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January Interviews
1/1 Sherry Harris, Sell Low, Sweet Harriet
1/8 Barbara Ross, Sealed Off
1/15 Libby Klein, Theater Nights Are Murder
1/22 Carol Pouliot, Doorway To Murder
1/29 Julia Buckley, Death with A Dark Red Rose

Saturday Guest Bloggers:
1/4 Lisa Lieberman
1/11 Karen McCarthy
1/18 Trey Baker

WWK Bloggers: 1/25 Kait Carson, 1/30 E. B. Davis

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Congratulations to our writers for the following publications:

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.


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.

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. It is now also available in audio.

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Thursday, May 2, 2019

Procrastination

Sometimes I wonder how my mystery novels get written. That's because it usually takes me most of a day to sit down and write those pages. I've yet to miss a deadline, but I'm about to reveal a big secret: I get nervous each time I sit down at the computer, click on Word, and start composing.

I'm not sure why this is the case, after so many years of writing novels. Is it because I'm afraid that I won't have anything to say? Or am I worried that something outrageous will pop out unexpectedly? Such concerns, when so far neither has ever happened. In the first case, I've yet to run out of words. In the second, I really like when my characters surprise me. I give their conversations and actions free rein and rarely remove them from the manuscript.

So why the procrastination? Why do I stop in midsentence to read the email that just zinged its way into my mailbox? Think it's time to check the newspaper or Facebook? Or feel the urge to make that phone call that can certainly wait until I'm finished writing for the day?

Of course, there are times when I'm in the writing zone and happy to remain there oblivious of distractions. My fingers fly as the words materialize before me and the story moves along. I suppose this happens when small but necessary details have been worked out in my mind and I'm free to move on quickly and efficiently.

I've come to understand that some of my procrastination is necessary. When I need to figure out how to segue into the next scene; or decide how, when and where two characters will meet, I turn from the screen to look through my mail or go downstairs for a drink of water. I might even respond to an email or check that evening's TV schedule. And when I return to my Work In Progress, the solution I've been seeking is clear in my head. While I was procrastinating, my mind was busy on a subliminal level  figuring out many answers for me.

And so I'll continue to work the way I do. Because the pages get written, the manuscripts get done.  

3 comments:

Margaret S. Hamilton said...

I've learned not to push creativity. I walk the dogs or weed the garden and a way forward usually occurs to me.

KM Rockwood said...

Great thought. If I'm having trouble, I sometimes stop writing & go to bed early (I tend to write in the evening, when I don't have as many other responsibilities that need attention) and wake up the next morning with new ideas. Then I hurry to get them written before I move on with the rest of my day.

The subconscious mind is amazing, and sometimes mine needs free rein.

Warren Bull said...

You have to coax the muse. She cannot be commanded.