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Musea #200 The PEOPLE Issue – all 100 pages

January 27, 2017

For those who did not get one of the few copies by mail, here is the entire 200th issue of Musea the PEOPLE issue on my website.

Many of you are in it and there are lots of gossip and celebrities – I name names such as all those listed in this teaser page.

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Reader, you will find all this inside and more:

Why did shock jock Russ Martin tie me to a chair with duct tape? Why did Frank Zappa call KNON while I was working there?
Which Musea cover was printed upside down?
Why was my $1,000,000 Collage at 500 X titled Janet Kutner Writes Daffy Reviews. Where was the best deep dish in Deep Ellum?
Why was the Inwood Theater gassed that night?
Why couldn’t the TV repairman hook Stanley Marcus up to cable? Did Musea find a photo of Cy Twombly developing his style on a blackboard? What was in that Musea Stand Gift Box every Christmas at the Inwood? What photo from Charlton Heston’s wife, did Musea run on one of our Covers? Is one of my zine friends perhaps the Best Painter around?
Why did Dallas Luxury Magazine run a full page picture of me? What were Inwood Box Office Concerts?
What did Drive in Movie Critic, Joe Bob Briggs say about Musea? What happened when H. L. Hunt wanted to buy a photograph of himself for $10? Why was I forced out of the Inwood Theater after working there for 24 years? What did Maximum Rock n Roll say about the AACA logo?
Where did the Esquire Theater’s Neon Painter’s Palette end up? Which unassuming Dallas writer/artist wrote the next Pascal’s, Pensees? How did Musea get in the center of a Dallas Morning News, Dallas Observer feud. Who praised Mary Parker for sculptural reliefs from plumbing parts? Which 12 By 12 musician recently had a single of his, sell on Ebay for $887.77? What was Joe Christ like in person?
What musicians recorded a song of mine, then went on to national fame as a trio. What does Musea know about Slack?
When does the Midnight Movie start?
Why did my fellow workers ask David Byrne for his autograph for me? Which music engineer did I work with that had a Gold Record on her office wall? What happened when a stage hand moved Ray Charles mike?
Was Morgan Fairchild beautiful and friendly in person?
Who seemed to need more approval, Joseph Heller, or Nora Ephron? What guitar accessory does Elvis, Jimi Hendrix, and Hunkasaurus have in common? What did Mickey Rooney say to me as he passed by at NorthPark?
Who are the five, Frida and Diego type couples, where both partners are fine artists? Did Musea find a photograph of Cinderella?
Why did I go to Freddie King’s house?
Who stole my zines at the first Art Revolution Festival – I really want to know! Who was Sweater Vest, The Crazy Nurse, or the Popcorn Lady?
Why won’t Willie Nelson’s lawyers let him hear my song, The Ballad of Willie Nelson? Why did the lawyers from Warner Brothers write me?
Why did I get a check from Greg Abbot for $13.88?
When was the last moment of modern art?
Which local guitar hero was sitting in my seat at the Paul McCartney concert? And finally; how did this 8 page Musea 200th issue turn into Tom’s Tome?

Musea #198 Downtown, Now on The Website

February 11, 2016

Dear Readers,

The Christmas, special issue of Musea that was the kid’s novel “Downtown With the Book of Renown”, is now on the Musea.us website – or rather a teaser of it is.

Check it out at: http://www.Musea.us
Thanks to Webmaster Matthew for this.

My 2nd Review: Downtown With the Book of Renown (kid’s mystery)

January 25, 2016

This is the 2nd good review I’ve gotten for Downtown. Five of Five Stars!

Title: Downtown With the Book of Renown
Subtitle: ?
Author: Tom Hendricks
Genre: Young Adult – Mystery

Rating 5 of 5 Stars
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Appearance: 5
Plot: 5
Development: 5
Formatting: 5
Marketability: 5
Overall: 5

Reviewed by Lex Allen for Readers’ Favorite

The synopsis for Downtown with the Book of Renown by Tom Hendricks goes like this: “Two boys have one big adventure, when Bradley finds a treasure map and two keys in a memo book from the hand of a dead gangster. He names it the ‘Book of Renown.’ The map in the Book of Renown leads him and his friend Tom downtown to the Clarks Hotel. But how will they get inside, and what treasure will they find if they do?”
Though I thought this blurb intriguing, I also felt it a little meager. As it turned out, it was perfect and the answer to the question was not close to anything I imagined.

I would not have known what to write as a review of this little story had I not done some investigation into the author and his other published works. With that information came enlightenment, so to speak. That Downtown with the Book of Renown is a well written, delightful read is, for me, a positive sign of Mr. Hendricks’ imagination and writing skills. That it is also far off the current standard for fiction storytelling regarding plot, characterizations, dialogue, narrative detail and backstory is both intriguing and refreshing. It reads more like a script or screenplay, with little location description or narrator detail. Dialogue is written with the name of the speaker, followed by a semi-colon and then the words. There are no adverbs or adjectives to show the speaker’s emotional state; the author leaves that to me (and you) the reader. Excellent! Conversely, it misses the mark of purebred script/screenplay by quite a lot, as well.

I discovered that all of Mr. Hendricks’ written work follows this style to some degree and that it is intentional. The author’s stated goal is to “give an alternative to generic corporate arts.” He has accomplished this objective with resounding success. I am a new fan and I will read more by this author.

My Response:
Thank you Rex Allen for your review. I’ve written in this style so long I forget it’s not the normal style. I appreciate that you went outside the novel to see that.
My reason for it is to get the story going and never stop it or interrupt it for excess explanation or descriptions. A lot happens, and we learn a lot of personality in the dialogue and events. Compare how Brad’s parents tell the opening scene story with how Bradley tells the story. Or did you notice how many times poor Bradley got cut throughout the story?
I think there is enough layers of fun to read it a couple of times and see more each visit. In big events there is a lot that happens quickly and I wanted to express that exciting atmosphere. The writing is sort of a hybrid of novel and play. Hopefully I mixed the best of both to get a quick moving read.

Holiday Greeting Tucked into a Paragraph

December 21, 2015

Dear Musea Readers,

My latest novel, Downtown With The Book of Renown, a kid’s mystery, was also my annual Christmas story for the year, something I’ve been doing for over 10 years.
But readers may wonder where the Xmas was. Let me explain, I had planned this short novel for many years. i thought making it my Xmas issue would get me to finish it.
But to make it official, I had to tuck in at least one Christmas reference. Here it is. The two boys are going to the Clark Hotel on the Bus ….

They sat down about half way back on the left. Brad checked his pocket for the Book of Renown and tapped it three times for luck.
Across the aisle a young man with round glasses had his Bible opened and he was reading out loud. The boys looked at each other and shrugged their shoulders. Behind them a few rows was a couple of small, quiet, heavy set ,women who looked old to the two. No one else was on the bus. Outside the big windows the city was all lit up. It paraded by on both sides of the bus. Night lights and neon were everywhere. It hid the dirt and litter underneath. It was like being inside a Christmas tree with all the edges lit up.
There was a ding of a bell and the man reading the Bible stopped, folded it up, put it in his briefcase, locked it, pushed up his glasses on his nose, and went out the front door.

Happy Holidays all,

Tom

Last Minute Shopping

December 19, 2015

Dear Musea Readers,

Need a last minute gift and don’t have much to spend? Consider any of my 5 streaming books. They are all priced low at $1.99 and they are at all the major sites.

Plus the new one

Amazon, Barnes and Noble, GoodReads, I-Books, etc.


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