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October Interviews
10/2 Debra H. Goldstein, Two Bites To Many
10/10 Connie Berry, A Legacy of Murder
10/17 Lida Sideris, Double Murder or Nothing
10/23 Toni L. P. Kelner writing as Leigh Perry, The Skeleton Stuffs A Stocking
10/30 Jennifer David Hesse, Autumn Alibi

Saturday Guest Bloggers:
10/5 Ang Pompano
10/12 Eyes of Texas Anthology Writers
10/19 Neil Plakcy

WWK Bloggers: 10/26 Kait Carson


Congratulations to our writers for the following publications:

Lyrical Press will publish Kaye George's Vintage Sweets mystery series. The first book, Revenge Is Sweet, will be released in March. Look for the interview here on 3/11.

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!

Susan Van Kirk's A Death At Tippett Pond was released on June 15th. Read E. B. Davis's interview with Susan.

KM Rockwood's "Frozen Daiquiris" appears in The Best Laid Plans: 21 Stories of Mystery & Suspense, edited by Judy Penz Sheluk. The anthology was released on June 18th.

Fishy Business anthology authors include KM Rockwood, Debra Goldstein, and James M. Jackson. This volume was edited by Linda Rodriguez.

Please read Margaret S. Hamilton and Debra Goldstein's short stories (don't ask about their modus operandi) in a new anthology, Cooked To Death Vol. IV: Cold Cut Files.

Warren Bull's Abraham Lincoln: Seldom Told Stories was released. It is available at: GoRead: https://www.goread.com/book/abraham-lincoln-seldom-told-stories or at Amazon: https://tinyurl.com/ydaklx8p

Grace Topping's mystery, Staging is Murder was released April 30.


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.