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Check out our February author interviews: 2/7-debut author Keenan Powell (Alaskan lawyer), 2/14-Leslie Wheeler (Rattlesnake Hill), 2/21-bestselling author Krista Davis, who unveils a new series, 2/28-Diane Vallere answers my questions about Pajama Frame. Please join us in welcoming these authors to WWK.

Our February Saturday Guest Blogger Schedule: 2/3-Saralyn Richard, 2/10-Kathryn Lane. WWK's Margaret H. Hamilton will blog on 2/17, and Kait Carson on 2/24.

Congratulations to our writers for the following publications:

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 has had the following shorts published as well: "Making Tracks" in Passport to Murder, Bouchercon anthology, October 2017 and "Turkey Underfoot," appears in the anthology The Killer Wore Cranberry: a Fifth Course of Chaos.


Friday, February 7, 2014

Mysteries of the Universe

NASA Hubble Telescope Image

Mysteries of the known universe that need unraveling:

Dear unknown e-mailer,

Do you really think I’m going to believe you are offering me millions of Euros, Yen or Dollars when your message to me contains errors in spelling and grammar? You command fortunes and can’t afford a secretary with skills in basic English? Am I supposed to believe the supposed FBI messages that speak for your validity?  I suspect the FBI has more important things to do than check out e-mail scams.

What is going to happen in China when the boys get older and figure out that many girls their age have been adopted by families in other countries and there will not be nearly as many women as there are men? Do you know the meaning of “polyandry?”

Is there any need at all for yet another “innovation” in how to open a beer can or in how a can is made? 

Why is every movie advertised like it is the “new” Gone With the Wind or Citizen Kane? What would be wrong with describing a movie as light, fun and worth two hours of your time?  Don’t you think advertising a film as entertainment that will not offend grandmothers or upset small children would attract a substantial audience, even though it might not be a blockbuster?

While I’m on the topic of movies, why do well-written, intelligent movie scripts drop twenty-five intelligence points in the final quarter of the film?

Why does a psychic keep sending me new readings? Doesn’t she, as a psychic, know that I deleted all previous reading without opening any? Doesn’t she know this one is going to the electronic trash heap unopened as well?  Just how psychic is she? 

Centrum Silver advertises that it was used in a study on the benefits of taking vitamins on health.  OK. So would you please mention the outcome of study?

“Volvo not only competed with Mercedes and Audi, but beat its competitors in

every subjective category.”  (emphasis added) What were the results of the objective measurements?

Do you have answers? What mysteries have you uncovered?


E. B. Davis said...

I think the lesson for mystery writers is to study advertising copy for deception. Mastering deception will improve a writer's skills. PR writers should care more about credibility, whereas mystery writers are paid to deceive--not cheat--there is a difference. The beauty is in the half-truth your characters reveal, a word that is the truth, but until italicized, readers fail to pick up on the truth of its meaning.

As far as those letters asking for money--I think some parts of the world view Americans as gullible and rich.

It evidently has occurred to the Chinese rich that living in Australia or the U.S. would give them better lives. Immigration has increased from the wealthy Chinese. I'm a bit surprised their government doesn't object. They are bringing their money with them--nice for a change.

Carla Damron said...

I've had the same thoughts about boys in China. Gonna be interesting, I think!

Jacqueline Seewald said...

Advertising does force us to become cynical!

Sarah Henning said...

Those poor little boys in China. Warren, you always make me think and crack me up at the same time.

Gloria Alden said...

One of Sayer's funniest books is "Murder Must Advertise" in which Lord Peter Wimsey goes undercover in an advertising agency to solve a crime.

As for the boys in China, I've thought about that often. All the babies put up for adoption in China to go to the U.S. and other countries were girls. As for the rich Chinese coming to this country, it's created a big problem in the San Francisco area. They are coming in and buying up houses paying cash over and beyond the asking price which hurts the people, who need to get a bank loan to buy a home.

Kara Cerise said...

The latest ingenious email I received was from a Sgt. Hilger in Afghanistan (formerly in Iraq) asking my help to move the equivalent of 25 million US dollars to a safe country. Apparently, the money was hidden with a cache of weapons at one of Saddam Hussein's palaces. It's a mystery why the author of the letter isn't a thriller writer.

KM Rockwood said...

You mean my distant cousin really isn't in Nigeria with a fortune just waiting for me to send him funds so he can release all the money to my bank account? Uh oh.

And China already has a problem with not enough women available. It has resulted in some kidnapping and sales of brides.

Shari Randall said...

Oh, Warren, these are great. The bit with the psychic is especially funny (but she knows that).