If you are interested in blogging or want to promote your book, please contact E. B. Davis at writerswhokill@gmail.com.

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.


Friday, September 28, 2012

The Man in the Mirror

The Man In The Mirror

Standing at the sink, I look down at my hands. I have old man hands.  There are splotches on the back. Age spots, I think they’re called. The Boston Celtics haven’t called to offer me a tryout. I suspect I’m no longer on their list of who to call in a pinch. I can’t dribble a basketball, shoot or rebound, but I am slow.

The last time I came home from the hospital I saw my grandfather in the mirror. He had pasty white skin, a hairless head, sagging jowls and he was none too stable on his feet.  I don’t see him when I look in the mirror now.  There’s just some old codger who has a certain resemblance to me. 

More frequently when I open my mouth now either my father’s or my mother’s words come out. Actually that’s not a problem. My parents pretty much know what they’re talking about, even when they’re channeling through me.  

These days before I go on trips, I count my pills to be sure I have enough of each medication to last through the time I’ll be away from home.   When I arrive I have more pill bottles than electronic gizmos to plug in by a ratio of at least 2 to 1.   

Maybe I’m feeling a bit morose because the current round of chemo is kicking the crap out of me.  I can walk in the morning only because I’ve figured out all the possible bathroom stops along the way. I’ve had some close calls. Getting older is not for sissies.   Chemo is something sick people should never have to endure. I have only one Velcade shot left in this round.  I feel like Rocky Balboa coming out for the last round against Apollo Creed, battered and bleeding just putting one foot in front of the other.

I may never climb Mount Everest, but I’m still on my feet. Don’t count me out just yet.  


LD Masterson said...

Keep going, Warren. Just keep on going.

Warren Bull said...

Thanks, LD

Linda Rodriguez said...

But that's all you've got to do, Rocky--put one foot in front of the other.

Seriously, Warren, you look remarkably well for all you're going through. And I'm amazed at all you do. You haven't let this kick your ass. You've gotten up swinging every time. You have my deep admiration.

Warren Bull said...

Thank you, Linda. Sometimes it would be easier if it showed.

E. B. Davis said...

I agree, you've hid your ordeal well--almost too well. I knew something was going on, but then the last time your life was disrupted it was due to moving to and from New Zealand--a happy thing.

Your experience will make you a better writer with insight that we lucky ones lack. Small consolation, but your writing and blogging is very much needed and appreciated. Step by step...

Alyx Morgan said...

Glad you're still kickin', Warren.

Warren Bull said...

Thank you, EB. One when a doctor put me on a new medication, he described the medication as, "Old, Cheap and Reliable." That's my new mantra.

Warren Bull said...

Thanks, Alyx. Kicking is what I do.

Gloria Alden said...

I so admire you, Warren. I had no idea you were back to fighting your old enemy. And throughout it all you've kept your sense of humor. Your positive attitude will go along way towards winning your battle.

As for seeing your grandfather's face in the mirror, some months back I saw my grandmother's face and I'm not even going through any problems. I also keep soft lights in my bathroom so I almost always look better there than anywhere else.

I'll be rooting for you, Warren, and remembering you in my prayers.

Dianna Morris said...

People are much stronger than they think they are. You know you can do this. Step by step, just keep moving. I'm rooting for you, too.

Warren Bull said...

Gloria, Thank you. MY wife says I was very funny when I was completely out of it.

Warren Bull said...

Thank you, Dianna.

marja said...

I had no idea you were going through this, Warren. The fact that I'm still seeing your name around the Internet tells me you're a fighter. Keep it up, and know my good thoughts are walking beside you.

Warren Bull said...

Thank you, Marja,

Friends and family give me energy.

Polly Iyer said...

Wow, Warren. I didn't know. I thought your post was so touching, and that's before I knew your battle. Kick that nasty disease down the road, and just keep on kicking.

Warren Bull said...

Thanks, Polly