Starting on 11/28 WWK presents original short stories by some of our authors. Here's our lineup:

11/28 Debra H. Goldstein, "Thanksgiving in Moderation"

12/5 Annette Dashofy, "Las Posadas--A New Mexico Christmas"

12/12 Warren Bull, "The Thanksgiving War"

12/19 KM Rockwood, "The Gift of Peace"

12/26 Paula Gail Benson, "The Lost Week of the Year"


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














November Interviews
11/6 Barbara Ross, Nogged Off
11/13 Lena Gregory, Scone Cold Killer
11/20 Lois Winston, Handmade Ho-Ho Homicide
11/27 V. M Burns, Bookmarked For Murder

Saturday Guest Bloggers:
11/2 V. M. Burns
11/9 Heather Redmond
11/16 Arlene Kay

WWK Bloggers: 11/23 Kait Carson

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Congratulations to our writers for the following publications:

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.


Lyrical Press will publish Kaye George's Vintage Sweets mystery series. The first book, Revenge Is Sweet, will be released in March. Look for the interview here on 3/11.

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

Grace Topping's mystery, Staging is Murder was released April 30. It is now also available in audio.

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Friday, October 26, 2012

Bubble Wrap Politics


Bubble Wrap Politics

I recently had a conversation with a friend in New Zealand who commented that he had to be careful with what he said to Americans about the presidential election because people for both candidates are easily offended.  I think he’s right.  It seems to me that many people in both camps have locked themselves into a way of perceiving the election, and maybe the whole world, in a way that discounts any information or opinion that diverges from their preconceptions.  Many of us are like separate bubbles in a sheet of bubble wrap, i.e., we feel complete and whole. We don’t acknowledge our common connections. 

I believe the last time the American population was as polarized as now was shortly before the Civil War. 

Governor Romney’s error during the second presidential debate in stating President Obama did not immediately denounce the killings in Libya as, an “act of terror” could be a reflection of the current state of politics. Apparently there was, and may still be, statements on right-wing blogs that the President did not use that language until weeks after the tragic events in spite of the transcripts and videotape showing that he did. The actual statement was ignored because it did not fit the stereotype of the president as weak on foreign policy. 

Putting politics aside for the moment, logically why wouldn’t President Obama describe act of terror as acts of terror?  If Governor Romney had been president, I believe he would have used such language.  I can’t think of any past president of the United States who would not. 

Some time ago a friend of mine mistakenly said Governor Romney told the press he had not taken part in the war in Viet Nam because he was personally “too valuable.” to risk his life in a war he had supported.  I’ll give my friend credit for admitting and correcting the statement, which originated from a politically satirical source.  Of course, Mr. Romney didn’t say anything like that. Who would?  It went around as a rumor because it fit the stereotype of the Governor as an unusually privileged person.

I have heard comments suggesting that each contestant has a close personal tie with the devil.

It is comfortable and comforting to interact with people who share our values and beliefs.  It’s reassuring to interact and have our beliefs supported. But when we exclude people with other ideas and values we risk ending up with perceptions that are more idealized and/or demonized than realistic.

Do you agree?  

8 comments:

E. B. Davis said...

I agree, Warren. I learned a college word in freshman Sociology class that I think applies here--ethnocentrism. Although with the Internet our world seems to be shrinking, even within the U.S., let alone the world, cultures and values are diverse. Learning leads to understanding. But there are differences that sometimes form a gulf that can't be bridged. It is then up to us to preserve our values and liberties the U.S. Constitution provides.

randall031 said...

Amen Warren Amen.

I'm so ready for this election to be over and then hope we can find some way to actually TALK to each other, regardless of which camp we're in.

Thanks.

James Montgomery Jackson said...

I'm not quite sure the population is as polarized as the current crop of politicians. To be fair, that may have been the case before the Civil War until the Secession occurred (or maybe even until the first shots were fired.)

My mother has a solution that I repeat with attribution whenever possible: any vote for candidates comes with a box at the bottom "none of the above." When you check the box it subtracts one vote from each candidate. The winner is someone with the most votes, and the number has to be positive.

If no candidate gets a positive vote, the parties try someone else. Continue until someone wins under the rules.

It would force parties back to the middle, where most of the voters really would prefer to be governed.

~ Jim

Warren Bull said...

Well said. EB

Warren Bull said...

Randall031,

It will be a relief.

Warren Bull said...

James. Your mother is a wise woman.

Linda Rodriguez said...

James,your mother is such a wise woman. I vote that she be allowed to overhaul our extremely dysfunctional political system.

Randall031, I'm with you there.

Warren, thanks for not outing me.

I was the friend who sent the satirical post thinking it was true. It wasn't from the Onion or any known satirical outlet but a new one that had just started up and it was written like an actual news article, so I got fooled. One of the big problems I've seen with this whole electoral cycle has been the extreme stances politicians (on both sides) take that would seem surely to have come right out of the Onion's pages, but unfortunately turn out to be things people in political office are actually publicly saying or espousing.

I'm so ready for it to be over.

Warren Bull said...

Linda,

In this election it is hard to tell reality from satire. Nobody would believe it if it were written as fiction.