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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


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


Friday, August 10, 2018

Secret Pleasures and Hidden Gems by Warren Bull

Secret Pleasures and Hidden Gems by Warren Bull

Talk of rebooting Buffy the Vampire Slayer television series has me remembering how much the original series was a secret favorite of mine. Once you accepted the concept, which I have to admit was tough for those not into vampires, demons and such, the writing was great switching between humor, angst, identity and friendship themes. What made it especially interesting to me were a lot of inside jokes about therapy and there was even a villain named Warren. Show creator, Joss Whedon, was willing to experiment. Several episodes mixed in social commentary and teenage angst. Quite a few were funny. I could count on being surprised. There was one musical episode and one absolutely terrifying episode without any dialog at all.

Another secret pleasure of mine was watching some of the plot lines on professional wrestling. One wrestler changed from a pseudo-pimp to a righteous goody two shoes and railed against the “immorality” of the other wrestling characters. A female wrestler who resembled Sarah Palin was referred to as “Gov.” She took other women wrestlers through the wringer making comments about politics. The best part of the story lines managed to satirize aspects of society and poke fun at the business it was in.

I thought of Kermit the Frog on The Muppet Showas a Chekhovian hero trying to wrest order from a chaotic world. His valiant failure never dampened his stubborn optimism even though he knew his efforts were futile.  

Tom Hanks went from doing Shakespeare in a summer festival to a bit part in a horror movie before he got a leading role in a short-lived comedy series (1980-1982) Bosom Buddies. He and Peter Scolari played two broke friends who dressed in drag so they can live in a cheap apartment building that only allowed women tenants. The premise was totally unbelievable, I know. The show commented on absurd gender stereotypes and discrimination in a way that was far ahead of its time. Part of the pleasure for me was watching the improvisation between Hanks and Scolari. They had a real chemistry.  The show attracted enough attention that Hanks was able to start his movie career.

An even shorter-lived series, Police Squad, lasted only six episodes in 1990 but it starred Leslie Nielson with smart and funny wordplay plus visual gags like the writers, Jim Abrahams, David Zucker and Jerry Zucker had used in the movie Airplane. Nielson had been a successful actor for decades playing leading men and then villains. In Airplane he played hapless character of Dr. Rumack. For Police SquadNeilson developed the character of Detective Frank Drebin who bumbles through life inadvertently solving crimes as he creates chaos for those around him without even noticing. Nielson’s deadpan delivery worked for him through three Naked Gun movies. And apparently inspired his “autobiography” with claims about the three Oscars he “won” and his torrid “affair” with Elizabeth Taylor. 


Debra H. Goldstein said...

Love your secret pleasures, Warren. Many of them bring back enjoyable memories of past shows. I wonder if any of them subliminally influenced your short story writing because a lot of them showed wit and style.

Margaret S. Hamilton said...

My secret pleasure is a recent one: Suspects, a British crime drama show focused on three investigators with three different approaches to solving crimes. The episodes are short, with resolution at the end, focused on the evidence at hand (CCTV footage instead of DNA). Very much like a short story.

We've moved on to Fortitude, which takes place on an island north of the Arctic Circle. Setting as a character assumes primary importance with more polar bears than people.

Grace Topping said...

Thanks, Warren, for sharing your secret favorite programs. My favorites are British detective shows on PBS--at least the less violent ones. "Midsomer Murders" is right up there with my favorites. How can you not be intrigued by a program with beautiful scenery and at least four murders per episode.

Kait said...

Oh I miss Police Story! Only six episodes? That surprised me, and I know I saw them all. Now you've made me sorry I never watched Buffy. The show title put me off and I never gave it a chance. My loss. Is there a lesson there for book titles? Hummmmmmm.

Gloria Alden said...

Warren, I don't remember watching any of those shows. My favorite shows were like Grace Toppings on PBS like Downtown Abby and some other shows after that was done. There was one I really liked that I can't remember the name of. It was about a handsome young man who was a detective I think.Later it will come back to me. There were as a mystery series I really liked, too, and Father Brown who is still on PBS. But I think they're repeats now.

KM Rockwood said...

.What fun to have such different shows be "secret pleasures!"

I have to admit I never saw any of them.

I will have to give some thoughts to what "secret pleasures" I have hidden in my past.