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June Interviews

6/3 Gretchen Archer, Double Trouble
6/10 Kaye George, Deadly Sweet Tooth
6/17 Annette Dashofy, Til Death
6/24 Adam Meyer

Saturday Guest Bloggers

6/6 Mary Keliikoa
6/13 William Ade
6/20 Liz Milliron

WWK Bloggers:

6/27 Kait Carson
6/30 WWK Writers--What We're Reading Now


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!

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, and Annette Dashofy for Best Contemporary Novel--her fifth nomination! All are winners but without Agatha Teapots. Onto 20121!

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."

Grace Topping's second novel in Laura Bishop staging series, Staging Wars, was released by Henery Press on April 28th. Look for the interview here from April 29th.

Kaye George's second novel in the Vintage Sweets mystery series, Deadly Sweet Tooth, was released on June 2. Look for the interview here on June 10.

Annette Dashofy's 10th Zoe Chambers mystery, Til Death, will be released on June 16th. Look for the interview here on June 17.

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!


Monday, May 20, 2019

Marie Kondo's Decluttering Technique and Writing

Marie Kondo’s Decluttering Technique and Writing by Debra H. Goldstein
Recently, I read several articles and saw a piece on the Today show referencing Marie Kondo’s “spark of joy” Konmari decluttering technique. From the interview with Jenna Bush Hager about how to clean her daughter’s room, I gleaned, without actually reading either of Kondo’s books, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up – The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing or Spark Joy: An Illustrated Master Class on the Art or Organizing and Tidying Up, that one should gather all items by category, drop the clothing or objects on the floor in a pile, pick each one up, and keep the item only if it sparks joy. If one feels guilty about never having worn or hardly ever used an object that is being held, one should thank it for the joy it gave in the past or for teaching one what doesn’t work for its holder, and then toss it.
Although my entire house needs decluttering, which would be in line with Kondo’s requirement that the purge of clothing or whatever not be isolated to a single space, I decided to try a modification of her concept when my standalone computer crashed on the Friday of Passover/Easter weekend. While the technician kept me on the phone as he reinstalled, via remote control of my computer, every program I ever downloaded or purchased, I started with my desk. During the hours he worked, I was amazed how I filled a garbage can with things I previously thought I needed.

Computer fixed, I realized I was hooked on purging. Contrary to Kondo’s directive, I addressed only my closet. From blouses to black tie attire, I spent six hours holding every piece and contemplating how it made me feel. If it sparked joy, it stayed. If it didn’t, it was gone. I filled five bags of blouses, skirts, pants, suits, and pocketbooks to donate to a local charity.

As my husband helped me load the bags in my trunk, I realized both my modified decluttering technique and Kondo’s is very much like the essential rule of revision recommended for writers – when you write, you must be willing to cut your darlings. Words, when drafted, originally may have seemed beautiful, but often shouldn’t be kept in the final piece. When you revise, how do you make the determination whether your darling words spark joy in you or should be thanked and deleted?


Margaret S. Hamilton said...

If words move the plot forward, they stay. Otherwise, they end up in a recycling file for a future project.

Debra H. Goldstein said...

Agree, but it is so hard! Some days, I like them all.... but I have to be a big girl and use the technique.

Jim Jackson said...

I come from good New England stock: you know, the kind of people who build an extension on the barn to save things that might possibly be used some day, maybe. And who knows what is in the first three sections of the barn since it’s so cluttered only a child could fit in the spaces.

That said, I have found pleasure in providing some of my stuff to others for their enjoyment when I haven’t used it in forever.

KM Rockwood said...

When I set myself to work to de-clutter, am always amazed at some of the things I own. I face the fact that someone, sometime, deliberately acquired this stuff. What were we thinking?

Marilyn Levinson said...

I've been decluttering these past few months, ever since I had my house painted—and that included the closets. I discover there's always more clothing, etc. to get rid of. I'll delutter my WIP when I've finished writing it.