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Our September Author Interviews--9/6 Kathleen Valenti, 9/13 David Burnsworth, 9/20 Jeri Westerson, 9/27 Frances Brody. Please join us in welcoming these authors to WWK.
September Saturday Guest Bloggers: 9/2--Anne Bannon, 9/9 WWK Bloggers, 9/16 Margaret S. Hamilton, 9/23 Kait Carson, and on 9/30 Trixie Stiletto.
“May 16, 2017 – The Women’s Fiction Writers Association (WFWA) today announced the finalists of the second annual Star Award, given to authors of published women’s fiction. Six finalists were chosen in two categories, General and Outstanding Debut. The winners of the Star Award will be announced at the WFWA Retreat in Albuquerque, New Mexico on September 23, 2017.” In the general category, WWK’s Carla Damron was one of three finalist for her novel, The Stone Necklace. Go to Carladamron.com for more information. Congratulations, Carla!
Congratulations to our writers for the following publications:
Warren Bull's new Lincoln mystery, Abraham Lincoln In Court & Campaign has been released. Look for the Kindle version on February 3.
Shari Randall's "Pets" will be included in Chesapeake Crimes: Fur, Feathers, and Felonies anthology, which will be published in 2018. In the same anthology "Rasputin," KM Rockwood's short story, will also be published. Her short story "Goldie" will be published in the Busted anthology, which will be released by Level Best Books on April 25th.
In addition, our prolific KM will have the following shorts published as well: "Sight Unseen" in Fish Out of Water, Guppie (SinC) anthology, just released, and "Making Tracks" in Passport to Murder, Bouchercon anthology, October 2017.
Margaret S. Hamilton's short story, "Once a Kappa" was published as a finalist in the Southern Writer's Magazine annual short story contest issue. Mysterical-E published her "Double Crust Corpse" in the Fall 2016 issue. "Baby Killer" will appear in the 2017 solar eclipse anthology Day of the Dark to be published this summer prior to the eclipse in August.
Thursday, March 1, 2012
March Means Spring
Today spring begins. Oh, not officially, of course. That's on the calendar for March 20th with the spring equinox. But in my mind, spring is March, April and May, and I'm sticking with that even if snow is on the ground. Besides all the signs are there; spring birds are returning so there's far more activity at my feeders, hibernating mammals are waking up, daffodils, hyacinths and tulips are coming up, and the little grass-like leaves of spring beauties are peeking out of the leaf cover in the woods. The snowdrops are already blooming as is the 'Lenten Rose' hellebores. And if that's not enough to prove spring is here, I've been spotting sap buckets on maple trees for several weeks.
For now, though, I'm relying on house plants like blooming orchids and primroses to tide me over until I can actually get out and start gardening. That and the garden catalogs that have been coming since last fall. The pile has grown, but not until I feel the sap of spring rising inside me do I start to make lists; lists that are always far more extensive than my finances can afford so I end up crossing off some things. For me those catalogs are like the Christmas catalogs my family used to receive that always became tattered and dog-eared long before Christmas.
One of my favorite seed catalogs is Pinetree Garden Seeds. They offer not only a wide variety of seeds, but also roots, bulbs, rhizomes and plants as well as a good selection of books and gardening products at reasonable prices. The seed packets have smaller quantities, too, so I can order many different kinds of lettuces, for instance.
Another favorite catalog is Vermont Bean Seed Company. Although they offer vegetables and flowers, too, it's their large selection of beans (117 varieties) that intrigues me. I'm fascinated by names like 'Bountiful,' 'Molly,' 'Matador,' 'Cherokee,' 'Rattlesnake,' 'Dragon Tongue,' 'Christmas,' 'Vermont Cranberry,' 'Tongues of Fire,' 'Bumble Bee,' 'Calypso,' and 'Yin Yang' to name a few. A favorite I order every year is 'Purple Trionfo Violetto.' It's a pole bean so I plant it either on a trellis or against the wire fences bordering my garden. It has lovely lavender blooms and the beans are purple. Gorgeous. When cooked, they turn into a luscious green bean. Is it any wonder that some years my vegetable garden is overrun with beans?
I also order a lot of flower seeds, not only for my vegetable garden, but throughout my other gardens, too. I plant different varieties of sunflower seeds for the birds and their color, and many other different annuals for making bouquets in the latter part of summer and fall when few perennials are blooming.
I'm dreaming of a better year than I had last year. Not only did I have to be away too often, once for an extended time, but we had record breaking rain making it difficult to get the garden ready for planting and hard to weed once the plants were up. That wsn't my only problem, either. I had groundhogs that considered my vegetable garden their personal gourmet restaurant. They decimated the peas, lettuce, beets, broccoli and beans, and they nibbled off the tops of the pepper plants. All I was able to harvest last year were tomatoes, and even those weren't as good because of the excessive rain and lack of sun.
But this year I'm going to have a wonderful garden. The sun will shine, and there will only be enough rain to water the plants. The greedy groundhogs will disappear, or at least I'll find a way to thwart them. I'm going to be feasting on home grown vegetables with lots left over to share and freeze, too.
What are your dreams and plans for this spring and summer?