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October Interviews
10/2 Debra H. Goldstein, Two Bites To Many
10/10 Connie Berry, A Legacy of Murder
10/17 Lida Sideris, Double Murder or Nothing
10/23 Toni L. P. Kelner writing as Leigh Perry, The Skeleton Stuffs A Stocking
10/30 Jennifer David Hesse, Autumn Alibi

Saturday Guest Bloggers:
10/5 Ang Pompano
10/12 Eyes of Texas Anthology Writers
10/19 Neil Plakcy

WWK Bloggers: 10/26 Kait Carson


Congratulations to our writers for the following publications:

Lyrical Press will publish Kaye George's Vintage Sweets mystery series. The first book, Revenge Is Sweet, will be released in March. Look for the interview here on 3/11.

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.

KM Rockwood's "Frozen Daiquiris" appears in The Best Laid Plans: 21 Stories of Mystery & Suspense, edited by Judy Penz Sheluk. The anthology was released on June 18th.

Fishy Business anthology authors include KM Rockwood, Debra Goldstein, and James M. Jackson. This volume was edited by Linda Rodriguez.

Please read Margaret S. Hamilton and Debra Goldstein's short stories (don't ask about their modus operandi) in a new anthology, Cooked To Death Vol. IV: Cold Cut Files.

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

Grace Topping's mystery, Staging is Murder was released April 30.


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.