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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.

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 order.

Monday, August 12, 2013

Dead Guys and Words on Walls

This week, dear friends from Boston came to visit and they wanted their son, Gabe, age ten, to see the sights. Since this is Washington D.C., "the sights" means lots of memorials. And that means, in the words of a 10-year-old, lots of dead people. After we did a loop consisting of the Theodore Roosevelt Memorial, the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, the Korean War Memorial, the Lincoln Memorial, the Vietnam War Memorial, the WWII Memorial, and the Jefferson Memorial, I had to agree with him.
Thank goodness the memorials give us more for reflection than just, well, dead people. 
The Lincoln Memorial is essentially a big statue flanked by two speeches (“words on the walls” in Gabe-speak). But what speeches. We are blessed as a nation to have had a few exceptional leaders who were also exceptional writers.
Lincoln had more faith in us than we may deserve when he wrote in his Gettysburg Address: "The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here." He gave us words with the power to touch our hearts and spirits, so much so that millions of people from around the world - including a 10-year-old boy from Boston – pause in the colorful crowd at the foot of that statue to read the 273 words of the Gettysburg Address.

Do you have a favorite speech?
What famous quotes do you wish you had written?


James Montgomery Jackson said...

Shari - Even for a history geek like me, when you're 10, dead guys aren't very interesting unless you can do as Gloria did in her classes and bring the history to life.

I remember with great fondness the thrill I had when my parents allowed me to make my own Pickett's charge at Gettysburg--dropping me off at Seminary Ridge, running through the wheat field and up Cemetery Ridge where they awaited me.

As for speeches, I recall listening to Kennedy's "Ich bin ein Berliner" and immediately understanding its import.

~ Jim

Shari Randall said...

You are so right, Jim, teachers like Gloria can make such a difference! Museums and historical sites have gotten better about getting children involved with more kid-friendly, interactive exhibits. Getting to be part of their own Pickett's charge at Gettysburg would probably be the best memory for some kids!
Lincoln's Gettysburg Address is just so perfect - he captures so much in so few words. Good writing.

Sarah Henning said...

I'm a total sucker for the "I Have a Dream" speech by Martin Luther King. It just gives me chills -- reading it, reciting it or listening to it. Maybe it's because I know what happened afterward, but it always seems to give me goosebumps.

Kara Cerise said...

I find it amazing that the Gettysburg Address was only 273 words!

One of my favorite quotes is from Nelson Mandela: "If 27 years in prison have done anything to us, it was to use the silence of solitude to make us understand how precious words are."

Shari Randall said...

Hi Sarah, Dr. King is definitely someone I had in mind when I said we've been lucky to have some leaders who are great writers. At his new memorial in DC, quote after quote is carved into one long wall - people walk along and take pictures with their favorites. Pretty amazing to see people spending so much time reading and thinking.

Shari Randall said...

Hi Kara - That Mandela quote - just wonderful. Thank you for stopping by.

Warren Bull said...

The Declaration of Independence is a wonderful document to read aloud. Thomas Jefferson is a primary author.

Paula Gail Benson said...

Shari, I'm sure you gave Gabe some lasting memories.
I like a quote attributed to Ben Franklin: "If you would not be forgotten as soon as you are dead and rotten, either write things worthy reading, or do things worth the writing."

Shari Randall said...

Hi Warren, thanks for stopping by!
Paula - Ben sure was quotable, wasn't he?

E. B. Davis said...

I've been thinking all day about speeches, but when it comes down to it, I'm a Ben Franklin fan (a PA gal). Doesn't matter the quote, Ben knew what he was talking about. I also like that he was enthralled with Blackbeard and even wrote stories about him.
I've done the whole monument tourist thing too, Shari. Hope you enjoyed it because we, who live in the DC area, do take it for granted. Nothing beats the Kennedy Center at night, having a glass of wine on the deck overlooking the Potomac and seeing Georgetown lit up. Now that's impressive!