Welcome Wednesday guests for October:
10/01 Finding Sky author, Susan O'Brien;
10/08 Award-winning Hank Phillippi Ryan (Truth Be Told);
10/15 Indie authors Polly Iyer (Backlash) and Ellis Vidler (Prime Target);
10/22 Murder by the Month author, Jess Lourey;
10/29 Marilyn Levinson, Golden Age of Mystery Book Club Mystery author.

Gloria Alden's latest publication is nonfiction. Boys Will Be Boys: The Joys and Terrors of Raising Boys. Edited by Cher'ley Grogg was recently released and available on Amazon. Gloria wrote three essays and two poems in her chapter included in the book.

Don't miss this month's release of Chesapeake Crimes: Homicidal Holidays on October 7th, in which WWK bloggers Shari Randall ("Disco Donna") and E. B. Davis ("Compromised Circumstances") have short stories.

KM Rockwood's
short stories will appear in two anthologies released in October. They are: "The Lure of the Owl" in Swamp Mansion and Other Dark Stories, to be released as a ebook, and "Aunt Olga and the Werewolf" will be included in the third Creatures, Crimes and Creativity anthology release by Intrigue Publishing. at their conference in October.

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Monday, October 31, 2011

Hiding Sin

As a writer, do you find yourself sneaking and hiding your sins? What sins you ask? For mystery writers there are many sins. My husband becomes alarmed by my research, which I occasionally print if it is a short piece from the Internet. Then, forgetting the subject matter, I casually place the piece on my desk in full view of any passerby to see. My research on spousal abuse caused my husband’s eyes to open wide in wonder and with question. Researching expensive champagnes for my WIP caused a sharp intake of his breath.

But my worst sin is one that is politically incorrect and ecologically unsound—I use paper at an alarming rate because I don’t seem to be able to revise my work without printing and reading it on paper. While emptying my trash can yesterday, I heard him say, "There goes another tree."

Since I don’t yet have an e-reader (I hear a collective gasp—Christmas will solve the problem.) when I download reading material to enjoy, I end up printing it to read. Sometimes when interviewing authors for WWK, I obtain manuscripts via email attachments from the authors, which I love because I don’t have to pay for the work, but I end up printing the book’s pages because reading a 250+ work isn’t at all enjoyable on the screen. Of course, it does cost me money in paper and ink, but that expense is less than buying the books.

I try to minimize the paper I used by reprinting on the opposite side. While this minimizes the paper I use, it can also be a pain because used paper causes my printer to jam. In the D.C. area where I live, we’ve had too much rain in the past two months. I often work on my screen porch. Add these two situations and it equals paper laden with moisture that my printer rejects. Don’t take my word for it, try it!

There are times when I end up with reams of paper that must be thrown out, and although I should put it in my recycling container, I end up hiding it. Like cleaning out the junk drawer, it happens periodically when messy build up can no longer be denied, and then I think of ways that I can dispose of the paper without my husband finding out. Sometimes I put it in my car and drive it to business dumpsters. In the winter while we have our woodstove burning, I’ll throw some in to burn, even though it creates more smoke than wood (the chemistry of which is beyond me since paper is a refined product of wood). I’ve packed it in my suitcase when going on trips by myself to be disposed in hotel cans or in my friends’ trash (but don’t tell them). It sounds ridiculous, but hiding this sin has been my way of dealing with my guilt at using so much paper.

How do you hide your writing sins?

8 comments:

Warren Bull said...

But, EB,

Just think of the sins you might commit that you don't because you are writing. As an addiction it is quite cheap and relatively harmless. Isn't it better to write some idiot into your work and knock him/her off than to actually do the deed?

E. B. Davis said...

That's so true, Warren. Researching those champagnes has cost a bit more than I anticipated. But then, I mostly wear jeans and teeshirts or sweatshirts at this time of year, so maybe my research has been cheap!

Kaye George said...

I haven't exactly hidden all the paper in office. It is a fire hazard, though. Hubby takes a stack of newspapers to recycle every week or so. Why have I not thought of putting my papers on that stack? Not all at once, I think.

towriteistowrite said...

I don't print as much since I bought a printer that drinks ink. But I do sin. The worst is starting online research and ending up surfing down bunny trails. And calling it writing.

E. B. Davis said...

Kaye--I think the reason we don't think to recycle printing paper is that mostly newspapers are in the recycling bin. I don't think of it as I should also. Instead of the wastecan, I should have a bin for recycling in my office.

towriteistowrite-yes, we've all gone down that bunny trail. I ended up researching persimmons yesterday. We had been on the road and stopped at a rest area in VA. A tree bearing fruit caught my attention and when I got home, I just had to find out what it was--so, no I didn't get anything done over the weekend on my WIP. But I do know that Native American's made persimmon beer way back when!

Warren Bull said...

Early settlers also made beer from acorns, assuming like it Europe, it would be dangerous or even fatal to drink the water. Surely someday, somehow that will go into a story.

E. B. Davis said...

WOT-But persimmons must be ripe, preferably after a hard frost ripe, to be palitable. They adjectives to describe them are astringent, or here's what John Smith said.

"If it be not ripe it will drawe a mans mouth awrie with much torment; but when it is ripe, it is as delicious as an Apricock," wrote Captain John Smith about an unusual orange fruit the settlers in Jamestown discovered."

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E. B. Davis said...

Sorry--that was way off topic...so many sins, so little time!