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Here are the upcoming WWK interviews for the month of July!

July 4th Christopher Huang, A Gentleman's Murder

July 11th V. M. Burns, The Plot Is Murder

July 18th Edith Maxwell (Maddie Day), Death Over Easy

July 25th Shari Randall, Against The Claw

Our July Saturday Guest Blogger Schedule: 7/7--Mary Feliz, 7/14--Annie Hogsett, 7/21--Margaret S. Hamilton, 7/28--Kait Carson.

Our special bloggers for the fifth Monday and Tuesday of July--Kaye George and Paula Gail Benson.

Please welcome two new members to WWK--Annette Dashofy, who will blog on alternative Sundays with Jim Jackson, and Nancy Eady, who will blog on every fourth Monday. Thanks for blogging with us Annette and Nancy!

Congratulations to our writers for the following publications:

Annette Dashofy's Uneasy Prey was released in March. It is the sixth Zoe Chambers Mystery. The seventh, Cry Wolf, will be released on September 18th. Look for E. B. Davis's interview with Annette on September 19th.

Carla Damron's quirky short story, "Subplot", was published in the Spring edition of The Offbeat Literary Journal. You can find it here: http://offbeat.msu.edu/volume-18-spring-2018/

Tina Whittle's sixth Tai Randolph mystery, Necessary Ends, debuts on April 3, 2018. Look for it here. Tina was nominated for a Derringer Award for her novelette, "Trouble Like A Freight Train Coming." We're all crossing our fingers for her.

James M. Jackson's Empty Promises, the next in the Seamus McCree mystery series (5th), was published on April 3, 2018. Purchase links are here. He's working on Seamus McCree #6 (False Bottom)

Dark Sister, a poetry collection, is Linda Rodriguez's tenth published book. It's available for sale here:

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 be published. Her short story "Goldie" will be published in the Busted anthology, which will be released by Level Best Books on April 25th.

Shari Randall's second Lobster Shack Mystery, Against the Claw, will be available in July 31, 2018.


Friday, April 8, 2016

So That’s What it’s Like by Warren Bull

So That’s What it’s Like by Warren Bull

I had a cold.  That’s not what this blog is about.  Because of the cold my ears were clogged.  That is what this blog is about.  I could not hear soft noises.  Everything I heard from the outside environment sounded like I was at the bottom of a barrel.  On the other hand, the noises from my interior environment sounded amplified.  When I chewed, it sounded like an army of locusts devouring the crops. 

Even when I managed to hear, I often got scrambled messages. My wife, Judy, asked me to bring her a coke.  I asked her which of her coats she wanted.  She commented on the weather, I thought she was speaking about November. 

We attended a wonderful event . Bill Moyers interviewed Doris Kearns Goodwin. The topic was characteristics of successful presidents. I enjoyed the 75% of the interview I could hear. My wife, who was sitting next to me, told me what I missed. Moyer gave every punch line and aside in a low voice. I didn’t catch any of them. Goodwin was easier to hear although I don’t know what to attribute that to.  Both of them put their hands up closed to their faces, which made their speech harder to understand.  Judy is a retired audiologist. I now understand more fully the off the cuff remarks she makes about people making announcements who unwittingly decrease the understandability of their messages by their behavior.   

When Judy wanted me to listen she touched me.  That got my attention. Other people might not like to be touched, but when conveying information to someone with limited hearing, getting attention is crucial. Then she stood in front of me where light fell on her face so I could see her clearly.   Face to face she spoke in a normal voice with a tiny increase in volume and a slightly slower voice.  She also turned off any background noise such as the television or running water, which could interfere with my ability to hear.  Unlike the speakers I described above, she kept her hands away from her face.

To minimize my hearing loss, I tried opening my mouth as wide as possible.  I also closed my mouth, pinched my nostrils and gently acted as though I was sneezing..  Chewing gum, inhaling steam or using a Neti Pot might have helped.

Time cured my hearing loss, but it was interesting being hard of hearing for a while.  Sooner or later this experience will show up in my writing.

What personal experiences have you used in your writing? 


Jim Jackson said...

Warren, I hope you fully recover soon.

Two areas quickly come to mind for my protagonist: some of the soccer experiences he has shared have come from my own history, and what he sees and hears when outdoors often mirrors my own experiences in the same settings.

There is nothing like personal experience to allow you to nail the details. Of course, then we need to make sure we don't overwhelm the reader with our knowledge when it isn't necessary for the story.

~ Jim

Margaret Turkevich said...

I recently wrote a story about an event I hadn't attended, but in a familiar place. Not knowing every single sensory detail about the event bugged me, though I could ask my daughter. Only a fraction of the information makes it into the story, but I need to have all the facts anyway.

Feel better!

Carla Damron said...

Warren, that must have been frustrating. Glad you were able to use the experience to further your writing.

Gloria Alden said...

Warren, my son is losing his hearing, and he's much younger than you.It's probably from listening to rock music blasting when he was younger, or playing the drums in high school,
or more than likely working in a factory or maybe riding a motorcycle. He has trouble hearing me sometimes because I guess I don't speak loud enough. I don't think he's ready for a hearing aid, and he doesn't want to consider that, either. Some years ago, I realized I wasn't hearing
as well out of my left year and at night I could hear the sound of crickets in that ear. I
went to an audiologist and found out I was losing my hearing in that ear, and the sound I
was hearing is from tinnitus. It could be worse. Crickets in a field isn't so bad at night which is the only time I hear them.

I wish I could have gone to that lecture you'd gone to. I love Doris Kearns Goodwin's books.

KM Rockwood said...

When you do write a character who has hearing difficulty, you'll have personal experience to draw on, which always helps.

I worked in factories for a while, in the days before hearing protection was common. Electro-platers, heavy presses, glass spinners--I think they all took a toll on my hearing.

Kait said...

Oh Warren, glad you are on the mend, that your wife knew just how to best help you, and that you were willing to accept the help!

My diving experiences show up in the Hayden Kent books, and some of my experiences working with police show up in my Catherine Swope books.