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WWK's May interviews will be: 5/2--indie author Bobbi Holmes, 5/9--TG Wolff (aka--Anita Devito), 5/16--Chocolate Bonbon author Dorothy St. James, 5/23--Lida Sideris, 5/30--Food Lovers' Village (and multiple Agatha winner) Leslie Budwitz. Please join us in welcoming these authors to WWK.

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Congratulations to our writers for the following publications:

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), will be available on April 3, 2018. Purchase links are here.

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. Look for E. B. Davis's interview with the authors in this anthology on 4/14! 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 August, 2018.

In addition, our prolific KM has had the following shorts published as well: "Making Tracks" in Passport to Murder, Bouchercon anthology, October 2017 and "Turkey Underfoot," appears in the anthology The Killer Wore Cranberry: A Fifth Course of Chaos.


Friday, October 14, 2016

Odd Times by Warren Bull

Odd Times by Warren Bull

Today in Christchurch the weather was cold and dreary. My wife spent the day preparing for the class she is teaching. I had no particular plans. The prospect of wandering through the Canterbury University campus or the neighborhoods to see emerging flowers was not appealing. 
After some purposeless activities, I sat down and reconstructed a short story that somehow got lost. I think the computer ate it. I wrote it for an anthology that I expected, but it never came into being. I have started and stopped the recovery effort a number of times with quite limited success. So that was how I spent a satisfying and useful day.

I was reminded of the time when I was traveling with my mother and our flight got delayed for six hours. We were in the airport where we could take care of necessities as they occurred. With nothing planned I wrote a short story by analyzing and then stealing some of the techniques of Iain Pears, who wrote an  absolutely great novel, An Instance of the Fingerpost. It was unlike anything I’ve written before or after. It was a challenge I had set for myself before and was never able to meet until then.

I am not going to share my analysis. It wasn’t based on that novel anyway but on two other wonderful novels of his. Grab a couple of his novels, take six hours and figure it out for yourself, if you like.
My point is that being a writer allows me to take advantage of unexpectedly free periods of time when I might be bored or think about what I can learn from my failures or ponder the meaning of life. I find that, although I can squeeze writing into brief interludes, I like to have enough time to thoroughly work on a project that does not resolve itself easily.  Years ago I wrote my dissertation in large chunks of time. There are advantages to being somewhere where you are basically unknown and uninterrupted. 

What situations help you write?


KB Inglee said...

I have a couple of ghost stories like that. I see signs of them everywhere but can't find the actual manuscript. In the one I am trying to retrieve now, I can't for the life of me remember who the murderer was. That sort of holds up the rewrite.
Good luck with yours.

Jacqueline Seewald said...

It's always good to take time to reflect. That is one of the luxuries of being a writer. I also like to read each day, sometimes books I want to reread, but mostly new work.

Margaret Turkevich said...

I crave silence, except for the rumble of laundry equipment or the dishwasher. Too much domestic drama to concentrate this week (we were told we need a new furnace asap and our second opinion said we're fine). Until yesterday, when I was able to pound the keyboard for six hours straight. Bliss.

Gloria Alden said...

Warren, I love free periods to write with no interruptions or other things I need to do. I find I can only write in my library/dining room/office surrounded by books and papers. Too much has been going on for the past three or four weeks, but I'm hoping next week I can get back to working on my current book.

Kait said...

I crave silence, and writing time, and reading time every day. I think those are truly my three basic food groups! That said, I couldn't write in an airport, train station, waiting room...I'm too busy people watching. Always so many wonderful details going by that won't be remembered if I don't surreptitiously photograph, or dictate, or write down.

KM Rockwood said...

When i'm given free time (like when we were stuck in Heathrow Airport for over a day--but they kept saying we'd be updated in two hours, so we couldn't leave the airport, even though we had friends who lived nearby) I can never actually write.

But I do start spinning stories in my head, using the people around as possible characters. I'm usually the protagonist, though, and these poor, inccent people are often cast as vile antagonists.

KM Rockwood said...

KB--I mean to add, I learned the hard way about losing stories. So now I have a file on my computer with unfinished (or in need of revision) stories, and while I may have to dredge through them if I forgot what I used for a working title, I can find the blasted thing.

And if you can't remember who the murderer was, is it possible you were wrong about it in the first place? I have written a few things and then realized I've been duped into thinking the wrong character was the villain.

vicki batman said...

Hi, Warren! I love those moments when something goes bing! in my head and I scramble for anything to remember and if time permits, continue. It's so much fun and I get a story!