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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 Karen Borelli.
“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.
Wednesday, January 9, 2013
I love reading. Just like my fellow WWK bloggers here--and all of you who come to visit--reading is one of my favorite ways to unwind. The benefits of reading are immeasurable (though I'm sure some scientist has found a way to quantify them). Whether you need a break from your everyday reality, or want to be able to discuss the latest bestseller with friends, books are a great way to spend your time.
One of my favorite benefits, however, is the knowledge I gain from reading.
Now I don't mean to imply that I read textbooks or biographies on amazing people from our world's history; I'm not one who can learn something that way. Quite honestly, within five minutes of reading something specifically designed to teach, either the words on the page become all jumbled, or I doze off. But when a book imparts some wisdom in an enjoyable way I can actually retain the information.
Which is astounding, since I appear to have horrible reading comprehension. When I took all those tests in school, Comprehension was always my lowest score, and I still have issues with it. I've read the Harry Potter books several times, but still have trouble remembering in which book certain events or characters were introduced.
I may not always remember where I learned certain bits of information, but I definitely get a thrill of "A-Ha!" the moment I glean some factoid from a book. Devil in the White City was rife with interesting little tidbits, and some of those I actually remember; like that Cracker Jacks were invented for the 1893 World's Fair, as was the Ferris Wheel.
Even a book like The Da Vinci Code had some great information to impart. Regardless of whether or not you believe the information about Jesus Christ or paganism, there were some interesting facts in there. For instance, I had seen The Mona Lisa in person before, but I had never heard of the Sfumato style of painting that was used to create it. How could I, when I didn't study art? All I knew when I saw the painting was that it was much smaller than I'd thought from seeing it in pictures.
Around the World in Eighty Days taught me some geography, and Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea gave me more information on different types of fish than I could ever hope to have needed in my lifetime. I'm even reading a book now in which I've just learned what the roles of Gaffer, Grip, and Best Boy do with regards to movies, and that was all given to me in a “throw away” scene in the book; it’s not necessarily integral to the plot. Yes, these are all things I could've learned by doing some research online, but I enjoy it more when such knowledge comes to me in a fortuitous way.
My mom has even mentioned how she'll learn of something through a book or movie, and shortly thereafter will see a question on Jeopardy (her favorite show) that somehow references her new found information. She loves when those moments happen.
How about you? What cool facts have you learned from reading fiction?