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February Interviews

2/5 Heather Weidner, Glitter, Glam, and Contraband
2/12 Rhys Bowen, Above The Bay of Angels
2/19 Elizabeth Penney, Hems & Homicide
2/26 Annette Dashofy, Under The Radar

Saturday Guest Bloggers:
2/1 Valerie Burns
2/8 Jeannette de Beauvoir
2/15 Kathryn Lane

WWK Bloggers: 2/22 Kait Carson, 1/28 & 1/29 Special Interviews with Agatha Nominees by Paula Gail Benson


WWK is proud of our four Agatha nominees. Kaye George for Best Short Story--not her first time to be nominated, Connie Berry and Grace Topping for Best First Mystery Novel (wish they weren't having to compete against each other), and Annette Dashofy for Best Contemporary Novel--her fifth nomination!

Congratulations to our writers for the following publications:

Look for Kaye George and Margaret S. Hamilton's short stories in the new Mid-Century Murder by Darkhouse Books. Kaye's story is "Life and Death on the Road" and Margaret's story is titled "4BR/3.5BA Contemporary."

Kaye George's first novel in the Vintage Sweets mystery series, Revenge is Sweet, will be released on March 10th. Look for the interview here on March 11.

Grace Topping's second novel in Laura Bishop staging series, Staging Wars, will be released by Henery Press on April 28th. Look for the interview here on April 29th.

Don't miss Shari Randall's "The Queen of Christmas" available on at Amazon. Shari's holiday story for WWK was too long so she published it for our enjoyment. It's available for 99 cents or on Kindle Unlimited for free!

KM Rockwood's "The Society" and "To Die A Free Man; the Story of Joseph Bowers" are included in the BOULD Awards Anthology, which was released on November 19. KM won second place with a cash prize for "The Society." Congratulations, KM! Kaye George's "Meeting on the Funicular" is also in this anthology, which can be bought for 99 cents on Kindle until November 30.

Paula Gail Benson's story "Wisest, Swiftest, Kindest" appears in Love in the Lowcountry an anthology by the Lowcountry Romance Writers available 11/5 in e-book and print format on Amazon. The anthology includes fourteen stories all based in Charleston, South Carolina.

Kaye George's "Grist for the Mill" was published in A Murder of Crows anthology, edited by Sandra Murphy on October 9th.

Shari Randall will be writing again for St. Martin's, perhaps under a pseudonym. We look forward to reading Shari's Ice Cream Shop Mystery series debuting next year. Congratulations, Shari!

Susan Van Kirk's A Death At Tippett Pond was released on June 15th. Read E. B. Davis's interview with Susan.

Warren Bull's Abraham Lincoln: Seldom Told Stories was released. It is available at: GoRead: https://www.goread.com/book/abraham-lincoln-seldom-told-stories or at Amazon: https://tinyurl.com/ydaklx8p


Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Forcing Inspiration

When I was in school, I used to finish my homework the day it was due.  I think I took homework home in grade school, but somewhere around junior high, I almost never did my homework at home.  This meant there were many days when I could be found working on my 4th period book report in 3rd period Algebra, and so forth

This method seemed to work well enough for me, since I was able to achieve A's and B's for my grades, and even made the honor roll.  However, there was always that stress associated with racing to get something done in the eleventh hour.  Waiting until the last minute seemed to make me focus better on whatever task I had to work on, but at a price.  To this day, I've been told that I sometimes come across as angry when in fact I'm just extremely focused on a task that has to get done right away.

As I got older, though, I wanted to get away from the stress of waiting until the last minute to finish (or even start) a project.  Yes, I had been able to make things work that way--and quite often, they turned out amazingly well--but I grew tired of being stressed out, and knowing that it could've been even better if I'd only taken more time. 

So when I first started writing my other blog, I set aside a certain day to write each week's post, allowing myself a few days for revisions.  There were weeks when things got in the way of revisions, and I would scramble the day before, or even an hour before I posted the blog, but I was always able to produce my blog every Friday.

Then, when I joined WWK, I learned that it was possible to schedule posts for days or even weeks in advance.  Don't ask me why I didn't learn that in my almost two years at my other blog, because I don't know the answer to that.  Chalk it up to not learning all the ins and outs of that program, and just focusing on the writing.  But, when I learned that here, I thought "WooHoo!"  Now I could write blogs in advance, have them all set up, and I wouldn't have to remember to go post at a certain time of the day.  I usually have a month's worth of blogs lined up here at WWK, and I'm working towards that at my other site.

Now all I have to remember is to go to each blog on the days they post, and respond to the comments that get left . . . which sometimes gets a little tricky, I have to admit.  The one downside to setting things up in advance is that it's not foremost in my thoughts anymore.  I've written it, and scheduled it, so my work seems done.

There are still times when I use the last-minute panic mode, to be honest.  Even if I have things all scheduled, every now and then I get a flash of inspiration for a blog that I just HAVE to write, and that would work better for this week's post.  So, I just brush off my panic-mode hat, and get to work.

This week’s post wasn’t like that, though.  ;o)


Warren Bull said...

i admit I was one of those students who had his homework done early. In college during finals when other were mainlining coffee taking pills to stay awake. I went to be early the night before the final exam to get plenty of sleep. I have worked with final grains of sand running out of the hourglass. I just prefer things calm.

Linda Rodriguez said...

Warren, I was more like Alyx in school. I was always daydreaming in class and playing catch-up at the last minute, but it was easy for me to do it that way. I also had a lot of responsibilities at home.

When I went back to school as an adult with teenagers and a toddler, I did everything I could ahead of time. I couldn't take my little one to the library to research, so I went in early in the semester with a topic for each paper and checked out books to use. (No internet in those days.) I might write the paper at the last minute (I worked two jobs and wrote freelance to support us as well as going to school full-time)but I had all the research done early.

Kara Cerise said...

I admit that I was an over-caffeinated college student who stayed up all night studying before finals. When I was young I worked better under deadlines in a fast paced atmosphere but now I prefer to plan ahead and have a somewhat predictable, calm life.

Gloria Alden said...

I'm a prograstinator. I wasn't so bad during school when I had tests to study for or papers due, but I still cut it close. I'm worse when I'm expecting guests for dinner. Then I'm either running around sweeping the floor or making a salad as guests drive in. Someday I'm going to have everything ready and waiting so I can greet my guests calm and collected and sit down to have a glass of wine or coffee with them.

It's the same way with my blog. I have lots of ideas perking in my brain, but inevitably a new one pops in several days before it's to be posted so it's a bit of a rush to get it written and sent for review and then posted and scheduled. But I am going to get better. Yes, I am.

Alyx Morgan said...

Nice, Warren. Yes, it's much nicer when things get done early & you have time to relax.

Alyx Morgan said...

LOL Yes, Gloria, you will get better. Like I said, there are still times when I'm scrambling to get something done last-minute, but it's SO much nicer when I don't have to do it that way.

You just have to take the time to reprogram your brain & habits.

E. B. Davis said...

I was like Warren. I got it done so I didn't have to worry about it. But I also discovered that there were times that I needed more time once I started on a project. The night before exams--like Warren, I went to bed if not early, then on time.

Blogging is a lot of work. I've already had my blog written, submitted for edits and then realized that I forgot to post it! Oh well--it becomes routine after a while.

What takes time? Reading books that maybe you wouldn't normally read so that you can do an interview for Welcome Wednesday. I invite and implore all of you to try it. Maybe Warren and I do most of the interviews because we are early starters. Never realized that aspect could be a factor.

Maddy said...

Long ago I realized this was a manifestation of genetics at work. My brother - left everything until the last minute and then soared through the adrenalin rush. Me - always well in advance or I'd be in such a panic my brain would completely fail to function.

So it's a case of whatever works for you and probably best not to fight it.

Linda Rodriguez said...

EB, in my case, I do two series on my own blog where I review books or interview authors--"Books of Interest by Writers of Color" and "Literary Mystery Novelists." That's why I don't do the Welcome Wednesday posts. I'm already behind in my own reviews and interviews.

E. B. Davis said...

I didn't realize, Linda. Yes, you are doing double duty. So far Warren and I have handle it okay.

Alyx Morgan said...

You might be right, Maddy, that it's something genetic, but I also believe you can change your spots, if you really want to.

Now, I like getting things done on time, but I also like being able to tap into the panic mode, when the situation necessitates it.

Thanks for stopping by, Maddy.