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Here are the upcoming WWK interviews for the month of July!

July 4th Christopher Huang, A Gentleman's Murder

July 11th V. M. Burns, The Plot Is Murder

July 18th Edith Maxwell (Maddie Day), Death Over Easy

July 25th Shari Randall, Against The Claw

Our July Saturday Guest Blogger Schedule: 7/7--Mary Feliz, 7/14--Annie Hogsett, 7/21--Margaret S. Hamilton, 7/28--Kait Carson.

Our special bloggers for the fifth Monday and Tuesday of July--Kaye George and Paula Gail Benson.

Please welcome two new members to WWK--Annette Dashofy, who will blog on alternative Sundays with Jim Jackson, and Nancy Eady, who will blog on every fourth Monday. Thanks for blogging with us Annette and Nancy!

Congratulations to our writers for the following publications:

Annette Dashofy's Uneasy Prey was released in March. It is the sixth Zoe Chambers Mystery. The seventh, Cry Wolf, will be released on September 18th. Look for E. B. Davis's interview with Annette on September 19th.

Carla Damron's quirky short story, "Subplot", was published in the Spring edition of The Offbeat Literary Journal. You can find it here: http://offbeat.msu.edu/volume-18-spring-2018/

Tina Whittle's sixth Tai Randolph mystery, Necessary Ends, debuts on April 3, 2018. Look for it here. Tina was nominated for a Derringer Award for her novelette, "Trouble Like A Freight Train Coming." We're all crossing our fingers for her.

James M. Jackson's Empty Promises, the next in the Seamus McCree mystery series (5th), was published on April 3, 2018. Purchase links are here. He's working on Seamus McCree #6 (False Bottom)

Dark Sister, a poetry collection, is Linda Rodriguez's tenth published book. It's available for sale here:

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.

Shari Randall's second Lobster Shack Mystery, Against the Claw, will be available in July 31, 2018.


Tuesday, July 5, 2011

July 5th

It’s not easy being July 5th. Every year it follows the excitement of Independence Day. How does a regular day compete with a holiday filled with family, friends, barbecues, and fireworks? While July 4th may sizzle, July 5th can really fizzle.

It’s much like a writer who feels the thrill of achievement after finishing a short story or book, finding an agent, winning a competition or receiving an award then has to get back to the business of writing one word at a time. It can be a letdown.

So, how do you keep the celebratory feeling while starting over? According to motivational experts there are ways to ease into a new project. First, absorb the joy of accomplishment and congratulate yourself for persevering. Additionally, soak up everyone’s good wishes and hold onto them. At this point, a brief break from writing may help re-energize and refocus your priorities.

Next, let go of the past accomplishment, release it into the world then concentrate on what needs to be done right now. As the saying goes, the past is history, the future is a mystery, but today is a gift.

Experts also stress the importance of support groups and, as most of us know, they are invaluable. This cheering section will be the first to clap and yell when you have a win, offer encouragement when times are rough and goad you into action when your pen is at a standstill.

Finally, continue to celebrate the small wins such as completing a scene or chapter. Reward yourself for reaching milestones along your path to the next major achievement.

“The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate.” – Oprah Winfrey


E. B. Davis said...

I feel like the day-July 5th. Two of my shorts that were accepted for publication were returned for edits. Yes, I'm still happy the stories will be published, but on each story there were edits and questions about the stories that may change the story. Like if they didn't like the story, why did they accept it? So, I'm looking for ways to salvage my stories and satisfy them. AGH!

Kara Cerise said...

That’s a frustrating place to be E.B.! It’s starting over...but not really. The “experts” write that it’s best to be Zen-like and release the project and then go on. But my preferred method is to sit in the chair with an I-will-not-be-defeated-if-it kills-me attitude and munch chocolate. I’m sure that’s not the best way. How do other people get through the July 5th feeling?

Pauline Alldred said...

There are so many days-after. It's as though we weren't meant to spend too much time just celebrating. The aftermath most often seems to mean more work--after the birth of a baby, after the wedding day, after a piece of writing is accepted but needs editing, and so on.
Would we be happy if we didn't have to work and lived in some kind of Garden of Eden. I'd find it boring.

E. B. Davis said...

I was Zen-like Kara. I let it go. Like the Terminator-they're back! Chocolate is good. Champagne is better!

Kara Cerise said...

That's a good point, Pauline. Challenge keeps us growing otherwise we could become sort of stale.

Warren Bull said...

My sixth grade teacher used to tell us: One dat you're the cracker. The next day you're the crumb. I'm revising a story accepted for publication too. Luckily, the editor is good at what she does and the story will end up better than the original submission. In other cases with other editors I've felt like EB.