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Julie Tollefson won the Mystery Writers of America Midwest Chapter's Holton Award for best unpublished manuscript (member category) for her work in progress, In The Shadows.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, January 23, 2015

Walking With Lillian








Walking with Lillian

It had been a long time since I walked with a small child.  Given the chance to walk with Lillian, her Mama and my wife so we could meet Dada I accepted gratefully.  As we all walked I was able to watch her mother and later her father display good parenting, which I always find utterly satisfying. 

I had forgotten many things such as:

To a two-year-old wearing boots means we should be walking in the snow and not on the shoveled sidewalk.

Each successive puddle is a new opportunity to splash.

Even with the goal of meeting Dada, a walk is a series of jaunts toward interesting items and people heading, more or less, in the general direction of Dada’s office.

Fallen leaves sitting on deep snowdrifts are more appealing than leaves on the cleared sidewalk.

Aunties and uncles are fun to chase. 

And finally:

Doggies poop on the sidewalk, which is of great interest to tiny people involved in potty training. 





Have you walked with a small child recently? 

I am away from my computer today, but I will look at the comments as soon as I can.

6 comments:

E. B. Davis said...

Great observations, Warren. The blog reminded me of when my children were little. When they were newly born, I thought of them in the "cat" stage-somewhat responsive and not particularly interested in anything but satisfying their own needs.

At two, they were in the "dog" stage. This isn't derogatory, but it is an acknowledgement of the development a child undergoes. Your description of walking your niece could have been that of walking a dog. Jumping through puddles, taking detours, wanting to chase, etc.

Each stage is precious and important for a child. Taking the time to participate, giving them the feedback so they learn the stage's lesson, and enjoying the person they are becoming helps them on their way.

James Montgomery Jackson said...

I like EB's observations. I hadn't thought of the maturation process in terms of cat and dog stages.

I'm suspecting that at the end of life we revert to the beginning stage and like cats we prefer warmth and curling up on a comfy bed, luxurious stretches an not worrying about what others think as we scratch ourselves.

~ Jim

Shari Randall said...

I am loving these animal analogies! I think you guys have it right (as I curl up in a blanket with a cup of tea)
Nothing is sweeter than a walk with a little one, feeling that tiny hand in yours.
She's a keeper, Warren.

Kara Cerise said...

How sweet! It's fun to see the world through a child's eyes. My friend's son is fascinated by the water dripping out of the downspout. It's something I never noticed until I walked with him.

Gloria Alden said...


What an adorable child. I'm fortunate enough to live near my great-grandchildren, and my daughter-in-law watches them often. Since my son and daughter-in-law live sort of next door, I have a lot of opportunities to interact with the little ones since they were babies. It's amusing and delightful to see how they react to the world.

KM Rockwood said...

How charming! As they explore their world, young children can always teach us something about discovering (or rediscovering) the magic all around us.