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January Interviews
1/1 Sherry Harris, Sell Low, Sweet Harriet
1/8 Barbara Ross, Sealed Off
1/15 Libby Klein, Theater Nights Are Murder
1/22 Carol Pouliot, Doorway To Murder
1/29 Julia Buckley, Death with A Dark Red Rose

Saturday Guest Bloggers:
1/4 Lisa Lieberman
1/11 Karen McCarthy
1/18 Trey Baker

WWK Bloggers: 1/25 Kait Carson, 1/30 E. B. Davis

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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 sixth nomination!


Congratulations to our writers for the following publications:

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.


Lyrical Press will publish Kaye George's Vintage Sweets mystery series. The first book, Revenge Is Sweet, will be released in March. Look for the interview here on 3/11.

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

Grace Topping's mystery, Staging is Murder was released April 30. It is now also available in audio.

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Saturday, October 17, 2015

Humility


I live in Columbia, South Carolina, parts of which were completely underwater just two weeks ago. I know people who lost everything. I was fortunate. I lost only the use of my tap water.

I had to go to the drug store Tuesday after the major flooding on Sunday. When I left, just outside the door a guy stood playing his guitar. His case was open, a few stray dollar bills littered its inside. I stopped and asked him if he had been affected. He had. He and his young family had been evacuated and displaced. He had not yet been to his home, but he knew, as did I, it was submerged. 

I dropped everything I had in my wallet in his guitar case, not because I felt sorry for him, but because I admired him. He had lost everything but his ability to play his music, to put his art on display. The last place that man probably wanted to be was standing outside a pharmacy depending on the generosity of strangers. But there he stood. He humbled himself to earn money through his art to provide for his family. I thought that took guts.

We writers are fond of saying how lonely a profession writing is, but I imagine that’s true of all artistic expression. All art, if it’s done well, exposes the artist’s vulnerabilities. It lays bare his or her soul. And that is an intimidating experience. Writers often shy away from saying the words, “I am a writer,” or “I am a novelist.” Either sounds a bit pretentious. 

The guitar player helped me get over that particular insecurity. For many in Columbia, there will be no insurance settlement. For some, I imagine, the help the government offers will be too complex, too frustrating, or too bureaucratic to pursue. They will be the ones to humble themselves. They will be the people who will put their talents, if they have them, on display for the world to see, because, frankly, they may not have a choice. 


I didn’t ask the guitar player his name. I’m glad I didn’t. I don’t need to know. He plays music. I write books. His bravery gave me the courage to say it out loud. I am a writer, and I am proud to be one. 

9 comments:

Kait said...

That's lovely, Sam. You have given the perfect example of dignity. I hope the guitar player experienced a miracle. I hope many in Columbia and the affected areas experienced miracles. God speed to all.

Grace Topping said...

Your experience illustrates that we never know when something is going to affect us and possibly change our outlook in life. And the intriguing thing is that it can come from something as simple as deciding to go to the drug store.

Warren Bull said...

There is no way to predict when a crisis is going to happen. All we can do cope with it afterward. How we cope says a great deal about who we really are. Thanks for reminding us, Sam.

KM Rockwood said...

A great example of meeting adversity with whatever resources (and dignity) he could muster. I wish him and his family well!

Jim Jackson said...

In times of disaster, I often think back to John Kennedy’s words about asking not what our country can do for us, but what we can do for our country.

~ Jim

Gloria Alden said...

Where I live, I don't often encounter musicians playing in public, but when I travel to larger cities, I do see them and almost always put money in their music cases after taking time to listen to them. In Madrid, I heard a fantastic guitar player in a park near the palace. I not only listened to him, I bought one of his CD's and still enjoy it. What you did, Sam, was truly special. So many people would have only walked by pretending not to notice him.

E. B. Davis said...

As a country, I think the concept of "safe" has gotten out of control. Everything is regulated for safety. But the fact is that none of us get out of here alive. There is no safe place to live. There is no such thing as a safe car, or shower, or knife, etc. When something adverse happens our impulses run to litigation because whatever ought not have happened or there should have been a law. But situations like you have described, Sam, happen all the time. We have to rely on ourselves and our neighbors in those adverse times. Thanks for reminding us that humility doesn't have to be humiliating. You've given a man his dignity. Thanks from all of us.

Anonymous said...

Some people were outraged that Kennedy's famous quote was "plagerized" from his former headmaster at Choate, which he attended as a teen, but it's a great quote anyhow.

Shari Randall said...

Beautiful post, Sam. Thank you for sharing this.