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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 Trixie Stiletto.

“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.

James M. Jackson's 4th book in the Seamus McCree series, Doubtful Relations, is now available. His novella "Low Tide at Tybee" appears February 7 as part of Lowcountry Crimes: Four Novellas, which is available for order.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Sustaining Notes

Sustaining Notes

I am learning quite a bit in my singing lessons.  There is more to singing than I expected.  I didn’t know each breath needs to be planned. Pauses to breathe are called, “lifts.” In a chorus you can’t have everyone breathe at the same time.  That would put a moment of silence into the music. 

There is a way to stand and a way to hold your mouth to pronounce different vowels.  The “aw” sound in the word straw is different than the “aw” sound in ought. I discovered that by watching myself sing in the mirror.  (You can try it out yourself.)  Just listening, it’s hard to hear the difference.

My coach says vowels are more important than consonants.  I am supposed to sustain the vowel sounds and clip off the consonants.  Sometimes I manage that, usually when I forget my lifts.

Another problem for me is where to look on the sheet of music. I practiced on my electronic keyboard by looking at the notes on the treble clef, which is where the melody is.  Bases look at the base clef.  Even then the baritone notes and the base notes are both on the lines of the base clef. Bases sing the lower notes.  I have a tendency to slip into the melody, which is easier, for me at least, to hear.  At times I go one note at a time.  I try to pay attention to the tone, the rhythm and the lyrics while planning when to take a breath.  Watching the bass notes keeps my eyes focused away from lyrics. 

I’ve chosen a song for my first solo.  At this point I’ve sung it so many times that it’s getting boring.  Unfortunately I have so many things to work on in my singing before I’m scheduled to sing that I expect to sing it many more times.  Many many more.

I like learning things I know little about, like singing.  What would you like to know more about?


E. B. Davis said...

I'd like to know more about law and the legal system. A book I'm reading points out facts that make sense, but that off the top of my head, I didn't know. Like if you are convicted of a felony--you have no longer have Fourth Amendment rights.

The fact in and of itself doesn't have plot ramifications, but it could impact a plot. It's knowledge of those little legal aspects that make and break books. Having that knowledge would make plotting more easy.

Since I don't have that knowledge, I have to do a lot of research when plotting. I find it fascinating, but how do you know what to research what you don't know?

Sometimes you get lucky and stumble onto the right information. But other times, you wonder if after your book is published--some lawyer or other whiz-kid will point out some data you missed that undermines the veracity of your plot.

Yes--I'd like to know more about details of the legal system. I thought about going to law school, but I didn't!

James Montgomery Jackson said...

I am forever learning new things. My problem is that I want to know it all, so I find my knowledge is like the Platte river: a mile wide, and inch deep and muddy.

~ Jim

Gloria Alden said...

Warren, I'm like Jim. I hear something on NPR or read about something in the newspaper or TIME, and I want to learn more about it. Sometimes, I research it, but most of the time, I don't have the time to pursue it. I wish I did.

Kara Cerise said...

Recently, I finished my first painting (acrylic on canvas) and have been considering lessons but am on the fence about it. I'd like to learn new techniques, but there's something freeing about painting just for fun without being concerned it's done correctly.

KM Rockwood said...

I'd love to know more about lots of things, but, like everyone else,have to admit that there is limited time & I can only address a few things at once.

I wish I could write historical fiction. I love reading books where they seem to have the details right--and I marvel that some people are capable of recreating a passed world in fiction so that the reader can step into it and enjoy the story.