HOTXSINC February 12, 2017: Interdiction for the Protection of Children

Benefits of Joining SINC/HOTXSINC
HOTXSINC Membership/Dues
News from Our Members
Calls for Submissions
Workshops, Classes, Writing Groups
Prompts and Challenges
Selected Sites
Last Month’s Meeting
Editor’s Note


At the February 12 HOTXSINC meeting, Texas Ranger Cody Mitchell will speak about Child Interdiction, a program he helped develop to teach law enforcement officers, while doing their everyday duties, to recognize signs of missing, abducted, and exploited children. The program also teaches them to identify, in the absence of a child, indicators that an adult individual has or will offend against a child.

Texas Ranger Cody Mitchell
Texas Ranger Cody Mitchell

Law enforcement officials have conducted investigations based on these discoveries for several years, and have successfully saved many children and prevented additional children from behind victimized.

Ranger Mitchell has been building and teaching the program for the past eight years and has helped embed the training into the Texas Department of Public Safety Academy curriculum.  News of the program’s success in Texas has spread and he has helped teach these skills in over 26 states, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Academy, Great Britain, Australia. He has also helped the state police prepare for the last two  Super Bowls.

About Texas Ranger Cody Mitchell:

I have been in law enforcement for close to 20 years and have held positions with city, county, and state police, in positions ranging from patrol officer, highway patrol officer, violent crimes detective, and Texas Ranger.  I started my law enforcement carrier in the Rio Grande Valley, working for local agencies until joining DPS in 2005.  While assigned to Texas Highway Patrol I was stationed along IH 10 and worked from Houston to the Louisiana Border.  I was promoted to Texas Ranger in 2009 and was stationed in Austin, Texas, where I am currently stationed.  I am a part of Ranger Company F and provide service to four counties.  My area of expertise is Child Related and Sex Related crimes, including Sexual Deviancy.  I am the co-creator of the Interdiction for the Protection of Children program, which teaches officers how to locate and identify missing, abducted, and exploited children during normal duty tasks, such as while conducting traffic stops.  This also includes educating officers on techniques which enable them to recognize indicators that an adult individual has or will offend against a child. In addition to my current work load I also speak internationally about child related investigations and sexually motivated crimes.  I am the recipient of two medals of valor, a Directors Citation, and the 100 Club of Harris County Officer of the year award.


HOTXSINC meets from 2:15 to 4:00 p.m.the second Sunday of each month at the Yarborough Branch of the Austin Public Library. For more information, email JArquette (at) austin (dot) rr (dot) com.

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Benefits of Joining SINC/HOTXSINC

  • Sell your books at the HOTXSINC booth at the annual Texas Book Festival.
  • Announce your publications, signings, presentations, etc., on the HOTXSINC website.
  • Publish your work in HOTXSINC publications.
  • Take part in HOTXSINC chapter challenges.
    and more.

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HOTXSINC dues are due.

For local membership, send check to

Dave Ciambrone, Treasurer
Sisters In Crime: Heart of Texas Chapter
4500 Williams Drive Suite 212-334
Georgetown, TX 78633

Membership form is here.

Note: Members of HOTXSINC must also join national Sisters in Crime. Follow instructions on the SINC website: You may join/renew national membership online or by mail.

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Members: Email news you’d like to share to kathywaller1 at gmail dot com for inclusion in the next web post.

Members who are published authors: Send a head shot and title/publisher of your books. For short stories or articles, send titles and places of publications. For anything published under a pseudonym, include pseudonym. This info will be published on an Author page. ~ kathywaller1 at gmail dot com

Members: We need content for the HOTXSINC blog: Reviews of books/magazines/TV programs and series/movies (250 – 300 words); website/book/story, etc., recommendations (title, publisher, link, two or three sentences); essays/articles about mysteries, authors, writing, exhibits (Remember the Poe exhibit at the Harry Ransom?)… Share information about publications/events you’ve read, viewed, enjoyed.  ~ kathywaller1 at gmail dot com

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News from Our Members

  • RIVER CITY DEAD, Aggie Mundeen Mystery #4, by Nancy G. West will came out January 17.
    “The characters are believable and the plot is fascinating. Fast-paced, intriguing, and like an Agatha Christie novel…River City Dead is one adventure I highly recommend to all. ”  ~ Danielle Urban, Goodreads
  • In February, Nancy G. West will participate as a panelist on CRIME SOLVING COUPLES: The Benefits, Challences, and Pitfalls of Writing About Crime-solving Duos, MWA’s Florida chapter writers’ event. Other panelists will be Robin Burcell and Carol J. Perry. Nancy J. Cohen will moderate.

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Calls for Submissions 

Knife Challenge

–from Eugenia Parrish
–to members of HOTXSINC 

eugenia-parrish-knife-0109171014At the HoTSinC meeting on January 8, I offered a writing challenge to the members, with this knife as the prize. The parameters are taken from Ellery Queen magazine’s guidelines for a short story, which are between 2500 and 8000 words (approx 10 to 32 pages depending on the font, word processor, etc.)  For those who weren’t there, the knife is a “hunting knife” of 8.5″ overall length and a blade of 4″.  Surgical steel blade, Paka wood handle and comes with a leather sheath.

I wish I could accept emailed manuscripts, but I’m just not set up for it, so at the next meeting, Feb 12, everyone give me their printed out manuscript with their name on, of course, and the word count.  We will announce our winner at the March meeting at Bookpeople.  We are all pros, but I’ll just mention that the font should be pretty standard, like Times New Roman, nothing fancy or hard to read, and the usual size 12 or 14.  Please no pink paper!

The story has to be a crime/mystery that includes the knife in this picture.  It doesn’t necessarily have to be THE weapon, just in the story somewhere.
I look forward to reading some great stuff!

2016-17 “Chaos” Call for Submissions

–from Texas Mountain Trail Writers
–to Members of Texas Mountain Trail Writers

March 15, 2017, DEADLINE for Submissions for Chaos,
the yearly publication of the Texas Mountain Trail Writers

This is a call for submissions for the 2016-17 Chaos West of the Pecos, the yearly publication of the Texas Mountain Trail Writers.

All paid current members are invited to submit up to 4 manuscripts or poems with total word count no more than 6000. Your dues must be current (dues’ year is April 30, 2016, to April 29, 2017). To check on your status you may contact our treasurer, Jacqueline Siglin at


More information at Texas Mountain Trail Writers

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Workshops, Classes, Writing Groups…

15 Minutes of Fame, a writing practice group, meets the third Saturday of the month at Twin Oaks Branch Library, 1800 S. Fifth (corner of S. Fifth and W. Mary), Austin, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon. Participants do timed writings, then read aloud what they’ve written (but only if they want to read aloud). Strictly recreation–no critiques.


Write the Book – Starts 2/1/2017
Form in Creative Nonfiction – Starts 2/16/2017
Life Cycle of a Mini Comic/Zine – Starts 2/6/2017


Friday Fictioneers
Friday Fictioneers write 100-word stories based on photographs. A photo prompt is posted every Tuesday; stories are due the by following Friday. Post story and photo on your blog, link to stories of other Friday Fictioneers, and then read and comment on what your fellow have written. Find instructions and photo prompts at Rochelle Wisoff-Fields – Addicted to Purple.

For examples from HOTXSINC members see Tresha Barger’s posts:
First Day
A Journey
Rembrandt Rustlers
Home Alone
… and search her blog for many others.

Or Kathy Waller’s posts:
Pogo Stick
I Told You

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Prompts and Challenges

WordPress: The Daily Post

Photo Challenges

Discover Challenges

Daily Prompts

Friday Fictioneers

Blogging fro A to Z Challenge [April 2017]

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Selected Sites  

Nightstand Book Reviews

The Agatha Awards for 2016

39 Weeks: 39 Blogs Everyone Should Follow in 2017

Authors Hall of Fame Guidelines

Scribophile Writing Academy

Kristin Lamb’s Blog

W.A.N.A. Tribe: We Are Not Alone

The Stiletto Gang


Thanks to The Passive Voice* for the following links:

*The Passive Voice

*Technology Is the Worst Thing to Ever Happen to Me

*“You Can Write a Best-Seller and Still Go Broke”

*The Industry Finally Acknowledges Indies Are Authors

*DBW ’17: Why are print sales up? Data Guy gives his reason—and it isn’t adult coloring books


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Last Month’s Meeting

Dave Ciambrone presented Death by Firearms or, What Really Happens When You Shoot Someone.


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Editor’s Note
Don’t forget to send a head shot and titles of your published books and stories to kathywaller1 at gmail dot com. If you wish, send links to your blog/webpage and publications.

~ Edited by Kathy Waller

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