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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.
Thursday, July 1, 2010
10 Reason Not to Write and 10 Reasons to Write
1. The sun is shining and I need the extra vitamin D.
2. There’s 8 inches of snow in the driveway and, if I don’t clear it away, robbers will think the house is abandoned.
3. I just noticed a layer of dust around my computer and under the wires leading to and from it.
4. There’s a nest of birds outside the window and the baby birds are learning to fly.
5. I can hear the weeds growing in the vegetable patch.
6. My critique group doesn’t like my protagonist and I’ve dug deeper into her motives than a psychiatrist who gets paid up front for digging.
7. My mother wants me to socialize more and learn to play card games.
8. It’s my turn to borrow the latest thriller by X and I have to return it fast for the next person in line or I’ll lose my library privileges.
9. I’m too tired after work and my mind is on pause.
10. I’m too tired at the weekend because the kids aren’t in school and my mind is hiding.
Reasons to Write
1. Some of the coolest people I know are writers. They’re sociable, kind, and generous.
2. If the computer is on the blink, I can use pen and pad and see how the different medium affects the creation of the story.
3. I love seeing my words in print, and why shouldn’t that happen for me with a longer work?
4. I have so many characters with giant internal problems that can only be fixed through story challenges.
5. Right now, this character I know has to come to terms with her pathetic excuse for a mother or the character will never let herself fall in love or consider having kids.
6. There’s too much violence going on and it has to be controlled in a murder mystery.
7. Lawyers have told me not to expect justice. Someone has to explore the concept of justice and wonder why so many don’t get it.
8. Nothing (well, almost nothing) gives me more pleasure than when, twenty minutes after I start writing, I’m really in contact with my characters and what they’re doing.
9. If I start a story and it keeps building, I can’t leave everyone in limbo. Both life and fiction have an end. (Did anyone understand the meaning of the TV show LOST? They’re all dead and in some kind of purgatory—was that it? It should have been a short story).
10. Giving readers a story and characters they enjoy is a goal worth meeting.
11. We’re into the reruns season on TV.
So, I’ll continue writing aware there’ll be days when I’d rather sit on the porch and chat, preferably with someone else.