, to name a few.

Well, that’s a glimpse. Perhaps as the 50 Fab Firsts progress, more will be revealed. All in good time, my friends.

And now, on with the blog!

1 Response to “Who’s Behind These Fabulous Firsts?”

  1. 1 nettie hartsock September 8, 2008 at 4:05 pm


    I love this blog!


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