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Program topics are suitable for adults or kids.

Topics for classrooms include: Writing, Longhorns & Texas Cowboys, or American Energy. I have some really cool props for the Longhorn presentation; chaps, coffee pot, spurs, bridle, cowhide, branding iron. It’s a fun hands-on program. Every Wednesday throughout the school year I will be visiting classrooms as a Learning Partner with Window On A Wider World. promotes arts, sciences and cultural programming and is dedicated to enriching the education of Texas Panhandle students.

January 11: Nazareth Elementary, “The Texas Longhorns”

January 25: Bushland Elementary, “The Texas Longhorns”

February 3, Friday Noon: GeoWives Luncheon, Oklahoma City. KEEP ‘EM FULL AND KEEP ‘EM ROLLIN’

February 15: Panhandle Elementary, “Write Stuff”

February 22: McLean Elementary, “Write Stuff”

March 3-4: “Cowboy Days” at the Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum in Las Cruces, New Mexico. For details, click HERE. On Friday, kids will rotate through several learning stations. On Saturday, enjoy a parade of cattle breeds, working dog demos, live music, food and crafts vendors. I’ll be autographing books both days and at 2:00 PM Friday and Saturday participating on a panel with several other Western Writer’s of America members. Stop by and say hey!

New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum
4100 Dripping Springs Rd, Las Cruces, New Mexico

Tuesday, March 7th — Amarillo Desk and Derrick turns 72 this month! I’ll be talking about the organization of our local energy education club and Wes Reeves will join us to talk about the history of downtown Amarillo architecture.

March 8: Hamlet Elementary, “Write Stuff”

Thursday, March 9, 6:00 PM Central: Webinar for Writers & Historians! We’ve had a great response so far to what will be a fantastic discussion. You won’t want to miss it. Please join us and meet my friend Sarah.

To Register, see link below.

I’m hosting a live Webinar for author Sarah Sawyer Thursday evening, March 9! She is an author, speaker, and Choctaw storyteller. We will discuss tips for creating authentic Native American characters in this PC sensitive world. Maybe you’re not a writer but you love history, you won’t want to miss this opportunity to dig deep into First American culture. Everyone is welcome.I am really excited about this collaboration!

Click HERE to register for “Writing Native American Characters” webinar.

March 22: Dalhart Intermediate, “Write Stuff”

March 25, Saturday: Chisholm Trail Museum, Kingfisher, Oklahoma. Book Event and Chuck Wagon Gathering. I will be autographing KEEP ‘EM FULL. Website Click Here

March 29: Clarendon Elementary 4th Graders, “Write Stuff”

March 29: Clarendon Elementary 1st Graders, “The Texas Longhorns”

April 10th – 14th: Pampa Elementary Schools K-5, in collaboration with the Lovett Memorial Library. Get ready to write, Pampa! Go Harvesters!

June 20 – 25: Western Writers of America, Rapid City, South Dakota. I will be on a panel with Denise F. McAllister, Micki Milom, Paul Bishop, Johnny Boggs, and Richard Prosch. All western genres welcome! At a membership of around 700, WWA members include novelists, songwriters, playwrites, screenwriters, poets, musicians, historians — people who love the American West. Click HERE for more information and to join.

September 20-24, ADDC Convention, Sandia Resort, Albuquerque, NM

November 28, 2023: Muleshoe Holiday Home Show.

In November 2022, the Texas High Plains Writers group awarded me with a Lifetime Membership Award! Total shock and I’m still at a loss for words to say how much I have appreciated this group over the years. Other writers will keep you inspired and on task.

We celebrated in Roaring 20s Style the 100th Birthday of Panhandle Pen Women / now Texas High Plains Writers. This group has been encouraging writers of all genres and meeting together since 1920! We celebrated 100 +2 in downtown Amarillo at The Barfield in the basement speakeasy Paramount Club.

We’ve been meeting and talking writing for 100 years, plus two! Texas High Plains Writers

If you live in the Texas Panhandle area, Texas High Plains Writers meets every other month in Amarillo. Join their Facebook group. Here’s the link to their website.

I am also a member of Caprock Writers and Illustrators Alliance which meets monthly in Lubbock. Here’s the link to their website.

Exciting NEWS: My cookbook won Gold!

2022 Will Rogers Medallion Award

Don and Shirley Creacy with the Wild Cow Ranch Chuck Wagon Cooking Team helped me so much on KEEP ‘EM FULL. Not only sharing recipes, but cooking knowledge and fact checking the book manuscript. I was thrilled to have them standing next to me at the WRMA Awards Ceremony in Fort Worth!

What a fun weekend! In October, the Award Ceremony and Banquet, was held at Cooper’s BBQ, Fort Worth Stockyards. KEEP ‘EM FULL AND KEEP ‘EM ROLLIN’: The Great American Chuck Wagon Cookbook, has been recognized as a finalist for 2022 and received a first place Gold Medallion!

2022 Recipients of the Will Rogers Medallion Awards for excellent in Western literature.
A few members of Women Writing the West attended the Western Writers of America conference in Montana this past June. Back row, l to r, Cynthia Leal Massey, Randi Samuelson-Brown, Carmen Peone, Beverly Hodgins. Front row, me with Jane Little Botkin. Getting a chance to hang around these award winning, brilliant authors is my favorite thing! I look forward to seeing them again in Oklahoma City.


Western Writers of America members Jeff Bloome, Jane Little Botkin, Randi Samuelson-Brown, joined me in Pueblo, Colorado to sign books and meet readers. Had time to explore a few junk stores and we had the most amazing meal at DC’s on B Street.

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The above photo was a Power point for 700 on finding story ideas and fiction vs. nonfiction. Wonderful group with lots of great questions!

Flash and Christy are #1!

Congrats to Flash, your favorite rescue horse, and his owner/trainer Christy Shippy, who took a 1st place win in the horse parade at the Cowboy Symposium in Lubbock, Texas!

FLASH is the inspiration behind several of my books. 

Flash & Christie in the Cowboy Symposium parade.

Visiting Author Week at a Canyon ISD Elementary School (2019) and how fitting. It was John Erickson who told me to never give up at a THPW conference in Amarillo. He is such an inspiration for so many authors in this area.