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October Interviews

10/07 M.E. Browning, Shadow Ridge

10/14 Alexia Gordon

10/21 Adam Meyer

10/28 Barbara Ross, Jane Darrowfield and the Madwoman Next Door

October Guest Bloggers

10/03 Kathleen Kalb

10/17 S. Lee Manning

10/31 Sharon Dean

WWK Weekend Bloggers

10/10 Jennifer J. Chow

10/24 Kait Carson


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!


Tuesday, May 7, 2019

My BIG News!! by Carla Damron

I have news. Big news. I will be retiring next month after a thirty-five year social work career.

Truthfully, I “retired” once before when I left my state job at the Department of Mental Health eight years ago. Two months later, I was working again as the executive director of our local National Association of Social Workers chapter. (Yeah, that was a retirement fail.) That “part-time” job has been a fascinating journey; it allowed me to focus on training and advocacy, two things that are very important to me.  

I joined others fighting for stronger anti-human trafficking laws in SC. We WON that one!

My husband, Jim Hussey, and me at "Take it Down" Confederate flag rally

 With a few thousand like-minded people, I protested the Confederate flag and stood in the state house lobby when our governor signed the law to have the flag removed from the Statehouse grounds.  This was the best way we could honor the memory of those lost in the massacre at the Mother Emmanuel AME Church in Charleston. It didn’t erase that tragedy of that hate crime, but it helped us begin to heal.

Speaking at press conference in support of gun control legislation 

For every advocacy success, though, we’ve had several failures. We still don’t have Medicaid Expansion in SC. Our education system is broken, and a swath of SC (thirty-six horrifically underfunded rural schools) is considered the “Corridor of Shame.” Protecting Women’s Reproductive Rights is a constant struggle.

And it’s pretty much okay to own lots of guns, including assault weapons, and carry them anywhere.

(Here I am with fellow advocates at a press conference for gun control legislation)
While I’m retiring from my social work career, I won’t retire from BEING a social worker. As we say in our field, social work isn’t what you do, it’s who you are. For example, I’m not giving up my advocacy work. I belong to several organizations that battle for gun safety legislation, for voting rights, and for even better human trafficking laws.  Also, I hear there’s an election coming up next year. I might have an opinion or two about who should run our government.

One thing retirement will offer: more time to write. I have several stories knocking at the door to my brain, ready to be told. I can’t even imagine a life in which writing time isn’t something squeezed in between other obligations. And of course, nearly all my writing deals with social issues, so there’s that “I’m always a social worker” thing rearing its head again.

One thing retirement won’t offer: more time to vacuum. Sorry, husband. 

Oh—one other thing I plan to do. We’re getting a new kayak, and that baby needs some time in the water. Picture me afloat, under a big floppy hat, book in hand …. Ahhhhh.
Retirees, what tips do you have for me?


Margaret S. Hamilton said...

congratulations and enjoy every minute!

Jim Jackson said...

My one suggestion is to take at least six months and not accept an of the "things-you-need-to-do offerings" suggested to you by well-meaning friends with their own agendas.

And if #2 doesn't stick, that's not problem. It took Jan's father three times!

carla said...

Thanks Margaret~ And GREAT suggestion, Jim.

KM Rockwood said...

Jim's right. When I retired (mind you, I retired early because of serious health issues; I couldn't walk across a room without sitting down to rest) I had a few friends who were sure I needed projects to fill my time, and tried to get me to participate in their chosen project/volunteer opportunities, etc. They were all great ideas, but not for me.

As in any major lifestyle change, it's going to take you a while to find out what you need to do to enjoy your retirement and be comfortable.

Have a great retirement, and happy writing!

Gloria Alden said...

I've been retired for twenty years now and love it. I like that you're working on the gun issue. With so many people being killed by killers going into a place where there are multiple shootings something has to put an end to that.