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+ 4 Page 2C COMMUNITY Hays Free Press April 15, 2015 so it Warm spring weather and a bit of water brought a handful of swimmers week. Recent rains made the Blanco River flow over the dam PHOTO BY DAVID WHITE out to Five Mile Dam last Cent from pg. 1C them to be sure if you are in compli- .ance." The directory does not show all of the phone numbers and email addresses of your neighbors. Many did not provide these details for the directory. Your neigh- bors may want to provide to you their contact information, keeping neighbor- hood watch alive and well. I very much want you to provide tidbits to me, keeping Mon- rage alive and well. Ptom5678@gmail. corn or 512 268 5678 Thanks!Love, Pauline It's About Thyme: Take a loop at Crape Continued from pg 1C Another outstanding PinkVelour, Catawba crape is Natchez. This (purple), and Acoma white flowering beauty (weeping white). grows from 25 to 30 feet For trees between andhas the second Ion- 15 and 20 feet there is gest bloom period of 110 Dynamite (deep red), Red days. Rocket (red), and Tus- Its fall leaf color is carora (coral red to dark red-orange and its winter pink). bark color is cream-cin- And for truly shade namon brown. Natchez is size trees, 25 feet and up, resistant to diseases, and along with Muskogee, is considered the bench- Natchez - there's Bash- mark that all other varlet- am's Party Pink. ies are compared to. The crape myrtle (La- For a dwarf tree, one gerstroemia indica) has of the best is Victor. This been in the South since dark red variety grows to they were first introduced 4 to 5 feet and blooms for from Asia in 1747. Since 85 days. that time, hundreds of For mid-size trees, colors and heights have those growing from 8 to been bred. 12 feet there is Siren Red, In the mid 50s, the Local author Continued from pg 1C can appreciate it, as the story is simply told using young adults as charac- ters. Abel said he didn't plan out his idea or plot a story. "I just sat down at the computer and started writing," he said. "I was very naYve about the whole process." His inspiration came from some of his favorite authors such as Dean Koontz. In high school, Abel was drawn to the epic poem, Paradise Lost, by John Milton. "I found that fascinat- ing," he said. Once his draft manu- script was complete, Abel sent it out to about 20 publishers; mostly Chris- tian print houses and liter- ary agents. "I cringe at the thought of the crap I sent out," he said. They all rejected him. Some of the feedback he received was they didn't like how angels were portrayed -- they have personalities and feelings. In essence, they are too human. But those rejections got him thinking, 'Maybe they're on to something.' "Maybe I need to look at my writing," he recalled telling himself. So he began learning about the craft of writ- ing. He joined an online critique group. Over the next two years, he rewrote and edited and polished the story. Still, he was despon- dent after getting about 60 rejections. At one point, he said, "I'm done, it's not going to happen." Abel said the book would never have seen the light of day without his wife, who read his manu- script early on, encour- aged him to keep trying. "The right publisher is out there," she told him. So he went back at it and kept working. The first novel eventu- ally sold and Abel is work- ing on the second book, "False Light" - with the angels included. It's likely Abel's effort will turn into a trilogy -- which seems to be a popular path for authors in certain genres these days. Not bad for a guy who set his sights on writing a novel after watching "Twi- light." ~iiiiii~iiii~!iiiiiii t Saturday, April 25 8 am - 4 pm Garage Sales Items New Merchandise Antiques Vendor Booths 135 979-732-8385 wwHtcolumbustexa&org Japanese crape myrtle plants go through.their (Lagerstroemiafauen3 amazing bloom cycle, arrived and an extensive we should all give thanks breeding program began, for the bright colors they Horticulturalists began bring to our landscapes to mix the color varia- during the upcoming tions of the Asian crape harsh summer months. myrtle with the disease Happy gardening ev- resistance of the Japanese eryone! varieties. The Japanese crapes If you have a ques- also had trunk color at- lion for Chris, send it via tributes and greater cold email to iathyme@yahoo. tolerance. They could com. Or mail a postcard now be planted farther to It's About Thyme 1 ] 726 north. Manchaca Road, Austin, As these amazing TX 78748 I make car buying easy! No Hassles! 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