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April Interviews

4/1 Jennifer Chow, Mimi Lee Gets A Clue
4/8 John Gaspard
4/15 Art Taylor, The Boy Detective & The Summer of '74
4/22 Maggie Toussaint, Seas the Day
4/29 Grace Topping, Staging Wars

Saturday Guest Bloggers
4/4 Sasscer Hill
4/18 Jackie Green

WWK Bloggers:
4/11 Paula Gail Benson
4/25 Kait Carson


WWK is proud of our four Agatha nominees. Kaye George for Best Short Story--not her first time to be nominated, Connie Berry and Grace Topping for Best First Mystery Novel (wish they weren't having to compete against each other), and Annette Dashofy for Best Contemporary Novel--her fifth nomination!

Congratulations to our writers for the following publications:

Look for Kaye George and Margaret S. Hamilton's short stories in the new Mid-Century Murder by Darkhouse Books. Kaye's story is "Life and Death on the Road" and Margaret's story is titled "4BR/3.5BA Contemporary."

Kaye George's first novel in the Vintage Sweets mystery series, Revenge is Sweet, will be released on March 10th. Look for the interview here on March 11.

Grace Topping's second novel in Laura Bishop staging series, Staging Wars, will be released by Henery Press on April 28th. Look for the interview here on April 29th.

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.

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!


Sunday, June 30, 2013

Time Flies When You’re Having Fun

I’ve spent this entire week improving CABIN FEVER based on the first-round edits, comments and suggestions from my editor. I’ve known for some time that I enjoy editing my manuscripts, and this week provided further evidence.

Before receiving the communication from my editor, I had been working on the first draft of my next Seamus McCree novel, producing about 47,500 words. To accomplish that, I set daily goals. Some days the goal was to write at least 1,000 words; other days it was to spend a minimum two hours writing. I’m a pantser, so first drafts come slowly for me—especially the first half of a novel when I spend a lot of time thinking about where the characters want to take the story. As I get closer to the end, my writing quickens because I have a better feel for the characters and plot.

The week before this one I took a short break from writing to participate in a bridge tournament. My plan was to return home late Thursday night. On the way home, I ran over some road debris and got a flat tire. At ten o’clock at night in the sparsely populated area north of Green Bay, Wisconsin there are not a lot of places to get a tire fixed. I chose to stop in the next decent sized town, Crivitz, and spend the night so I could get the tire repaired in the morning rather than try traveling a hundred rainy miles on a donut.

Greeting my delayed arrival home was an email with the editor’s comments on CABIN FEVER. The next day I spent eight hours editing. Each following day, with the exception of the day I had to go into town for various reasons, I spent at least eight hours on the work.

I put off weeding the wildflower garden of maple trees and thistle. I put off exercise. I put off reading. I put off long walks in the woods. I put off writing this blog. I focused on the manuscript until I became physically tired and knew I could no longer give my best efforts. Only then did I move to other activities. Time flew while I was working.

This time flying is a key to finding those things we really enjoy. It’s common wisdom, caught in the expression “Time Flies When You’re Having Fun.” Yet, it is wisdom I often forget, and so I treasure this opportunity to recall it again.

What are the activities that cause you to wonder where the time went?

~ Jim

PS - The illustration is the mock-up of the cover I suggested to the publisher. Let me know what you think of it.


E. B. Davis said...

I love to be engrossed in writing a story, scene or chapter. Time passes without my being aware of it. The only other activity that comes close is being on the beach. My husband and I have been known to start the day at the beach at 6 a.m. and finish around 6-7 p.m. I wish I could write for as long, but I have to admit that after five or six hours, I'm mentally exhausted after writing--but that's a good thing.

carla said...

I know what you mean! I've had huge chunks of time disappear when I'm sucked into my writing!

Gloria Alden said...

Like you, Jim, I'm a pantser and have trouble getting going on the first part even though I know the plot and who did the dire deed, but as I progress I do better. I also like to edit. Every time I reread my work I make changes. I think this could go on forever, However, I could never stare at a computer screen for so many hours without a terrific headache so I break up my writing time with things like weeding in gardening season or a little cleaning or reading in the winter.

Shari Randall said...

It's a great feeling to get so deeply into a story. I also love the editing phase - sometimes I think I like editing more than writing....
Cool cover! Did you get to choose?

Paula Gail Benson said...

Jim, I love the cover, too. The writing can be invigorating, but meeting the challenge of editing, and accomplishing it, can give you the most incredibly satisfying feeling. Congratulations, Jim. Excelsior!

Warren Bull said...

Athletes like writers can get into the groove where everything gets easier and time passes quickly. Sometimes a really interesting conversation or class when I am learning can go as quickly as the times when writing flows.

Jim Jackson said...

So the writers seem to agree that they can get lost in the work and that's a good thing.

How about the readers?

As to the cover: This was my mock-up suggestion for the publisher. No decisions have been made, I'm just interested in what people think about it. If people love it, I can push and if they are just so-so, I can tuck it into my ever-increasing folder of things I've tried unsuccessfully to do!

~ Jim

Kaye George said...

I can't get lost in editing, but I can in first draft. That's my Nirvana. I don't think I could do that for 8 hours, though. OK, I know I couldn't!