Publicity Stunted

A couple of weeks ago, the day my book released, my good friend Sherry from Montana called to say she needed to buy an extra copy. Apparently she listens to Outlaw Country on XM Radio and decided that singer-DJ-radio-host Elizabeth Cook needed a copy of Honky Tonk Debutante so she could talk about it on [...]

Coco Van. That’s like French Food, right?

Since my book released six whole days ago I feel like I am just starting to catch my breath after a rigorous autumn filled with near-unattainable deadlines careening toward me in what felt like an unceasing, suffocating pattern. Don’t listen to a word I say, I love this writer’s life! I am starting to realize [...]

Extra Seasoning

As I was thinking about, but not actually engaging in, the Great Christmas Cleanup, I posted this picture on Instagram last night with the hashtags #toeverything and #turnturnturn. Time to part with the Christmas flower arrangements just as the roses are really open and luscious. But on a practical note, I have to pack the [...]

Go Ahead, Judge a Book by Its Cover

I can honestly say I have never worked harder on anything in my life. I don’t know why this book project has mushroomed into such a massive endeavor, but it has. The work is rewarding and the motivation to hold the end-result in my hand is becoming more and more of a carrot. And we’re [...]

Armadillos Breed Four At A Time, With One Exception

This past week I had the mind-blowing opportunity to meet some of the innovative personalities behind Austin’s venerable 1970s live music venue, The Armadillo World Headquarters. The Armadillo WHQ represents a decade of music, art and community that forever altered the landscape of this city and is largely responsible for it becoming The Live Music [...]

A Crinkle In Time

Here’s a quick recap of the last best food I will have in Austin for awhile. (I’ll only be gone two weeks, so don’t feel too sorry for me. Some of you might have an idea where I am headed based on the unintentional embedded clue in the previous sentence.) But I took a break [...]

Sorry I Just Hit You With My Ukulele

These were the first words uttered to me by my new writer friend, Jennifer, who sat next to me on my flight from Houston to Austin this morning. She did, in fact, lightly whack me with her ukulele as she eased into her place in 2C just to my right, but it was ever so [...]

Because Moonpies Are The Best Kinda Country

These Moonpies pair infinitely better with Lone Star beer than RC Cola but they are no less traditional. Traditional country music, that is. This past Wednesday night my friend Shelley and I ventured out to Austin’s venerable honky-tonk, The Broken Spoke to checkout redhot local sensation, Mike and The Moonpies. Between the timeless setting at [...]

And Tomorrow Starts The Same Old Thing Again

When I was a kid my parents used to host their own Willie Nelson 4th of July Picnic “Satellite” parties in our backyard in Dallas. They were fairly epic. To resurrect that tradition I thought it would be fun to have a celebration last night in honor of Willie’s 80th birthday. With the help of [...]