If you are interested in blogging or want to promote your book, please contact E. B. Davis at writerswhokill@gmail.com.


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, January 23, 2015

Walking With Lillian








Walking with Lillian

It had been a long time since I walked with a small child.  Given the chance to walk with Lillian, her Mama and my wife so we could meet Dada I accepted gratefully.  As we all walked I was able to watch her mother and later her father display good parenting, which I always find utterly satisfying. 

I had forgotten many things such as:

To a two-year-old wearing boots means we should be walking in the snow and not on the shoveled sidewalk.

Each successive puddle is a new opportunity to splash.

Even with the goal of meeting Dada, a walk is a series of jaunts toward interesting items and people heading, more or less, in the general direction of Dada’s office.

Fallen leaves sitting on deep snowdrifts are more appealing than leaves on the cleared sidewalk.

Aunties and uncles are fun to chase. 

And finally:

Doggies poop on the sidewalk, which is of great interest to tiny people involved in potty training. 





Have you walked with a small child recently? 

I am away from my computer today, but I will look at the comments as soon as I can.

6 comments:

E. B. Davis said...

Great observations, Warren. The blog reminded me of when my children were little. When they were newly born, I thought of them in the "cat" stage-somewhat responsive and not particularly interested in anything but satisfying their own needs.

At two, they were in the "dog" stage. This isn't derogatory, but it is an acknowledgement of the development a child undergoes. Your description of walking your niece could have been that of walking a dog. Jumping through puddles, taking detours, wanting to chase, etc.

Each stage is precious and important for a child. Taking the time to participate, giving them the feedback so they learn the stage's lesson, and enjoying the person they are becoming helps them on their way.

James Montgomery Jackson said...

I like EB's observations. I hadn't thought of the maturation process in terms of cat and dog stages.

I'm suspecting that at the end of life we revert to the beginning stage and like cats we prefer warmth and curling up on a comfy bed, luxurious stretches an not worrying about what others think as we scratch ourselves.

~ Jim

Shari Randall said...

I am loving these animal analogies! I think you guys have it right (as I curl up in a blanket with a cup of tea)
Nothing is sweeter than a walk with a little one, feeling that tiny hand in yours.
She's a keeper, Warren.

Kara Cerise said...

How sweet! It's fun to see the world through a child's eyes. My friend's son is fascinated by the water dripping out of the downspout. It's something I never noticed until I walked with him.

Gloria Alden said...


What an adorable child. I'm fortunate enough to live near my great-grandchildren, and my daughter-in-law watches them often. Since my son and daughter-in-law live sort of next door, I have a lot of opportunities to interact with the little ones since they were babies. It's amusing and delightful to see how they react to the world.

KM Rockwood said...

How charming! As they explore their world, young children can always teach us something about discovering (or rediscovering) the magic all around us.