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Mystery of the Missing Mummy Head

Texas wildflower with shadows (photo by Tui Snider)
Texas wildflower with shadows (photo by Tui Snider)

My Week: Mystery of the Missing Mummy Head

I haven’t posted anything personal on my blog for a while, but I’ve decided to get back into that habit. After all, one of my mottoes is that, “even home is a travel destination,” so why not share a little more of my world with you?  Here you go:

It’s not often that I have, “find mummy head,” on my to-do list, but such was the craziness of last week, that I found myself tucking that odd phrase in between, “buy sunscreen” and “hang laundry” on my note pad.

It all started with a frantic phone call from my husband’s brother. Someone broke into his house while he was at a wake and the only item they snagged was a 4,000-year-old mummified head. Since we have a photo of the artifact, his bro wanted a copy to add to the police report.

What a weird thing to steal, eh?

Later that day, a co-worker learned that his horse has the dreaded West Nile Virus, so there’s another link this week to Egypt. I wish I could say that in the following days, “The Mystery of the Missing Mummy Head,” unfolded like a Nancy Drew novel, with me as citizen detective, but that would be a lie. I did, however, cross all three items off my to-do list, an arrest was made in the mummy theft, and my co-worker’s horse fully recovered, so my little tale has a happy ending!

Story Dam Relaunch: Check out our Writing Resources

It’s been an action-packed week over at the Story Dam website as my pals, Nicole, Morgan, Patricia, Brett and I celebrated the Story Dam Open House Extravaganza (a.k.a. #StoryDam #OHE on Twitter.)

Each day, we had prize giveaways and added to our site’s writing resources. Even though the relaunch is winding down, we’ve revved things up at the Story Dam site. There’s even a writing forum now, check it out! (And don’t be shy. We are a friendly bunch.)

Row80 Check-in: Captain Obvious Pays a Visit

Last week, I finally outlined my travel guide to quirky, offbeat and overlooked places here in the Lone Star State. For months, I’ve been overwhelmed by the project, because I just keep finding more and more interesting things to explore here in Texas. It finally dawned on me that this is a good thing. Once I’m done with the first book, I can pen another one.


Now that I’ve got an outline, I’ve given myself until September 15th to complete all the research, October 15th to get the first draft done and November 30th to get the final draft done. There! Nice tangible goals. *gulp*

What is ROW80?

ROW80, which stands for, “A Round of Words in 80 Days,” is an online writer support group created by the author, Kait Nolan. ROW80 is kinda like AA, except that we’re here to enable each other’s creative addictions! I find ROW80 to be an excellent tool for making and keeping track of creative projects. Plus, I enjoy following other people’s progress through their blog posts and the Twitter hashtag #ROW80. For details on how you can play along, as well as a more serious explanation, check out: the official ROW80 website.

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  1. Your picture brought me here, I love it! I immediately went to, they stole it while he was at a wake: it has to be someone that he knows. Glad they caught the thief! I can’t wait until your book is complete because I can’t wait to read it!

    • Tui Snider Tui Snider

      We haven’t heard much more other than the burglar was female and that she was arrested. I’m looking forward to some details, ‘cuz the whole caper is just… bizarre!

  2. I’m fascinated as to why your husband’s brother has a mummy head. Cool or creepy? I’m still deciding.
    Congratulations on completing your to do list. Mine always seems to grow before I get to the end.
    You’re brave setting yourself such firm goals too. Mine are more like ‘by the end of August.’
    Good luck for this week.

    • Tui Snider Tui Snider

      Hi Debbie,

      Haha! Yeah, I tend to think it’s a bit creepy. He is planning to contact a museum and see what they say. I think it should either be studied by scientists or laid to rest, y’know?

      Thanks for dropping by!

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