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July Interviews

7/07 Leslie Budewitz, Carried To The Grave, And Other Stories
7/14 Sujata Massey, The Bombay Prince
7/21 Ginger Bolton, Beyond a Reasonable Donut
7/28 Meri Allen/Shari Randall, The Rocky Road to Ruin

Saturday WWK Bloggers

7/10 Jennifer J. Chow

7/17 What We're Reading Now! WWK Bloggers

7/24 Kait Carson

7/31 Write Your Way Out of This! WWK Bloggers

Guest Blogs

7/3 M K Morgan


Warren Bull's short story, "Just Another Day at the Office" appears in the anthology, Red, White, and Blue available this month by Whortleberry Press. Congratulations, Warren!

E. B. Davis's "The Pearl Necklace" will appear in the new SinC Guppy anthology The Fish That Got Away to be released in July by Wildside Press. The anthology was edited by Linda Rodriguez. It will be released on June 21st.

Paula Gail Benson's monologue "Beloved Husband," from the perspective of Norton Baskin the second husband of Marjorie Kinan Rawlings (who wrote The Yearling and Cross Creek), appears in the Red Penguin Collection's An Empty Stage (released March 28, 2021).

Martha Reed's "Death by GPS" will appear in the Spring 2021 issue of Suspense Magazine, which will be released in the second week of April. Congratulations, Martha!

Susan Van Kirk has a new audiobook, A Death at Tippitt Pond, that will be released this month. Marry in Haste will be released in May by Harlequin Worldwide Mystery, as will Death Takes No Bribes in September. Congratulations, Susan.

Congratulations to Martha Reed. Her short story, "The Honor Thief" was chosen for the 2021 Bouchercon Anthology, This Time For Sure. Hank Phillippi Ryan will edit the volume, which will be released in August at the time of the convention.

Margaret S. Hamilton's short story, "Killer Weeds," appears in the January 20 edition of Texas Gardener's Seeds: From Our Garden to Yours. Congratulations, Margaret, who, if you follow Facebook know, is a superb gardener herself!

Congratulations to Paula Gail Benson whose "Reputation or Soul" has been chosen for Malice Domestic 16: Mystery Most Diabolical anthology to be released this spring.

KM Rockwood's "Stay Safe--Very Safe" appears in this year's 2020 BOULD anthology. Congratulations, KM!

Annette Dashofy signed with agent Dawn Dowdle of the Blue Ridge Literary Agency. Congratulations, Annette!


Friday, March 6, 2015

Singing My Lyrics

Singing My Lyrics

After writing lyrics http://writerswhokill.blogspot.com/2015/02/writing-lyrics.html and preparing to sing http://writerswhokill.blogspot.com/2015/02/preparing-to-sing-my-lyrics.html I sang my lyrics on 2/22/15.  I ran through the song twice before services with the accompanist.  The first time was close to what I wanted.  The second time was even better so I stopped there.  For one thing, the accompanist said he was not feeling well.  He clearly wanted to stop.  For another thing, I wanted to end the practice with the correct notes and rhythm fresh in my head.  I had been limiting my practice so I would not practice the wrong notes, which I had done earlier by mistake.  The minister who was arranging the alter cloth for the first day of advent commented that he had, “never heard that before.”

The accompanist answered that these were lyrics I had composed.  The minister looked impressed.  Like the two other solos I’ve sung, the time during the service seemed to drag along slowly until the offertory, when I was scheduled to sing.  There was a brief pause at that point.  I was sitting next to the choir director.  He gets up to direct us two or three times each service so he always takes the outermost seat, which he did that Sunday. He looked at me and asked, ”Are you going to sing?” I said, “Yes.” He then realized he would have to move or I would have to crawl over him to exit the pew.  Luckily for both of us, he moved.

The song went well. I timed my entrances correctly, which was where I made the most mistakes in practice. I kept sheet music in front of me.  That helped me sing the latest version of the lyrics, not the earlier versions that popped into my head from time to time when I was singing from memory.  I was off key noticeably only once and I recovered on the next note. 

Afterward people told me they enjoyed my performance.  Half a dozen people asked for a copy of the lyrics.  I didn’t get too flattered by the requests.  My wife and a close friend told me they did not hear some the words clearly.  All in all I was pleased with what I did.  I think I will ask the church secretary if she could put a copy of the lyrics in the next bulletin.  I have already sent the lyrics off to the US copyright office. 

As a lyricist, I would have liked a better singer to show my work.  As a singer, I would have liked easier lyrics and fewer changes. Still, writing lyrics has been an interesting experience. It has broadened my knowledge of things musical.  What are you exploring these days?


Gloria Alden said...

Warren, I really admire what you are doing. I love music and love singing in church, but I don't belong to a choir. Keep up with the singing and writing of lyrics.

carla said...

you are a man of many talents!!

Shari Randall said...

Warren, I loved reading about your new writing adventure.

Warren Bull said...


Kara Cerise said...

I enjoyed reading about your experience, Warren. I hope you continue to write lyrics and sing them!

Currently, I'm exploring meditation and mindfulness.

KM Rockwood said...

Sounds like you may have a new career! Or at least a satisfying hobby.