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

September Interviews

9/2 Dianne Freeman, A Lady's Guide to Mischief and Murder

9/9 Ellen Byron, Murder in the Bayou Boneyard

9/16 Marilyn Levinson, writing as Allison Brook, Checked Out for Murder

9/23 Rhys Bowen, The Last Mrs. Summers

9/30 Sherry Harris, From Beer To Eternity


September Guest Bloggers


9/19 Judy Alter


WWK Weekend Bloggers

9/5 V. M. Burns

9/12 Jennifer J. Chow

9/26 Kait Carson













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For The Love Of Lobster Tales by Shari Randall is now available to download free for a limited time. Go to Black Cat Mysteries at: https://bcmystery.com/ to get your free copy! Thanks for the freebie, Shari.


Keenan Powell recently signed with agent Amy Collins of Talcott Notch. Congratulations, Keenan!


KM Rockwood's "Secrets To The Grave" will appear in the new SinC Chesapeake Chapter's new anthology Invitation To Murder, which will be released by Wildside Press on 10/6.


Congratulations to our two Silver Falchion Finalists Connie Berry and Debra Goldstein!


Paula Gail Benson's "Cosway's Confidence" placed second and Debra Goldstein's "Wabbit's Carat" received Honorable Mention in the Bethlehem Writers Roundtable 2020 short story contest. Congratulations, Paula and Debra!


Susan Van Kirk's Three May Keep A Secret has been republished by Harlequinn's Worldwide Mystery. The WWK interview about the book can be accessed here. We're so glad another publisher picked up this series.


KM Rockwood's "Burning Desire," and Paula Gail Benson's "Living One's Own Truth," have been published in the anthology Heartbreaks & Half-truths. Congratulations to all of the WWK writers.


Please join Margaret S. Hamilton's Kings River Life podcast of her short story "Busted at the Book Sale" here. Congratulations, Margaret!

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Monday, September 24, 2018

A Mind Like A Steel Sieve by Nancy Eady

I have a mind like a steel sieve.  Coupling that with an innate tendency toward absent-mindedness causes interesting results.  Odd, random facts pop up from the depths based on something I read or studied years before or just yesterday.  At work, I am the institutional memory, since a) I’ve been there since the law office first opened in 1991, b) there’s a good chance I might find the brief, complaint or discovery request we did in 1995 if the asker can give me facts about the case and it was one I worked on, and c) no one else seems to be able to do it. 

On the other hand, I have returned to the den from the kitchen (five steps) to re-ask such burning questions as “did you say you wanted Cream of Chicken or Vegetable Beef soup for lunch?”  I’ve caught myself searching for my glasses more than once while wearing them.  One time I visited the drive-through at Wendy’s for lunch.  I was really irritated when the line didn’t move for five minutes.  At least, I was irritated until I realized that I was waiting behind a parked car instead of the drive-through line.

Occasionally, I leave the house knowing I need to go to Store A and “wake up” ten minutes later to realize I sailed past Store A five minutes ago.  A similar phenomenon occurs with groceries.  I leave the house to go to the grocery store because I need butter.  I return to the house thirty minutes later with one hundred dollars’ worth of groceries, but no butter.  When I’m writing, I keep the names of the major characters straight without too much trouble, but in the writing zone where my fingers dance over the keyboard with a mind of their own, I might insert the name of a minor character with a moniker such as “Judge _______” or “Greg/Bill” and check their true identity later. 

One of the few memory things I am truly good at, for some odd reason, is numbers.  Not numbers as in arithmetic, but numbers associated with such things as Social Security, driver’s licenses, and telephones.  I remember such numbers easily after only a few uses.  I may be the only person left in America who dials phone numbers rather than punching a button on my contacts.  It’s easier using the number I already know without having to find the contact. 

When I reach a number I don’t know yet, the memory process becomes fascinating.  Say, for example, that I have a new phone number I dialed in the morning and then in the afternoon tried to dial from memory.  Without exception, when I get the number wrong, I’m only off by one digit (for example, a 6 instead of a 7) or I’ve transposed two numbers (1-8 instead of 8-1).  My guess is that my brain is close to storing the information, but hasn’t finished yet.   

My absent-mindedness and steel sieve tendencies still kick in from time to time even with numbers.  The best candidates for number malfunctions are numbers I’ve known for a long time, but haven’t used for a while.  For example, once I forgot the PIN number to my ATM card because, for whatever reason, I hadn’t used the ATM for a while.  (This was in the days before debit cards, when all ATM cards let you do was retrieve money from the ATM.)  I kept trying to remember for months, but finally broke down and called the bank to get a new number.

The other memory task I’m superb at is books—plots, authors, and titles.  I love reading and remember the titles and author’s names of books I enjoyed.  Such literary memory storage is useful when I’m trying to locate old favorites I read from the library years ago to keep at my house.  All such quests are part of the pre-Kindle era, but a few remain uncompleted.

So what type of memory do you have?    Short or long?  Strong or weak?  Facts, numbers or people’s faces?  Let me hear from you! 

17 comments:

Jim Jackson said...

My line is that I have always had a mind like a steel trap; unfortunately now the darn thing is mostly rusted shut.

Margaret S. Hamilton said...

I remember what I need to know: library card numbers, the model and year of my car, my SSN. My children's birthdays. The key ingredients in the meals I cook over and over again.

Paula Gail Benson said...

Nancy, I love this post! I find my memory works like waves, sometimes they flow easily to the beach and sometimes it takes a bit for them to crest before drifting forward.

KM Rockwood said...

My memory, never good, is slipping even more as I get older.

I had another point I wanted to make, but I forget what it was.

Vicki Batman, sassy writer said...

Names escape me at times. I do better with numbers too. And movies. LOL

Warren Bull said...

I have a junk drawer memory, remembering all sorts of useless stuff, what I need - not so much,

Kait said...

Love this post. I have a photographic memory - I do need to turn the camera on, it is visual, not aural, and since I had dengue fever in the 1970s, it is not always reliable for numbers. Go figure.

Shari Randall said...

Oh, Nancy, this is so me - except for the remembering numbers thing. I do much better with anything written. I've gotten so used to walking into another room to get something, then forgetting what that something was, that now it doesn't bother me - I just chalk it up to more exercise!

Gloria Alden said...

Nancy, I had to laugh about the glasses. I'm always searching for mine and often find them on top of my head, too.

As for being forgetful, I put it down to my age which has just filled my brain up with far too many things over the years.

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