FOXTROT. Do You Copy, Mon?

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OSCAR MOTEL GULF we just had the best trip to the Bahamas! Last week was spring break so Tom, Sophie and I traveled to Exuma along with my parents. It was a week filled with fishing, food, friends and family – basically this post is brought to you by the letter “F”. F IS FOR [...]

To Be a Rock and Not To Roll

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We’ve been in Mobile, home of the original Mardi Gras, for the past several days soaking up the revelry. I have learned some of the local terminology over the past few years, throwing around phrases such as “when does the parade roll”…”the parade rolls at six”…”is it still going to roll in this weather?” Well [...]

Publicity Stunted

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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?

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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 [...]

The Honky Tonk Bird Has Landed

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  My new book is now available! I am delighted to report that Honky Tonk Debutante has released. Finally. It has been such a journey to bring this project to fruition. Months upon months of outlining, research, writing and editing. Photo permissions, cover design, printing, binding. I am proud, happy, exhausted, excited. You name it. Honky [...]

Extra Seasoning

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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

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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

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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 [...]

The Last Best Retrace

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I know, I know, it’s been forever since I’ve posted. And I have missed you! It was a fantastic summer juggling family trips with near-obsessive work on my next book. Whew. As of yesterday the manuscript is safely tucked away with the editor, so I have some breathing room to come back to FFC and chat [...]

A Crinkle In Time

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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 [...]

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