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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 bepublished. 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'sshort 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's4th 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.
June 19th of this year, over a ton of confiscated ivory was crushed
in a rock crusher in Times Square NYC. It was highlighting the illegal trade
that threatens African elephants’ survival. The Wildlife Conservation Society
says the global ivory trade is responsible for the slaughter of as many as
35,000 elephants a year in Africa. Those facts sickened me when I read it.
Calvelli, the society’s executive vice president for public affairs, said
“Crushing ivory in Times Square – literally at the crossroads of the world –
says in the clearest of terms that the U.S. is serious about closing its
illegal ivory markets and stopping the demand. The event was organized by the
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, New York state agencies and the Wildlife
Conservation Society, which runs New York City’s zoos. The crush was one of
several ivory destruction events that have been held around the world to
stigmatize the ivory trade. The Times Square ivory will be combined with the
six tons that was crushed in Denver in 2013 and used to create a memorial to
newspaper article reminded me of an article in the April 2015 Reader’s Digest “The Day the Elephants
Danced” by Vicki Constantine Croke. It was about a British man, James Howard
Williams, (called Billy) who moved to Burma and took a job as forest assistant
with the Bombay Burmah Trading Corporation so he could work with elephants. His
experience working with them convinced him they were very intelligent animals.
experience reinforced that belief. In the late 1920’s there was a large backlog
of teak logs, smaller ones in the front graduating to massive ones in the back,
awaiting in a dry river bed for the start of the monsoon rains for the logs to
flow downstream. When the heavy rains
started a major problem was realized. Because a new railroad bridge crossed the
river eight miles downstream, logs hitting the abutments supporting the bridge
could cause its collapse. Williams, in charge of the elephants and their
riders, quickly called for Poo Ban and Poo Gyi, two tuskers besides being big
and strong were also what elephant riders called “wise old animals.”
large tense crowd of villagers came to watch as Poo Ban and Poo Gyi arrived and
were ordered into the water. The animals calmly strolled out and the riders positioned
one elephant in front of each abutment.
When they were in place, the riders scrambled up on the abutments and shouted
“Coming left” or Coming right” as the first smaller teak logs came. Immediately
the elephants with casual grace caught each log using tusks and trunks and
diverted it towards the center of the river so it would miss the abutments.
backup pair of elephants waited to take over when Poo Ban and Poo Gyi tired,
but the elephants worked on and on diverting the logs. The tuskers were good,
and even when the pace picked up as larger and much heavier logs arrived, the
elephants held their ground – left tusk, right tusk. Williams wasn’t the only
one thrilled by their skill. Over the load crashing of the logs, the cheers of
the crowd were heard. Williams was afraid to add the other two elephants for fear
they’d get in each other’s way. Just when he feared the two old elephants
couldn’t go on, they began to turn around. Their riders frantically shouted at
them to stop, but they didn’t listen. They turned their rumps to the logs and
did a hula-hula dancing movements, allowing logs to ricochet off their rumps
into the center of the river. The crowd erupted into laughter and cheers. When
just a few logs were coming, Poo Ban and Poo Gyi were replaced by the pair in
waiting. After it was over, Williams said, “It was a triumph for the jumbos,
and not one log damaged the pier.”
went to Google and found the article “7
Behaviors That Prove Elephants Are Incredibly Smart”
They can identify Languages.
can use tools.
understand human body language.
mourn their dead.
mimic human voices.
have extraordinary memories.
learn more about the research done on the above facts and to see some awesome and
touching videos of each, Google “7 Behaviors That Prove Elephants are
Incredibly Smart.” It is well worth the time spent.
years ago I read the book Water for
Elephants by Sarah Gruen, a fictional book published in 2006 that was on
many bestseller lists because of her research into how circus animals were
treated, especially the elephant Rosie, who became one of the characters. If
you haven’t read it, you should. Everyone in both of my book clubs was
impressed with it.
two old circus elephants reunited after 20 years.
Williams believed that living with elephants made him a better man. He fought
for their humane care in the teak business. When Japanese forces invaded Burma
in 1942, Williams joined the elite British Force1136, operating a team of war
elephants that carried supplies, built bridges, and transported the sick and
elderly over treacherous mountain terrain. You can read more about him in the
book Elephant Company by Vicki