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Planning Writing Events or I’ll get to the mystery part

I’m reblogging my own article on Austin Mystery Writers to Crime Ladies

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By Gale Albright


It puts you right to sleep, doesn’t it?

Not necessarily. I’m one of those strange people who likes to plan and organize events, mostly involving writers and writing.

120px-Orson_Welles-Citizen_Kane1As a child I showed signs of being a producer-director. Move over, Orson Welles and David O. Selznick. I’d create my own radio plays, improvise the script, sound effects (old-fashioned wooden couch arms were good for making horse galloping noises), all the acting parts (animal and human), and commercial breaks.

David O. SelznickMy Uncle Ras brought me a lovely little theater set, complete with cardboard characters, all cunningly controlled with magnets manipulated underneath the stage. I spent many happy, drama-drenched hours producing shows. One of my best toys ever.

Many years ago, when people asked what I would do if money was no object, I said I wanted to own a regional community theater and be producer-director-actor-playwright-ticket seller-publicity person. Usher…

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March 2015

HOTSHOTS! Sisters in Crime Heart of Texas monthly newsletter

 Anna Castle March 8 program

Learn to Plot from Agatha Christie, the Queen of Crime

castle_72dpiAnna Castle, Sisters in Crime: Heart of Texas chapter’s secretary/historian, is “happily embarked on the adventure of indie publishing.” She will tell you everything you want to know about Agatha Christie’s “sneaky plot tricks” and show their relevance to modern mysteries.


“Anna Castle writes two series: the Francis Bacon mysteries and the Lost Hat, Texas mysteries. She has earned a series of degrees — BA in the Classics, MS in Computer Science, and a Ph.D in Linguistics — and has had a corresponding series of careers — waitressing, software engineering, grammar-writing, assistant professor, and archivist. Writing fiction combines her lifelong love of stories and learning. She physically resides in Austin, Texas and mentally counts herself a queen of infinite space.”

 April 19 Program

The Art of the Book Cover

Award-winning graphic artist Rebecca Byrd Bretz will speak…

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