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Julie Tollefson won the Mystery Writers of America Midwest Chapter's Holton Award for best unpublished manuscript (member category) for her work in progress, In The Shadows.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


Friday, March 6, 2015

Singing My Lyrics

Singing My Lyrics

After writing lyrics http://writerswhokill.blogspot.com/2015/02/writing-lyrics.html and preparing to sing http://writerswhokill.blogspot.com/2015/02/preparing-to-sing-my-lyrics.html I sang my lyrics on 2/22/15.  I ran through the song twice before services with the accompanist.  The first time was close to what I wanted.  The second time was even better so I stopped there.  For one thing, the accompanist said he was not feeling well.  He clearly wanted to stop.  For another thing, I wanted to end the practice with the correct notes and rhythm fresh in my head.  I had been limiting my practice so I would not practice the wrong notes, which I had done earlier by mistake.  The minister who was arranging the alter cloth for the first day of advent commented that he had, “never heard that before.”

The accompanist answered that these were lyrics I had composed.  The minister looked impressed.  Like the two other solos I’ve sung, the time during the service seemed to drag along slowly until the offertory, when I was scheduled to sing.  There was a brief pause at that point.  I was sitting next to the choir director.  He gets up to direct us two or three times each service so he always takes the outermost seat, which he did that Sunday. He looked at me and asked, ”Are you going to sing?” I said, “Yes.” He then realized he would have to move or I would have to crawl over him to exit the pew.  Luckily for both of us, he moved.

The song went well. I timed my entrances correctly, which was where I made the most mistakes in practice. I kept sheet music in front of me.  That helped me sing the latest version of the lyrics, not the earlier versions that popped into my head from time to time when I was singing from memory.  I was off key noticeably only once and I recovered on the next note. 

Afterward people told me they enjoyed my performance.  Half a dozen people asked for a copy of the lyrics.  I didn’t get too flattered by the requests.  My wife and a close friend told me they did not hear some the words clearly.  All in all I was pleased with what I did.  I think I will ask the church secretary if she could put a copy of the lyrics in the next bulletin.  I have already sent the lyrics off to the US copyright office. 

As a lyricist, I would have liked a better singer to show my work.  As a singer, I would have liked easier lyrics and fewer changes. Still, writing lyrics has been an interesting experience. It has broadened my knowledge of things musical.  What are you exploring these days?


Gloria Alden said...

Warren, I really admire what you are doing. I love music and love singing in church, but I don't belong to a choir. Keep up with the singing and writing of lyrics.

Carla Damron said...

you are a man of many talents!!

Shari Randall said...

Warren, I loved reading about your new writing adventure.

Warren Bull said...


Kara Cerise said...

I enjoyed reading about your experience, Warren. I hope you continue to write lyrics and sing them!

Currently, I'm exploring meditation and mindfulness.

KM Rockwood said...

Sounds like you may have a new career! Or at least a satisfying hobby.