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


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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Friday, July 13, 2018

Hope by Warren Bull

Hope by Warren Bull



Image from http://pixabay.com
Note: This seems like a good date for my blog
Some years ago a military training exercise for new recruits in the Alps seemed destined for disaster. Weather conditions deteriorated in a sudden and unexpected way. A severe blizzard was predicted to last a week. The veteran sergeant who had been in charge of the group broke his leg. A helicopter crew risked increasing winds and turbulence to reach and evacuated him. There was no way to bring the recruits in or to get experienced solders to them before the storm hit.
The blizzard raged for ten days. Search groups expecting to recover the bodies of the recruits found them together moving toward a pass that would lead them off the mountains. One of the men found a map in his pack. Together they worked out where they were on the map and where they could look for a way down the mountain. They stayed together and cooperated, sharing what food they had and sheltering in a cave for the worst of the storm. Then they had a common goal and set out with determination to achieve it.
Later one of the rescuers examined the map. He found it was a map of the Pyrenees, a different mountain range entirely.
The men had no leader, no accurate idea when or even if rescuers might find them and the map they were following could not possibly lead them to safety. But they had the three basic components that make up hope.
First, they believed that they would succeed. Second, they had a specific goal, i.e., to get down the mountain safely. Third, they knew the path they took would lead them to their desired outcome, which it did, although in an unexpected way. They saw themselves as young, healthy and determined. They used what little training they had. Rather than focusing on the obstacles they faced, worrying about the consequences of failure or lamenting about what they did not have, they had the mindset, the will and the determination to press ahead.
You might ask: How does that apply to me? I am not stuck on a mountaintop in a blizzard. I am slogging through a tough time.
The principles are the same. You can explore the options you have. You can remember and appreciate what is going well in your life. You can remember other difficult patches and what helped you then. Maybe some of what was helpful before would work for you now.
Who is a positive influence on your life? Can you get with that person not to complain but to experience happiness and to tap into the energy you feel when you are together?
What are you passionate about in terms of making the world a better place? If you get outside the room in your head that is occupied by problems and into a place where you are doing something for a cause greater than yourself, you will feel better. You can get better perspective about your problems versus the world’s problems. You can plant a seed, knowing you will not see it come to full flower, but knowing that people in the future will be able to build from your efforts.
Write, dance, sing, paint or create through whatever way works for you.
“No hope?
Look up into the stars
Or down into a baby’s face
And tell me there is no hope…”
— Ann Weems

10 comments:

Annette said...

Beautiful and timely message, Warren. Thanks.

Margaret S. Hamilton said...

Thanks, Warren, I needed to read this today.

Jacqueline Seewald said...

Warren,

Thank you for this positive blog and message. We all need hope in our lives.
I always loved Emily Dickinson's poem "Hope is the thing with feathers."
It does soar.

E. B. Davis said...

Wonderful story and application, Warren. Those are the messages everyone needs to read.

Linda Rodriguez said...

Such a timely message, Warren! Thank you!

Kait said...

What a great blog! I remember reading the story someplace, Warren. Always inspirational.

Larry Chavis said...

A great message, and timely. Thanks.

KM Rockwood said...

A reminder that sometimes out reality is what we make it.

Gloria Alden said...

A wonderful blog, Warren. I've certainly had problems in my life, but in time things got better,
and in the overall time of my life, life has been good to me. Mostly, I don't let things that go wrong keep me from still having a positive view of my life and how lucky I've been over the years compared to so many other people.

Susan Oleksiw said...

Good story and even better message, Warren. I'm always inspired when I read about people coming together and working for a common goal in tough times.