If you are interested in blogging or want to promote your book next year, please contact E. B. Davis at writerswhokill@gmail.com

Our March author interviews: Karen Pullen (3/1), Lowcountry Crime authors: Tina Whittle, Polly Iyer, Jonathan M. Bryant, and James M. Jackson (3/8), Annette Dashofy (3/15), Edith Maxwell (3/22) and Barb Ross (3/29).

Saturday Guest Bloggers in March: Maris Soule (3/4), and Virginia Mackey (3/11). WWK Saturday bloggers write on 3/18--Margaret S. Hamilton and on 3/25--Kait Carson.

Julie Tollefson won the Mystery Writers of America Midwest Chapter's Holton Award for best unpublished manuscript (member category) for her work in progress, In The Shadows. Big news for a new year. Congratulations, Julie.

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.

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.

Linda Rodriquez has two pending book publications. Plotting the Character-Driven Novel will be released by Scapegoat Press on November 29th. Every Family Doubt, the fourth Skeet Bannion mystery, is scheduled for release on June, 13, 2017. Look for E. B. Davis's interview with Linda here in June!

Cross Genre Publications anthology, Hidden Youth, will contain Warren Bull's "The Girl, The Devil, and The Coal Mine." The anthology will be released in late November 2016. The We've Been Trumped anthology released by Dark House Press on September 28th contains Warren Bull's "The Wall" short story and KM Rockwood's "A Phone Call to the White House." KM writes under the name Pat Anne Sirs for this volume.

James M. Jackson's 4th book in the Seamus McCree series, Doubtful Relations, is now available. His novella "Low Tide at Tybee" appears February 7 as part of Lowcountry Crimes: Four Novellas, which is available for pre-order.

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Friday, July 12, 2013

Spring Training All Year Long







Spring Training All Year Long

I recently listened to two former professional baseball players announcing a Royals game.  One, a former allstar infielder, said every spring training he would think to himself, “I hope I can still hit.”  The other announcer, a former great pitcher, said, “Really? Every spring I thought to myself, “I hope I can still pitch.” 

Earlier I heard an interview with the great English actress, Dame Judi Dench.  She said every time she finishes an acting job she has a moment of sheer panic worrying that she may never work again.

Having my fifth book, KILLER EULOGY AND OTHER STORIES published and having my short story come out in the tribute anthology to Ray Bradbury DANDELIONS OF MARS, I accomplished two writing achievements that really meant something special to me in a short interval of time.  I wanted to honor Ray Bradbury who was a source of inspiration to me. I also wanted to write dark stories tapping into the genre of noir fiction, which includes some of the most gripping writing ever as well as some of the most poetic.  The writing took years of effort, multiple revisions, gradually coming closer and closer to what I had in mind.  Publishing, when it finally occurred, was work done by others.

I know the feeling of uncertainty and even panic.  Up close and personal.

So, can I still write?  I hope so.  I’ve lost the ability twice after my two bone marrow transplants.  Each time it was one of the last abilities I regained.  There is no reason to think I cannot, but there is that fear.
How do you feel after a success?

9 comments:

James Montgomery Jackson said...

When I was a consultant, I watched many before me fall off their prime. Eventually they were let go—usually with nice buy-outs. From a present value of earnings standpoint, that’s the way to go. I wanted to leave when I was still at (or at least near) the top of my game, and retired when I was 51.

Most athletes wait too long, perhaps because they don’t have a back-up plan.
Some writers stay at the top of their “game” forever. Others don’t.

Since I’m still on the upward curve regarding my skills (or at least I believe that to be the case), I figure I have a few more years before I need to start worrying.

~ Jim

Paula Gail Benson said...

Every new beginning has its uncertainties. Until you get into the flow and have the feeling something is there, it's easy to fear. What is it that's said? 98% of any task is getting it started?

Sarah Henning said...

Linda Rodriguez said something really wise the other night at her workshop. I'm paraphrasing, but basically: When you finish this book, you won't have learned how to finally write a book, you'll have learned to write *that* book.

I agree. With every book and story, it's like getting on a bike and hoping the wheels will turn. They will, but who knows where they'll go?

Linda Rodriguez said...

Thanks, Sarah. I'm glad you think I'm wise, but it wasn't really me, unfortunately.

Actually, what I did was quote Neil Gaiman who was telling about a conversation with the great sf/f novelist, Gene Wolfe. When Gaiman finished his classic novel, AMERICAN GODS, he said to Wolfe, who had been a mentor to the younger Gaiman, "Gene, I think I've finally learned how to write a novel." Wolfe looked at him with pity and said, "Neil, you never learn how to write a novel. You simply learn how to write the novel you just finished."

Warren Bull said...

Way to go out on top, Jim

Warren Bull said...

Paula, I think it's 98% of life is showing up.

Warren Bull said...

Sarah and Linda, Thanks for the quotation.

Gloria Alden said...

Warren, when I was teaching I loved it and felt confident I was doing a decent job. However, when the administration changed and made changes so I couldn't teach like I felt was right for my students, that's when I decided to retire - at the top of my game, except for those last two years.

It's always hard for me to start a new book or story. I have ideas, but to actually make myself start is difficult. I don't know if it's a fear of failing as much as it isn't "my book" yet - sort of like Gene Wolfe said.

Jacqueline Seewald said...

Health problems and rejections for work are both very discouraging.
I guess we just have to turn those lemons into lemonade if we're to keep going. We are writers and so we need to write. It's in our DNA.