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


June Interviews

6/02 Terrie Moran, Murder She Wrote: Killing in a Koi Pond

6/09 Connie Berry, The Art of Betrayal

6/16 Kathleen Kalb, A Final Finale or A Fatal First Night

6/23 Jackie Layton, Bag of Bones: A Low Country Dog Walker Mystery

6/30 Mary Keliikoa, Denied


Saturday WWK Bloggers

6/12 Jennifer J. Chow

6/26 Kait Carson


Guest Blogs

6/05 Samantha Downing

6/19 Lynn Johanson













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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!

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Friday, September 11, 2015

A TASTELESS BLOG

A TASTELESS BLOG
by Warren Bull

My last blog tells more abut pneumonia  http://writerswhokill.blogspot.com/2015/09/pneumonia.html

When I was told I had pneumonia I expected coughing, loss of energy and weakness.  Climbing one flight of stairs has me coughing so much I can hardly breathe. I would be no match for a newborn kitten in a wrestling match. For a more detailed description go to 

One of the things I did not know about pneumonia until I got it is that it would wipe out my sense of taste.  I think my sense of smell is gone too.  I can tell when a condiment like cinnamon has been added to food but I can’t taste it.  I ate a cookie. I could feel the texture of the dough and the chocolate chips but I tasted nothing.  Even chocolate, one of my many weaknesses, did not have a flavor although I had a brief sensation sort of like taste.

How odd it is to be able to tell temperature and texture without taste.  I had a steak.  It felt chewy, not in a bad way.  But there was no payoff at the end of chewing.  Crackers are crunchy.  Ice cream is soft and cool. 

 So much hospitality and fellowship happens over meals.  They provide an opportunity for conversation and interaction.  Often the content of the conversations are less important than the experience of communicating.  If eating was no more than refueling when food and drink are needed, when could we share our sense of belonging and acceptance or separateness and disapproval?  What sort of social lubrication could replace meals?  We admit our needs, meet them together and feel better at the finish than we started.  Maybe we could sleep in a pile like puppies and baby alligators but there would be little chance for extended communication. 

What better time than after the evening meal is there for telling our young about the flying feathered serpent or the hero twins?  When could we talk about the Mastodon that got away? 


So please, savor your food and drink.  Have a chew for me while you’re at it.

7 comments:

Kait said...

Oh Warren, I am so sorry. How awful. I hope you come to your senses soon! Taste and smell are so closely intertwined that it must be hard to do without one, or the other, but both. Yikes! On the flip side, when your senses do return, things will be headier because of the contrast. Best wishes. Speedy recovery.

Warren Bull said...

Thanks, Kait, I'm on the road to recovery.

Kara Cerise said...

I'm glad that you are getting better, Warren. It's difficult to imagine a world without taste and smell. I've never lost those senses but I became color blind for about a year when I was in my mid-20s. It was exciting as color gradually returned to my life. Wishing you a quickrecovery!

Gloria Alden said...

Warren, I hope your taste buds soon wake up so you can savor your food. I hope each day
brings a little more ability to taste your food.

Shari Randall said...

I am glad that you are feeling better, Warren. It will probably be a delightful experience as your senses come back and you get reacquainted with things like chocolate, vanilla, peppermint….

KM Rockwood said...

Hope you're feeling better! We really don't appreciate our senses until we don't have them. And then it's often a bit late.

jrlindermuth said...

I wasn't aware pneumonia stole these senses. Hope you get them back soon. Not being able to taste food is definitely a disability. My paternal grandfather had no sense of taste. My grandmother, in futile hope of countering the problem, over-salted food. It didn't help him and kept others from their table until she agreed to restrict the seasoning to his plate.