HOTXSINC Meeting: April 8, 2018 @ Cafe Express

Our mission is to promote
the ongoing advancement, recognition,
and professional development of women crime writers.
                                             ~ SINC Mission Statement

Program: Michael Noll on the Writers League of Texas
Upcoming Programs
The Word on Our Members
Blog Challenge: Blogging From A to Z

Selected Sites
Subscribe to
Nolo Contendere


Writers’ League of Texas Program Director Michael Noll, author of the recently published book The Writer’s Field Guide to the Craft of Fiction, will discuss strategies for solving problems of character, scene, plot, and structure. A great way to find such strategies is by doing close readings of great writing and adapting the techniques gleaned from these close readings to your own work. The approach presented by the book and his blog, Read to Write Stories, is used in more than three dozen university classrooms around the country. This presentation will offer practical tips for reading like a writer, plus a preview of upcoming Writers’ League programming that could help with your writing and publishing goals.


Michael Noll is the author of The Writer’s Field Guide to the Craft of Fictionthe Program Director at the Writers’ League of Texas, and the editor of Read to Write Stories, where he posts writing exercises based on published work and interviews authors about the craft behind their novels, stories, and essays. His short stories have been published widely, including in The Best American Mystery Stories anthology.



Sisters in Crime Heart of Texas Chapter meets monthly on the second Sunday of the month, at 2:15 p.m. at Cafe Express,  3418 N. Lamar, Austin 78705512 452-9888

For information about the Heart of Texas Chapter contact Joyce Arquette, Publicity, (512) 266-6543.

Check out our blog/newsletter, HOTSHOTS!, at


The first thing we see about a story is its mystery.
And in the best stories, we return at last to see mystery again.
Every good story has mystery, not the puzzle kind, but the mystery of allurement.
~ Eudora Welty


Upcoming Programs

May 20 – the 3rd Sunday: Ed Martin, former U. S. Treasury agent, now private investigator at Sage Investigationson Breaking the Madalyn Murray O’Hair Kidnapping/Murder Case

June 10: K9 Unit Leader Elizabeth Bryant, Travis County Search and Rescue


I believe I could commit a crime. We all can.
It depends on which situations we find ourselves in.
In despair, I would steal food if my children were hungry. ~ Karin Fossum


The Word on Our Members

Laura Oles’ “Family Matters and Writing” appeared on Women Writers, Women’s Books (March 2).


Patty Flaherty Pagan of Houston has a new collection of crime, literary & speculative short stories, and flash fiction, ENDURING SPIRIT, coming from Spider Road Press in May 2018.


NoreenCedeño, KP Gresham, Helen Currie Foster, and Dave Ciambrone have joined the blogging team at Writing Wranglers and Warriors. Recent posts there by HoTXSinC members:

M. K. Waller, “Inspiration, Suspiration, Desperation, Broccoli” (March 1); and “Four-Sentence Book Review: A Broom of One’s Own” (March 7)
Noreen Cedeño, “A Plantain Is Not the Same Thing as a Banana: Merging Family Menus” (March 6)
KP Gresham, “I Love Research and Nolan Ryan,” (March 13)
Helen Currie Foster, “The Deep Dive” (March 19)
Dave Ciambrone, “Finding the Muse” (March 22) and “Your Characters Talk to You?” (March 25)


Blog Challenge

Blogging From A to Z

Starts Sunday, April 1. The last day to sign up is March 31–click here for instructions.


I think it was Freud who said that we’re all arrested at a certain age.
For me, it was always 13. ~ Megan Abbott



Upcoming Events

Events listed below appear on the blog Texas Book Lover: Great books and all things Texas. Check Texas Book Lover for info on calls for submissions, workshops, conferences, book clubs, and other topics related to reading and writing.

Austin International Poetry Festival, April 5-8, 2018

Dallas Book Festival, April 7, 2018
Lone Star LesFic Festival, Austin, April 7, 2018

San Antonio Book Festival, April 7, 2018

North Texas Book Festival, Denton, April 7, 2018

 Brazos Valley Book Festival, College Station, April 14, 2018
 National Book Awards Festival, Huntsville, April 16-17, 2018
Poetry at Round Top, April 20-22, 2018
North Texas Teen Book Festival, Irving, April 20-21, 2018
Valley International Poetry Festival, McAllen, April 26-29, 2018\
Authors in the Park, Austin, April 28


Life, too, is senseless unless you know who you are, what you want,
and which way the wind blows.~ Ellen Raskin


Selected Sites

What Editors Want

What Mystery Propels Your Novel?

The articles below were shared on The Passive Voice.

Amazon Severs Ties With Top Lobbying Firms Washington

Facebook to simplify privacy controls amid anger over breach

Four by Royko

Another Downtown bookstore was destined for closure. Then these buyers called.

Microsoft Quietly Rolls Out Its E-bookstore

Romance community be warned: Amazon is stripping rankings from titles

You can now get a PhD in creativity

Mickey Spillane’s Work Keeps Coming, 12 Years After His Death

Tracking the slow, sad death of Barnes & Noble via data

Exclusive: Amazon aims to turn Alexa into a real-time universal language translator

B&N Third Quarter: Sales Drop 5.3%; Net Loss of $63.5M

Barnes & Noble drops after soft quarter

I have forgotten how to read

How to Create New Book Habits

The 15 Most Memorable On-Screen Bookstores

In Praise of Negative Reviews

On Bad Reviews

Measuring Fair Use: The Four Factors

Measuring Fair Use: The Four Factors

Common Examples of Fair Use

Walmart Beat Netflix and Amazon to Video on Demand but Still Lost

The Basics of Using Styles in MS Word

Characters in Cars Thinking, or, How to Deal with the Passage of Time

Right of publicity not a right to control one’s own image by censoring disagreeable portrayals, says appeals court in de Havilland case

How to Develop Buyer Personas Using Facebook Insights

The profits from publishing: authors’ perspective

Using Third Person vs First Person Novel Narratives

The Advice Columnists Who Prescribe Literature as Medicine

7 Books About Different Writing Lives

Insect Photographer Sues Pest Control Company for $2.7 Million

Hundreds protest college’s proposal to drop humanities for more practical majors

President Donald Trump Slams Amazon Over Taxes It Pays and Impact on Other Businesses


The library is what keeps us a step ahead of the apes. ~ Dana Stabenow


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