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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.
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
The problem is that writing isn't the only career I want to do pursue. I also have aspirations of being a voice-over actor, a photographer, and a part-time massage therapist. I had it in my head that I could do each of these careers--since many of them seem to take up only part of my time--and their combined salaries would be equivalent to what I make now in my day job. Okay . . . if I'm gonna be honest, I should admit that I was hoping they'd bring in even more money than I make now.
For some of you, writing may be the one and only thing you've ever wanted to do in your life. If so, congratulations, and I applaud those of you who are able to make a decent living at it. But for me, the thought of doing only one job for the rest of my life bores me out of my mind. Or, maybe it's just that I'm afraid that I might find it dull after a while. Even in a career where the scenery changes from book to book, I do worry that it wouldn't be enough to entertain me over the span of my life. Maybe that makes me on the fringe of being ADD or ADHD, but I personally think it's part of being a Gemini; we need multiple things going on, or we go a little cuckoo.
I do realize that I'm the one overwhelming myself by trying to have multiple careers, but even without all of the other jobs, I'm sure I'd be overwhelmed with all there is to keep up on in the writing world.
For instance, I want to keep in contact with the people in my writing groups. Their experiences can help me wade through the waters from amateur status to successful, published author. Then there are the classes necessary for a newbie like me to hone her craft. There are blogs to read: blogs from colleagues, and blogs from experienced authors with nuggets of wisdom to impart. Not to mention the actual time of butt in chair and fingers on keyboard. Sometimes I feel like I don't have enough time for the latter (and most important) aspect, because I'm trying to keep up with all the other ones.
Since I'm a novice at the other careers I'm working to get off the ground (except for massage, I have my license in that already), those same needs apply to each craft. I've often thought I should focus on just one, until I've got a good handle on it, and then start learning another one, but the question is which one to choose? If I focus on, say, voice overs, it'll take me even longer to get my writing career off the ground. But I'm starting to feel that dividing my time and energy between the four of them is taking me just as long.
I know I'm not the only author who's complained about trying to keep up with everything, and I'm certainly not the only blogger who's ever done so. I guess I'm just feeling extra overwhelmed at the moment, and needed to vent.
Thanks for reading.