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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

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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

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Saturday, August 15, 2015

Sacrifices

As I write this blog post, I am comfortably ensconced in Gatlinburg, Tennessee amid the Great Smokey Mountains. Evergreen peaks plunge to cold-water valley streams that meander among the pines. The creeks create rapids, and the rapids lead to some of the most breathtaking waterfalls I’ve ever seen. Outside from the deck, I can see the beginnings of a meteor shower, an extraordinary sight given the city lights drown out the stars where I’m from.

It is serenity defined. At least one would think.

This used to be an annual trip for us. In the last two years though, our own health issues and aging parents needing extra care have preempted our travels. This year’s trip holds special significance not only because it’s our first in two years, but also because, since January, my wife has been working in a city two hours from where we live. She’s only home on the weekends, and she feels a bit disconnected from our kids and me.

I left my writing behind, bringing along a “spare” laptop (the PC I used before switching to a Mac) just to have a way to get online, check area attractions and restaurant menus, and writing this blog—my only writing duty for the week. To magnify the special nature of the trip, my wife planned several adventures.

Yesterday was “Let’s See How Long We Can Shop in the 90-Degree Heat” day. Today we took the Bear Crawl Tour. It required the four of us to cram in the back of a four-wheel drive All Terrain Vehicle and drive up and down a narrow gravel trail traversing Foxfire Mountain, including driving through a creek and a mud bog. 

The requisite helmets should have been my first clue. About five minutes into this jaw-crunching, bone-jarring $70-per- person excursion, I thought, “I could’ve taken eight quarters to the Washeria, put them in the washing machine, climbed inside and ridden out the spin cycle.”

At dinner my kids—teenagers—classified everything that came out of my mouth within four categories: lame, stupid, dumb, or not funny. I’ve observed I become noticeably smarter as we approach a cashier to pay for a haircut, an oil change, or a nice, new top. If I die or wind up in jail, I have enjoyed my time with you.

Why did I leave my writing behind?

**Editor’s note: this blogger returned home slightly battered, bruised, and heat exhausted, with several dents in his ego. Otherwise, he is fine…


7 comments:

Grace Topping said...

Hi, Sam - Funny post. We've all invested in adventures that we wish we hadn't taken. Don't be surprised if years from now your kids talk about that adventure the most and how much better it becomes in the retelling of it. My worst adventure was going to the beach with my sister, our own young children, and taking along other nieces and nephews. It was a nightmare. But the now grown kids still talk about that holiday in glowing terms. They didn't seem to enjoy it at the time. My sister and I look at each other and roll our eyes.

Jim Jackson said...

Writers need to remember to take vacations. As with “normal” people, getting away from your work prevents staleness so you can resume work with a fresh perspective. As a bonus, if you give your subconscious a few tasks to work on (like that plot point that isn’t quite working right), when you return, the subconscious will likely present you with a few solutions.

~ Jim

Kait said...

I have a visual of the ATV bear crawl trip--oh my. Sounds like a fun trip, Sam, and a rewarding one. Family time is precious. Especially when one parent works away much of the time (been there, done that, have the tee shirt). I don't think you really left your writing at home. I think you re-stocked the creativity cupboard and it will all flow out. This blog is proof. That said, everytime I leave home without it...return with notes galore (in my awful longhand) and tons of sticky notes, napkins, even matchbooks snatched in desperation, with thoughts and scenes. Glad you are back. The teens will grow out of it.

Warren Bull said...

Ah, families can't live with them can't live without them

Warren Bull said...

Ah, families can't live with them can't live without them

Denise Rodgers said...

It would have been worse if you hadn't taken a "vacation." Then you could have regrets... "Why didn't we take the kids to (fill in the blank)?" And I agree with Grace Topping, your kids might very well remember this vacation fondly in years to come. Also, there is a difference between a "trip" and a "vacation." The word "vacation" implies (to me, anyway) getting away from it all for rest and relaxation. A "trip" implies travel to unknown lands where there are annoying things like itineraries and wake-up calls. The desire for either is a matter of taste. Obviously, I'm more for vacations. It sounds like you are on a trip.

KM Rockwood said...

Vacations with kids "of a certain age" often don't seem like fun at the time, but do create family memories.

We just got back from a trip to Las Vegas with the "kids" and a son-in-law. It was to celebrate my younger daughter's graduation, so she called the destination. Great time. A people-watching destination if ever there was one. Who, though, would have predicted thunderstorm delays flying out of Las Vegas? Six hours late, but at least we made it.

I don't think you ever really leave your writing behind. I was careful about where I left my WIPs, so I'm prepared to come back after my mind cleared & start editing.