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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.


Monday, July 30, 2012

Delivering One-Liners

When my husband and I were first married BC (Before Children), we got the half-baked idea to move back to our hometown in Pennsylvania. We missed our families and the countryside. To seal the deal, we bought an old farmhouse.

Every weekend, we’d travel from Virginia to Pennsylvania to renovate the house. At the start, we thought we would be moving into the house and living there, so the renovation work became far more extensive than if we had been fixing it up to sell it. In the end, we realized that there were quite a few reasons why moving wasn’t a good idea and were happy our plans didn’t work out even if we had put far too much effort into the renovation.

We loaded the doors onto my husband’s truck and took them back to Virginia so that during the week, I could strip the old paint and restore their beauty. Since they were handmade, solid doors, I felt the effort was well worth the labor and time. They were beautiful by the time I finished. But other tasks in the house were in situ chores.

The entire house was finished in old plaster, and a lot of it was in sorry shape. When we tore down a wall to open compartmentalized space, we found that the original owners were poor folks who insulated the walls with newspaper. The newspapers dated the house’s age to 1916. The headlines featured WWI and the women’s suffragette movement.

Much to my surprise, the editorials on the suffragette movement focused on the question of who would raise the children—a question we still struggle to answer—when I had imagined fearful, domineering men trying to hold on to their power (although I’m sure there was some of that and some of the other inane arguments justifying inequality). The opposition arguments were better than I expected because their priorities on children were at least valid. I took some of the advertisements from the newspapers, kept them and had them framed.

One night, after we’d been working on the house for several months, we were slap-happy with fatigue and started knocking plaster off the ceilings in the upstairs bedrooms. My husband worked in one bedroom, and I worked in another. Even though my husband is a building contractor, to this day he favors new construction because renovation is a dirty mess.

I’ve always loved champagne. My husband, wanting to reward me for my perseverance, bought me a cold bottle, but he forgot that we had no glasses, not even a paper cup. With no alternative, I opened the champagne and drank directly from the bottle. Since we were young fools with a lot of energy, we continued to work. Perched on a ladder and armed with a hammer in one hand and the champagne bottle in the other hand, I knocked off old plaster, which rained down on my head and covered me in grime, when my brother-in-law came up the stairs to see how we are doing.

I hoped and prayed, and then he answered my prayers by asking, “What are you doing?”

Of course, I replied, “I’m getting plastered.”

Do you orchestrate one-liners for your characters? Has life afforded you the opportunity to deliver any good one-liners? Let me know. I’d love to hear your stories.


Linda Rodriguez said...

The things we do when we're young! I only wish I had that energy and strength now. Good blog, Elaine!

I don't orchestrate one-liners for my characters. As in real life, I think that tends to make them sound strained. But sometimes the opportunity for one arises spontaneously, and that's nice.

Warren Bull said...

Sadly, I usually think of one-liners long after the immediate situation is over. However, I was once confronted by a divorced man who claimed to have a court order stating that I could not continue to see his wife and children in therapy. She had the legal right to bring them in. I checked. He headed toward the door saying, "You would want to violate a court order." I answered, "Of course not. Just bring in the order so I can make a copy for the files."

He looked like a deer in the headlights.

E. B. Davis said...

You're right, Linda. If you try too hard, the strain will show, but every now and again, a one-liner presents itself and can show your MC's whimsical nature. I like a character that can see the lighter side, especially since our work is so often dark.

E. B. Davis said...

Sounds as if you called that one just right, Warren. I like it when bullies are cleaned, starched, pressed and spotlighted in stark relief. Real life affords few opportunities. We need to take advantage of every one.

Polly said...

One-liners are tough because it's so easy to make them sarcastic. I've written good ones and sarcastic ones. The good ones aren't planned; the sarcastic ones hopefully fit the character speaking the line. Those are the ones that are tricky because you don't want the reader to identify your character as unlikeable or a smart ass. I have to admit to writing a few of those. :-(

E. B. Davis said...

I think you're being way too hard on yourself, Polly. Sarcastic characters can be fun. I know that sarcasm is supposed to be the lowest form of comedy, but at least it is comedy! Face it, a lot of our humor is sarcasm--we're not all fantastic comics. But we can poke fun, and often sarcasm is our fun. It's a great way to be self-depreciating, and most people like characters to evoke that personality aspect. (in a way that is unfortunate, but true)