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Our June author interviews: Fish Out of Water Authors--6/7, Susan Van Kirk--6/14, Renee Patrick--6/21, and Joanne Guidoccio--6/28.

Saturday Guest Bloggers in June: 6/3--Geoffrey Mehl, 6/10--Joan Leotta. WWK Saturday bloggers write on 6/17--Margaret S. Hamilton and on 6/24--Kait Carson.


“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.

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 October, 18, 2017. Look for the interview by E. B. Davis here on that date!

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.

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Friday, September 12, 2014

Uneasy in Kansas City

Uneasy in Kansas City

The Kansas City Royals, the professional baseball team, is currently (as of 8/19/14) in first place in the American League Central Division.  It feels strange.  The team has the current longest active record of not playing in the post-season, — for 28 years.  I will grant that the Chicago Cubs have failed to win the World Series in 105 years. (As Jack Brickhouse said, “Any team can have a bad century.”)  The Texas Rangers had the longest pennant drought ever at 49 years until they won one in 2010.  So the local team has not been the worst of the worst.  They have just been close to it.

Part of the issue is that there are 162 games in a baseball season.  Earlier in the season the Royals fell into third place due to an eight game losing streak.  Like many others here, I thought that was the beginning of the long-expected implosion. I expected the team to crash like a downhill skier going off the course.  In stead they won ten games in a row and kept winning until they reached first place.  They could win the division.  They could also make the playoffs by winning enough games to be a wild-card entry. It has been quite a while since local fans had to do the math assessing that possibility.

There are still roughly 40 games left in the season.  It is not clear what would trigger a swan dive at this point.  Pitching has been good.  Defense has been good.  The team doesn’t have awesome offense, but they haven’t had it all this season.  They’ve been squeaking out wins with excellent late inning relief pitching.  One of the best players is out with broken bones in his hand.  In spite of the injury the Royals have been winning.  Even before the season started, Manager Ned Yost has been preaching taking one game at a time, not getting overly happy or sad about a single game and, as he put it, “grinding out games.”

That’s fine for him.  It may even be fine for the players.  They haven’t gone 28 seasons without a sniff of post-season play, the fans in Kansas City have.  These are supposed to be the, “dog days of August.”  Temperatures have been unseasonably cool this August.  On television the Royals players seem to be enjoying themselves and liking their teammates. 


Surely it can’t last. Can it?

2 comments:

Kara Cerise said...

I think the Royals are still doing well. Maybe they will win the pennant this year?!

KM Rockwood said...

One never knows. I grew up among Yankees fans in the days when they were on top of the world, playing repeatedly in "subway" World Series. New York was the place for baseball fans! I don't pay much attention any more--I realize I was a "herd mentality" fan, not a genuine one.

On the other hand, I have a sister-in-law who is a diehard Cubs fan. Talk about lack of incentive! The Cubs are one of the saddest teams. But she faithfully goes to games and is always on top of what's going on with the team.

My husband is a Phillies fan (grew up in Philadelphia) which is a mixed bag.

Good luck with your team, enjoy the good parts and don't get too upset about the sometimes stunning losses!