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February Interviews

2/5 Heather Weidner, Glitter, Glam, and Contraband
2/12 Rhys Bowen, Above The Bay of Angels
2/19 Elizabeth Penney, Hems & Homicide
2/26 Annette Dashofy, Under The Radar

Saturday Guest Bloggers:
2/1 Valerie Burns
2/8 Jeannette de Beauvoir
2/15 Kathryn Lane

WWK Bloggers: 2/22 Kait Carson, 1/28 & 1/29 Special Interviews with Agatha Nominees by Paula Gail Benson


WWK is proud of our four Agatha nominees. Kaye George for Best Short Story--not her first time to be nominated, Connie Berry and Grace Topping for Best First Mystery Novel (wish they weren't having to compete against each other), and Annette Dashofy for Best Contemporary Novel--her fifth nomination!

Congratulations to our writers for the following publications:

Look for Kaye George and Margaret S. Hamilton's short stories in the new Mid-Century Murder by Darkhouse Books. Kaye's story is "Life and Death on the Road" and Margaret's story is titled "4BR/3.5BA Contemporary."

Kaye George's first novel in the Vintage Sweets mystery series, Revenge is Sweet, will be released on March 10th. Look for the interview here on March 11.

Grace Topping's second novel in Laura Bishop staging series, Staging Wars, will be released by Henery Press on April 28th. Look for the interview here on April 29th.

Don't miss Shari Randall's "The Queen of Christmas" available on at Amazon. Shari's holiday story for WWK was too long so she published it for our enjoyment. It's available for 99 cents or on Kindle Unlimited for free!

KM Rockwood's "The Society" and "To Die A Free Man; the Story of Joseph Bowers" are included in the BOULD Awards Anthology, which was released on November 19. KM won second place with a cash prize for "The Society." Congratulations, KM! Kaye George's "Meeting on the Funicular" is also in this anthology, which can be bought for 99 cents on Kindle until November 30.

Paula Gail Benson's story "Wisest, Swiftest, Kindest" appears in Love in the Lowcountry an anthology by the Lowcountry Romance Writers available 11/5 in e-book and print format on Amazon. The anthology includes fourteen stories all based in Charleston, South Carolina.

Kaye George's "Grist for the Mill" was published in A Murder of Crows anthology, edited by Sandra Murphy on October 9th.

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.

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


Friday, October 31, 2014

Why Sports?

 Why Sports?

Watching the baseball league championship games, I am reminded of some of the functions sports play in our society.  I am wearing my lucky Royals cap.  It became my lucky hat this year when the team improved enough to get into the playoffs.  Last year and in the years before that it was apparently not lucky enough.

In social situations people have commented on my cap.  Last year few, if any, people talked to me about it.  Having a team in the playoffs, allows strangers to talk to me about the team.   We share a common interest.  In a small way it is like a family with an infant eating in a restaurant, the presence of the baby encourages others to stop by their table ask questions and make supportive remarks. 

I know from my work as a psychologist that people who feel isolated can chat with others about sports and get a degree of acceptance ordinarily not easily found. 

Having a winning team elates the spirits of those who live in the area the team is associated with.  Many people have played sports in the past or they still play.  We identify with sports figures who strive without knowing whether or not they will succeed. 
We admire people who can accomplish difficult tasks, especially if they do things with skill and élan. 

Sports allow the expression of aggression, within relatively safe settings.  Sports figures are sometimes mythologized as heroes and treated in ways that used to be reserved for warriors.  We assume they have characteristics we value in other spheres of life.  Expectations can be unrealistic. Being an athlete does not excuse bad behavior and we do the athlete no good by making excuses for him or her.

Sports allow socially approved expression of emotion. Men, by tradition, have limited acceptable opportunities to let their feeling out. An increasing number of women are involved in amateur and professional sports.   I think this is expanding what is considered socially appropriate for women.  

I’m not at all sure playing sports develops character.  I believe it is one setting where character may, or may not develop while dealing with success and failure.  I think there are many others.  I definitely believe that character is revealed by sports.

In our society Sports provide an opportunity for dissimilar people to communicate.  For example in the movie City Slickers one of the characters commented that during extended conflict with his father about the war in Viet Nam sports were the only thing they could discuss without arguing.

Talking about sports is infinitely better than not talking at all.


Jim Jackson said...

When I played sports it was an approved way to work off being pissed at the world. A hard tackle (soccer, not football) or kicking the heck out of the ball relieved tensions that otherwise could have caused problems. Golfers can do the same thing as they mentally paint the bosses’ picture on their ball and whack it with the driver.

I should note that whenever I did that, the drive would slice because I overswung.

~ Jim

E. B. Davis said...

I'm unsure that talking sports is better than not. Although I'm fairly athletic, I am not much of a competitor. The emphasis on winning and losing in team sports develops a black and white mindset that I don't really like. Labeling people as winners or losers leaves a lot to be desired. Our society's and our children's upbringing's relies so much on the concept of winning that it turns me off. There are other values that I consider more important.

KM Rockwood said...

I'm not much of a football fan, but is often the only topic of conversation in the fall. Where I live is not a defined area for one team--we get fans for Eagles, Steelers, Ravens and Washington team with the controversial R name. I do try to avoid the conversations, but sometimes people include me. Best response I've found is a neutral, "How 'bout them Saints?"

Gloria Alden said...

I've never been interested in sports except our high school basketball team - which was the only sport in our school all those many years ago.

Recently, however, I've been reading more and more about the negative aspects of football in creating some very bad characters both in college and in the professional leagues. It seems the football players are so revered that they think they're demigods who can get away with anything and in too many cases they do. Football is a big money maker for colleges and the NFL so the powers to be would rather overlook the football players transgressions until they're forced to do something about it like when You Tube videos of those behaviors go viral forcing them into it.

Shari Randall said...

Sports can be a great unifier - I can talk about the Capitals or the Bruins with people of all ages and walks of life.
But there is that dark side too, as Gloria mentioned. Sports has too great a hold over our education system and some athletes do get a sense of entitlement. Also, there was an article in the NYTimes that reported that sports - especially college sports- cost so much that they really don't make that much for their schools. Students who are not playing sports subsidize those that do.

Kara Cerise said...

On the lighter side, sports are a good excuse to have a party. I like having friends over to watch football on TV. We catch-up on each other's news while cheering our team on to victory or commiserating in their defeat (usually the case with Washington). Plus, you get to see some excellent athletes like Hines Ward perform on Dancing with the Stars:)

carla said...

This has helped me in my career. When I was a young female professional in a mostly male environment, I wasn't so much discriminated against as ignored. I wasn't one of the guys. Until they did NCAA brackets, and found out I was a huge basketball fan. I didn't win, but when my Wake Forest U team did well, they celebrated with me. Less ignored after that.