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New Headstone for Aurora, Texas UFO Crash Space Alien Grave

50 Years before The Roswell Incident The following is an adapted excerpt from Unexpected Texas, my quirky travel guide to offbeat and overlooked day trips near Dallas and Fort Worth: You’ve probably heard of the alleged spaceship crash from 1947 that took place in the desert of New Mexico. Known as “The Roswell Incident” this is arguably the most famous case in UFO history. Yet here in Texas, there exists an alleged spaceship crash – complete with an alien body – which took place 50 years earlier! So imagine how excited I was to find out that I live a…

#IWSG Yes, I’ve got a Crystal Ball. (I just don’t know how to use it!)

December IWSG: It’s that time of the month again. Wait, that doesn’t sound right! What I mean is that it’s time to write an #IWSG post. (What’s that, you ask? Scroll down; I explain it there!)     IWSG Question of the Month As for my writing insecurities this month, they tie right into the #IWSG question of the month, which is: DECEMBER’S QUESTION: In terms of your writing career, where do you see yourself five years from now, and what’s your plan to get there? With 2016 winding down, I’ve been looking back at the year, assessing where I…

The Ebenezer Scrooge of Halloween

83 going on 6! How can it already be November? Am I the only one who feels like we reached this point too quickly? Like, did we skip a couple months this year? I’m still struggling to adjust to my 83-year-old father-in-law living with us. Bob has the early stages of dementia, so there’s a balancing act between keeping an eye on him and letting him do what he wants. Since my husband works outside of the house, my days are spent Bob-sitting. This has been a huge adjustment for me these past two months. Frankly, it’s akin to having…

Trick or Treat Reads – Get Your Free Books Here!

Free Books as Halloween Treats Three years ago, my pal and fellow author, Patricia Lynne had a brilliant idea. She calls it Trick-or-Treat reads, and here’s how she describes it: For those of you who don’t know, Trick-or-Treat Reads is a Halloween event where authors put their books for free and readers go trick-or-treating to get the books. BOOKS ARE THE CANDY!     My Freebies for You: For this year’s Trick-or-Treat Reads, I’m offering: 2 books, 1 CD, and a 50+ page sample chapter. Whee! Take your pick or grab ’em all:  (I’m giving these items away from Halloween 30th,…

True Ghost Story Round-up

Want to read True Ghost Stories? Even though I research and explore haunted places all year round, when Halloween nears, this site gets even more searches than usual from readers looking for true ghost stories. In fact, I love paranormal stories so much I even wrote a travel guide to haunted hot spots here in north Texas. (It’s called Paranormal Texas – check it out!) I also share a lot of true ghost stories right here on my website. To save you the hassle of finding them yourself, I’ve made a handy dandy list for you. So scroll on down and dive…

True Ghost Story Anthology via @Teal_Gray & @TuiSnider – Call for Submissions:

Ghostly Doubles & Vanishing Places Have you ever seen a ghostly double, a.k.a. a Doppelganger? Have you ever visited a building only to find it had vanished upon your return, or had an item mysteriously vanish and then return? If so, check out this exciting call for submissions from Teal Gray:   Call for Submissions: True Ghost Encounters Call for Submissions: “I Am the Haunted House!” by Teal L. Gray, Editors: Teal L. Gray and Tui Snider (Hey, that’s me!)   Hello Authors, I am looking to add true accounts to my collection of personal tales of interactions with ghosts and entities…

They’ve got me surrounded!

The dust is still settling… Wow! This last month REALLY zipped by. I’ve been home from my writing residency for 3 weeks now, and the dust is still settling from all the tornadic changes around here. First off, my elderly father-in-law, Bob, moved in with us. He’s in great physical shape but has some early stage dementia issues, so we have to keep a close eye on him. Sometimes, though, it’s humorous. (The other morning, for example, he told us he’d fed that cats. The cats, however, were meowing as if they had not been fed. Turns out Bob had put pellets for…

A Wild Ride & a New Kitty! #LangdonReview #VisitGranbury

A wild ride Wow! What a wild ride these past few weeks have been for me! Lots of good things are going on with my writing, but my hubby and I had some behind the scenes drama with his elderly father. He lives alone and some sweet talking scammers decided to talk him out of as much of his hard earned money as they could. Long story short, we beamed him up from Florida to Texas to live with us. While this was going on, I’ve been staying at a cozy guesthouse in Granbury, Texas – a quaint little town…

PhotoWalk in Granbury, Texas #LangdonReview #VisitGranbury

You’re invited to a PhotoWalk If you like taking pictures, join me for a fun-filled photowalk! As part of my community outreach requirements as the writer-in-residence for the Langdon Review, I’m leading a photowalk through the historic town square of Granbury, Texas. [This post is part of a series of updates as the 2016 Writer-in-Residence for the Langdon Review. ] What is a PhotoWalk? A photowalk is when a group of shutterbugs stroll through a picturesque spot as a group while taking pictures of anything interesting that catches their eye along the way. Granbury’s historic town square is chock full of historic architecture,…

Of Cats & Men #LangdonReview #VisitGranbury

…and by men, I mean “my husband.” My husband is not particularly fond of cats. So while I’m in Granbury, Texas for my creative residency, Larry will have a chance to bond with Ms. Kalliope – or, at least, that is what I’m hoping for!   [This post is part of a series of daily updates as the 2016 Writer-in-Residence for the Langdon Review. If you missed a day, or this is your first time here, click here to see the other posts.] Clueless about cats My hubby is a smart guy, and a jack-of-all-trades, but when it comes to…

#LangdonReview #VisitGranbury Come to My Senses – a dream pop debut by Tui Snider

Album inspired by the Langdon Review For today’s update, I wanted to briefly touch on my music. My debut album is called “Come to My Senses” and features 10 original songs that I wrote and performed using mostly guitar, clarinet, flute, and synthesizers. This album was inspired by my writing residency in Granbury, Texas for the Langdon Review. I’m no good at figuring out genres, but listeners tell me it’s: mystical, ethereal, dream pop, folk, folktronica.  What do you think? Take a listen and tell me in a comment below. [This post is part of a series of daily updates as the 2016 Writer-in-Residence for the Langdon Review.…

#LangdonReview #VisitGranbury Meme, Myself & iPhone by Tui Snider

Meme, Myself & iPhone For today’s update, I wanted to briefly describe Meme, Myself & iPhone, which is a little book inspired by my upcoming writing residency for the Langdon Review. It showcases 12 of my favorite iPhone photos as well as the lyrics to my debut dream pop album, “Come to My Senses.” I also briefly reveal the story behind each song and photo. I’m keeping today’s update short. The graphic below explains my book in more detail. If you have any questions or comments, leave a comment below! [This post is part of a series of daily updates as the 2016 Writer-in-Residence…

#LangdonReview #VisitGranbury Travel, Texture & Angels – Photo Exhibit

First ever photography exhibit! I’m having a month-long photography show in conjunction with my writing residency for the Langdon Review. Although my photos have been published in various places (including this poetry book) over the years, this is my first-ever, print-them-out-and-hang-them-on-the-wall photography exhibit. Not only am I super excited, but this show really means a lot to me; however, I’ll get into that in another post! [This post is part of a series of daily updates as the 2016 Writer-in-Residence for the Langdon Review. If you missed a day, or this is your first time here, click here to see the…

#LangdonReview #VisitGranbury Countdown to my Writing Residency in Granbury, Texas!

Daily updates on my blog My husband teases me because when I’m excited about a trip, I often pack my suitcase a week in advance. In a similar vein, I am so darn excited about my upcoming writing residency for the Langdon Review, I decided to post daily updates about it right here on my blog. I thought I was going to wait until I was actually in Granbury, but apparently that’s not how I roll! I will continue posting once a day throughout my residency. What is this residency? The Langdon Review Weekend is an amazing annual literary conference, and I am super…

#LangdonReview #VisitGranbury You’re Invited to My Mixed Media Show: Online & Off!

Creative Residency The Langdon Review Weekend is an amazing annual literary conference, and I am super thrilled and honored to be their resident writer (and photographer!) this year. My residency starts on August 27th. I’ll be staying in the gorgeous historic town of Granbury, Texas through September 10th with the sole purpose of creating and reaching out to the community, both in person and online. (Click here to read a blog post about last year’s Langdon Review Weekend.) Mixed Media show for Granbury’s Gallery Night The residency kicks off this Saturday, August 27th. Squeee! I’m having a mixed media show that evening from 5 – 8 p.m. at…

My Kickstarter Campaign for a Book, Photo Show & Music CD

2016 Writer in Residence I haven’t mentioned it in a while, but I was chosen to be the 2016 Writer in Residence for Tarleton State University’s Langdon Review Weekend – and it’s coming right up! (Click here to read a blog post about last year’s Langdon Review Weekend.) The Langdon Review Weekend is an amazing annual literary conference, and I am super thrilled and honored to be their resident writer! My residency starts on August 27th. I’ll be staying in the gorgeous historic town of Granbury, Texas for two whole weeks with the sole purpose of creating and reaching out to the community. Brainstorm I’ve been brainstorming recently about what…

A to Z Challenge Theme Reveal *drum roll please!*

What is the April A to Z Blog Challenge? Every April, bloggers from all over the world participate in the April A to Z blog challenge, and you can too! To play along, all you do is make a blog post for each letter of the alphabet during April, then use the blog hop linky to visit as many other bloggers as you can. This will be my 4th year in a row doing the A to Z blog challenge. I keep coming back because it’s so lively and fun! Plus, it’s a great way to find interesting new blogs to read.…

Para Mysteries: Mortsafes & Caged Graves

FREE Cemetery Symbols Guide: Would you like a FREE guide to historic cemetery symbolism? If so, click the image below: Historic Cemetery Symbol of the Week This week’s Historic Cemetery Symbol post is about mortsafes and Resurrectionists. The topic was inspired by my friend, Teal Gray, when she told me about the mysterious Caged Graves of Catawassa. In fact, Teal and I will be discussing everything in this post during a one-hour radio show, as you can see in the graphic below:    Historic Cemeteries: Who were the Resurrectionists? These days, people often make arrangements to donate their body to science…

Historic Cemetery Symbols: Monkey Grave at an Upscale Restaurant

2 Graves at an Italian Restaurant? Voted #3 in a list of the Top 10 Iconic Streets in the USA, Worth Avenue is an upscale shopping street in the resort town of Palm Beach, Florida. So why are there two graves on Worth Avenue – one for a monkey and the other for a dog – tucked away in the courtyard of an Italian restaurant? Jazz Age eccentric: Addison Mizner It all starts with Addison Mizner (1872-1933) a quirky architect who settled in South Florida in 1918 after having lived all over the world, including China, New York, Guatemala, Alaska, and…

Quirky Texas: Life Size Wax Sculpture Replica of the Last Supper

Quirky Surprise in Fort Worth When I tell people that Fort Worth is home to a life size wax sculpture replica of Leonardo Da Vinci’s “The Last Supper,” the response is usually, “Huh?” followed by a puzzled laugh. After all, that’s hardly what we expect from a city that bills itself as “Where the West begins,” right? In fact, when out of town guests visit, my husband and I generally take them to see the historic stockyards. Sure, some locals turn their nose up at this, just as Seattlites often scoff at the idea of visiting the Space Needle, but…