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Do We Have AGENTS!

Okay, my writerly friends! The Writers’ League of Texas Agents Conference is just around the corner, and we have a special online-only promotion going: If you register for the Conference from today through Sunday, you can SAVE 20% on your registration!

If you’ve been dreaming about writing a book, now’s your chance. Not only do we have some fabulous agents (Joe Veltre, Rebecca Oliver, Susan Schulman, Laura Rennert, and more!) and editors, but we also have industry expert Jane Friedman serving as our keynote speaker — and she’ll even do some on-the-spot query letter critiques as well as presenting “Is the Book Dead? WHO CARES!”  We’ll have the latest info on where publishing is going and why it’s a great time to be an author.

New this year is the First and Last Pitch sessions, in which panels of agents will give fast feedback to anonymous pitches.(For a preview of the schedule, click here.)

We have a lot of great information posted on the WLT’s Scribe blog (such as a Q&A with Penguin editor Beena Kamlani), and we’ll be Tweeting all about it at #WLTCon.

But don’t miss out on the fun. Sign up today and make that commitment to taking your writing career to the next level! Use the code BLITZ when you checkout to get your discount; offer expires at 11:59 p.m. CST on Sunday, June 5.


The ComPOOst Experiment

As the Girl to two charming dogs and one particular cat, I deal with what metaphysicians cheerfully refer to as “elimination” on a daily basis. Consuelo and Violet are Cavalier King Charles spaniels — small dogs with a big name and, thankfully, their daily deposits are small although quite regular (the little poopers are pictured, V on the left, C on the right). And after glorious years of being the perfect indoor/outdoor cat, Miss Edina has reverted to the litterbox. As much as I don’t like that, it was either that or constant surprises on my bathroom rugs.

With all of the poo-filled plastic bags going into my trash can then straight to the landfill, I’ve been wondering if there’s a more environmentally correct way to deal with these elimination issues. But with conventional composting wisdom warning against dog and cat contributions to compost heaps, I wasn’t sure what to do.

I ran this quadary by my good friend Renee Studebaker, who “cultivates” the superb Renee’s Roots gardening (and more) blog. Renee has a fabulous organic garden and is something of a composting queen. She suggested digging a poo hole and then adding dog/cat waste and layering it with dirt and leaves like a regular compost pile. Just let it sit, on its own, away from the other compost pile, and it will eventually become its own compost, she said.

Renee’s suggestion made perfect sense to me. So I asked her if she’d take me on as her comPOOst experiment. We’ll do the hole in my yard and see what decomposes!

So stay tuned for more scoop on the poop!

Go Big Red! And Go Big Read — that woul

Go Big Red! And Go Big Read — that would be the Texas Book Festival #Huskers

#1: Cruisin’ With Carol (Part 3: Cruise Rules)

One thing we did come up with throughout the trip were our Cruise Rules:

  1. Always take the stairs instead of elevators (Carol instigated this rule on earlier cruises, and with all of the various decks, this rule probably kept me from taking evidence of Rule #6, below, home with me!).
  2. What Not to Wear: Anything with letters across the tush, no matter what age (inspired by a flimsy jogging suit with rhinestone letters across hips that were definitely too wide).
  3. No braids: Oh, sure, every shop in Cozumel offers Bo Derek-in-Ten braids and beads. But come on –– no one who got braided looks anything like Bo Derek.
  4. Cell phones need to be worked out before arriving in Mexico!
  5. Sign & sail cards will almost always have some type of problem at some point.
  6. Dessert is mandatory!
  7. Stop at every photo opportunity and POSE! (rule courtesy of the Suite Bunch).
  8. T-shirts bought in Cozumel should stay behind on the ship, especially those that have anything to do with certain parts of the male/female anatomy.

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