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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.


Friday, July 12, 2013

Spring Training All Year Long

Spring Training All Year Long

I recently listened to two former professional baseball players announcing a Royals game.  One, a former allstar infielder, said every spring training he would think to himself, “I hope I can still hit.”  The other announcer, a former great pitcher, said, “Really? Every spring I thought to myself, “I hope I can still pitch.” 

Earlier I heard an interview with the great English actress, Dame Judi Dench.  She said every time she finishes an acting job she has a moment of sheer panic worrying that she may never work again.

Having my fifth book, KILLER EULOGY AND OTHER STORIES published and having my short story come out in the tribute anthology to Ray Bradbury DANDELIONS OF MARS, I accomplished two writing achievements that really meant something special to me in a short interval of time.  I wanted to honor Ray Bradbury who was a source of inspiration to me. I also wanted to write dark stories tapping into the genre of noir fiction, which includes some of the most gripping writing ever as well as some of the most poetic.  The writing took years of effort, multiple revisions, gradually coming closer and closer to what I had in mind.  Publishing, when it finally occurred, was work done by others.

I know the feeling of uncertainty and even panic.  Up close and personal.

So, can I still write?  I hope so.  I’ve lost the ability twice after my two bone marrow transplants.  Each time it was one of the last abilities I regained.  There is no reason to think I cannot, but there is that fear.
How do you feel after a success?


James Montgomery Jackson said...

When I was a consultant, I watched many before me fall off their prime. Eventually they were let go—usually with nice buy-outs. From a present value of earnings standpoint, that’s the way to go. I wanted to leave when I was still at (or at least near) the top of my game, and retired when I was 51.

Most athletes wait too long, perhaps because they don’t have a back-up plan.
Some writers stay at the top of their “game” forever. Others don’t.

Since I’m still on the upward curve regarding my skills (or at least I believe that to be the case), I figure I have a few more years before I need to start worrying.

~ Jim

Paula Gail Benson said...

Every new beginning has its uncertainties. Until you get into the flow and have the feeling something is there, it's easy to fear. What is it that's said? 98% of any task is getting it started?

Sarah Henning said...

Linda Rodriguez said something really wise the other night at her workshop. I'm paraphrasing, but basically: When you finish this book, you won't have learned how to finally write a book, you'll have learned to write *that* book.

I agree. With every book and story, it's like getting on a bike and hoping the wheels will turn. They will, but who knows where they'll go?

Linda Rodriguez said...

Thanks, Sarah. I'm glad you think I'm wise, but it wasn't really me, unfortunately.

Actually, what I did was quote Neil Gaiman who was telling about a conversation with the great sf/f novelist, Gene Wolfe. When Gaiman finished his classic novel, AMERICAN GODS, he said to Wolfe, who had been a mentor to the younger Gaiman, "Gene, I think I've finally learned how to write a novel." Wolfe looked at him with pity and said, "Neil, you never learn how to write a novel. You simply learn how to write the novel you just finished."

Warren Bull said...

Way to go out on top, Jim

Warren Bull said...

Paula, I think it's 98% of life is showing up.

Warren Bull said...

Sarah and Linda, Thanks for the quotation.

Gloria Alden said...

Warren, when I was teaching I loved it and felt confident I was doing a decent job. However, when the administration changed and made changes so I couldn't teach like I felt was right for my students, that's when I decided to retire - at the top of my game, except for those last two years.

It's always hard for me to start a new book or story. I have ideas, but to actually make myself start is difficult. I don't know if it's a fear of failing as much as it isn't "my book" yet - sort of like Gene Wolfe said.

Jacqueline Seewald said...

Health problems and rejections for work are both very discouraging.
I guess we just have to turn those lemons into lemonade if we're to keep going. We are writers and so we need to write. It's in our DNA.