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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.

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Friday, August 22, 2014

Warming up


Warming up

As part of my singing lessons, I have been taught warm up exercises.   One starts with me making a sound rather like an older person snoring lightly while he or she naps.  From there I am supposed to sound like a old hand-cranked siren getting ramped up, heading up into my “head voice.” I then reverse direction and drop my voice into the, “Luke, I am your father” range.

Another warm up sounds like a cat food commercial.  Do you remember the food, “Cats ask for by name?”  Meow and Mee-ow up and down the scale.  I watch myself in a mirror making vowel sounds.  My coach talks about the physical aspects of singing, which is surprisingly helpful.  Surprising to me anyway.  For me whole lot of learning to sing is learning and practicing the physical requirements. 

Then there is the activity in which a single breath powers five descending but discrete consonants followed by a sustained note.  Sometimes it does and other times it does not.

At the moment I am trying to voice the vowels ah to i (as in it) to e (as in bee) moving only my tongue.  I can more nearly successful when I start with the e and then move to i and finally ah. I haven’t achieved more than an occasional success but I am tired of sticking my tongue out at my reflection in the mirror. 

6 comments:

Gloria Alden said...

Warren, I think it's wonderful that you're taking singing lessons. I've never had singing lessons although I love to sin. However, I find I'm not doing it as much anymore. My voice has lost its range. Maybe practice would help that.

James Montgomery Jackson said...

Gloria -- great typo in your comment! I never knew singing lessons and sinning were so closely linked. :)

~ Jim

KM Rockwood said...

Oh, Gloria, you devil you! I never knew you loved to sin!

Do you find you sin more as you sing less?

Warren, your lessons sound intriguing. Perhaps at some point I should look into them. I was told as a child that I was tone deaf, and never had any evidence to the contrary, so I have pretty much decided to enjoy listening, but not try to sing. (I did make sure my children had music lessons; one loves to sing, occasionally doing so with a blues or gospel group, and the other has displayed no interest as an adult.)

Sarah Henning said...

I think it would be so fun to "learn" how to sing. I did choir as a kid but have since let my voice go as an adult. Now I sound horrible, even when humming along to the radio.

Kara Cerise said...

Warren, it's wonderful that you are taking lessons and practicing at home. I "sing" in the car with the windows rolled up so as not to scare other drivers and cause accidents. Maybe I should consider lessons.

Shari Randall said...

Luckily for my kids, I'd rather dance than sing. Well, scratch that, the dancing embarrasses them too.
And Gloria - best typo ever!