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Month: June 2014

Wichita Falls, Texas: The World’s Smallest Skyscraper

The World’s Smallest Skyscraper Built in 1919, the Newby-McMahon Building in downtown Wichita Falls (701 La Salle, Wichita Falls, TX) is more commonly referred to as “the world’s smallest skyscraper.” Here’s the story behind this quirky structure and how it got its nickname: J.D. McMahon was an engineer and oilman from Philadelphia who breezed into Wichita Falls with blueprints to build a high-rise building in the downtown area. McMahon must have been a good talker, because it didn’t take him long to raise $200,000 (a fortune for that time) from local investors. The Difference Between Feet & Inches At a glance, it appeared…

Interviews, Events, & Appearances

Tui Snider’s Interviews, Events, & Appearances Check out this page periodically to see what I’m up to, including interviews, speaking engagements, book signings, and other fun events! If you know of an upcoming paranormal, writing, or travel-themed events you think I should attend or speak at, drop me an email at TuiSnider [@] gmail [.] com Books & Banter November 22, 2014 Lawton, OK More info here: Presentation & Book Signing from 2:00 – 6:00 p.m. Radio Interview: The Joe Show on AM 930 Progressive Talk October 27, 2014 More info here: Interview on The Joe Show on AM 930 Progressive Talk…

Venice Enchants – Even During Flood Season

High Tide in Venice Italy Venice is known for seasonal flooding called Acqua Alta. This “high water” is especially strong when wintry high tides coincide with a Mediterranean wind called a scirocco. Normally, I would avoid traveling to a city during a flood, but Venice is different. Acqua Alta is something Venetians have dealt with for centuries, and visiting the city during this time makes you feel like part of some ancient rhythm. As you can see in the photo below, they sell rubber boots for travelers who show up unprepared. I like how they made that W, too. Does…

Media Kit for Unexpected Texas by Tui Snider

Media Kit for Author, Tui Snider Terms of use: I, Tui Snider, give permission for any and all of the information and photos on this page to be used for promoting my books and other creative projects both in print and online publications. Interviews, Guest Posts, Articles & Speaking Engagements: I am available for interviews, guest posts, articles, and speaking engagements. To make arrangements, please email me at TuiSnider @ gmail . com. I look forward to hearing from you! Short Bio Tui Snider writes offbeat travel guides. Her Amazon Best Seller Unexpected Texas features overlooked places, while Paranormal Texas…

Bedford, Texas: Is Moxley Manor Haunted?

The following is an adapted excerpt from Paranormal Texas, my best-selling travel guide to haunted places and paranormal hot spots near Dallas and Fort Worth. Check it out if you enjoy learning historic haunted lore, or are looking for unusual road trip ideas in north Texas. This Texas Thrill House May Actually Be Haunted! While businesses often downplay or deny on-site paranormal activity, Moxley Manor has every reason to flaunt its strange occurrences. Why? Because it is a commercial haunted house attraction. Texans celebrate Halloween with gusto, and the last I counted, there were at least 24 commercial haunted house…

Undertow – What Genre is this Song?

Can you help me out? When people ask what kind of music I record, I flounder. I want to describe it accurately, but I don’t know how! Sure, I grew up playing classical piano. As a clarinetist, I’ve played jazz, too. I’ve been known to dink around on the guitar and flute, but when it comes to writing and recording my own songs… I never know what to call the result! What genre is this song? I realize that musical tastes vary greatly, but if you could please listen to my song “Undertow,” then leave a comment telling me what…

Much To-Do Lists About Nothing

Much To Do Lists About Nothing I love to do lists. They help me relax. Dumping all my ideas onto a piece of paper gets me out of my head. It helps me let go mentally, and focus in the moment. When I don’t write to do lists, I feel like a hamster on crack, unable to hop off its exercise wheel long enough to eat a tiny burrito. Not good! The problem with to do lists That said, since publishing Unexpected Texas, my to do list grew… and grew… and grew… In fact, it didn’t just grow, it became…

Fresh Donuts, with a Side of Misogyny

Bite Size Memoir: First Jobs Although I can laugh about it now, it is with slight trepidation that I reveal my response to Lisa Reiter’s Bite Size Memoir Prompt for this week. For years, I was so ashamed of this incident. After all, I didn’t just get fired from my first job, I also got arrested for the first (and only!) time: 1. I remember the smell of fresh donuts, and wearing shirts with sleeves I could roll down when bagging fresh-baked French bread, which would scratch up my arms, otherwise. 2. I remember my boss wearing a suit and…

Press Release: North Texas Ghost Hunter Debunks Springtown’s Glowing Tombstone

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: North Texas Ghost Hunter Debunks Springtown’s Glowing Tombstone North Texas author discovers the truth behind Veal Station Cemetery’s famous glowing grave – with photos to prove it. FORT WORTH, Texas – Oct. 7, 2014 — If you live in north Texas and enjoy true ghost stories, chances are you’ve heard of the mysterious glowing tombstone in Veal Station Cemetery near Springtown, Texas. Recalls Tui Snider, author of Paranormal Texas (ISBN-10: 1500766089, Amazon.com), “Springtown’s glowing grave was the first strange-but-true tale I heard when I moved to north Texas. I saw it on the news, read about it…

30 Day Book Marketing Challenge: It’s Just Beginning!

Now is when the fun begins! This post is supposed to concisely present a few tidbits I learned from the 30 Day Book Marketing Challenge. Frankly, I am too overwhelmed to to do so! Am I the only one who feels like they just gorged themselves at an info-buffet? Phew! I tell ya, the last few weeks were like Thanksgiving for the brain. I need to plop on the couch for a bit and digest all the things we’ve learned. I’m not complaining, though, because now is when the fun really begins! Now is when we get to implement all the…

My Crack Hamster & To Do List Epiphany

ROW80 & IWSG Check-ins Like windshield wipers that suddenly sync up, today is both a ROW80 and an IWSG (Insecure Writers Support Group) check-in date. Whee! I’ll start with IWSG: IWSG – Much To Do Lists About Nothing I love to do lists. They help me relax. Dumping all my ideas onto a piece of paper gets me out of my head. It helps me let go mentally, and focus in the moment. When I don’t write to do lists, I feel like a hamster on crack, unable to hop off its exercise wheel long enough to eat a tiny…

Media Kit for Paranormal Texas by Tui Snider

Media Kit for Author, Tui Snider Terms of use: I, Tui Snider, give permission for any and all of the information and photos on this page to be used for promoting my books and other creative projects both in print and online publications. Interviews, Guest Posts, Articles & Speaking Engagements: I am available for interviews, guest posts, articles, and speaking engagements. To make arrangements, please email me at TuiSnider @ gmail . com. I look forward to hearing from you! Short Bio Tui Snider writes offbeat travel guides. Her Amazon Best Seller Unexpected Texas features overlooked places, while Paranormal Texas…

Press Release: What Ghost Hunting Shows Don’t Want You to Know

  What Ghost Hunting Shows Don’t Want You to Know Why creep around at night when so many haunted places are active during the day? AZLE, Texas, 10/03/2014 – . If you watch ghost hunting shows on TV, you know the formula: paranormal groups laden with expensive technical equipment sneak around haunted buildings in the middle of the night. Tui Snider, author of Paranormal Texas (CreateSpace, 2014, ISBN-10: 1500766089, paperback $14.95, Kinlde $4.99, Amazon.com), finds these shows misleading. “There’s no cosmic rule saying paranormal activity only occurs at night. Nor do you need fancy equipment to experience a ghost.” According…

Memoir Mondays & a Blog Hop for Non-Fiction

This Week’s #BiteSizeMemoir Prompt: Camping THE PLAN: I intended to spend the week reading books, swimming, stargazing, and sailing our little 12 foot boat. My sister had a tan to perfect, and fish to catch. My parents, I’m sure, simply wanted to relax. THE DISASTER: The August sun held out until we reached the lakeside campground. First came the splats of big fat drops. This crescendoed to a steady downpour as we frantically pitched our tent. THE REALITY: No swimming, fishing, sailing, or tanning. Instead, we told stories and read books. We played card games and Scrabble. Mom won the…