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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, June 7, 2012
Keeping a Journal
Keeping a journal is more than writing down simple things like what happened that day although that's pretty much what I do. It's not exactly like practicing cursive as a young student or writing spelling words ten times. It's more like musicians singing or playing the scales or simple songs to limber up. Keeping a journal not only chroncles your life, but it limbers up your writing skills the way jogging slowly before running limbers up your muscles. At least that's my opinion.
I started journaling when I was fourteen. I used a three-ring binder and wrote pages and pages on notebook paper. When I grew up and had teenagers of my own, I was going to remember what it was like to be a teenager. Or so I thought. I kept it up until I graduated, got a job, met my future husband and got too busy. That ended my journaling for over twenty years until my brother and sister-in-law, Jerry and Joanne, gave me a journal for Christmas 1981. The inscription inside read: To Gloria, to gather your thoughts, your prayers and your memories. I misplaced it and didn't find it until March 1982. I was in my second semester of college, and my first entry detailed winning the Virginia Perryman Award for freshmen writers. I was in my early forties at the time, so I probably had the advantage of life experiences, but I was thrilled with winning, not only because I won $60.00, quite a bit at that time, but I was also recognized at an award ceremony at Kent State in April.
From that entry I'd like to say I continued a daily journal, but I didn't. I wrote one entry several days later, skipped a year, added a few more entries then skipped three years until after I graduated from college and had been teaching for a while. I didn't start keeping a steady daily journal until the spring of 1989, and I've faithfully written almost every day since that time.
My journals are not filled with beautiful prose nor are there fanciful flights of poetic thoughts. They're mostly prosaic entries listing what I did that day or the day before.Sometimes I write about feelings or ideas I have, but it's not anything future historians would be interested in. It's good I have no illusions about becoming a famous writer someday. At least I write more than my brother, Jerry did. "Went to the library," "Planted a thousand daffodil bulbs" or "Got the brakes fixed on the truck." But at least he kept a journal. After he died, we sat around the table reading what he'd written and smiled over remembrances of him. His entries were Jerry. To the point. Nothing extraneous.
However, when I've gone back to my beginning journals as I did for this blog, I'm reading things I'd forgotten. I regret I didn't keep a journal when my children were growing up. Fortunately, I wrote letters to my three sisters when they were away at college. My sister, Elaine, saved the ones I sent her and put them in a scrapbook for me years later. She made a quilted cover for it and gave it to me one Christmas. It was one of my favorite gifts because I read things about my children I'd forgotten. I didn't remember until I read one letter that my youngest, Mary, had trouble differentiating between frogs and toads so she called them all froads.
In my journal, I also write on the inside covers every book I've read, the author, and a line or two of my opinion of the book. I keep a gardening journal during gardening season, too. That is even more prosaic than my regular journal.
My journals may all end up in a dumpster someday, but then again maybe not. Maybe my children and grandchildren someday will be interested in them. Probably not, but sometimes I like going back to older ones like the one in which I detailed my battle with the skunk. And as for that 3-ring binder journal I kept as a teenager? It got wet when our basement flooded long before my kids were teenagers. Maybe that's why I wasn't the perfect mother a teenager could wish for, or maybe it was because I had four teenagers at one time. Boggles the imagination, doesn't it?
Have you ever tried keeping a journal? Have you used your journals as research for your novels?