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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.


Friday, June 7, 2019

Is It Dangerous To Write? By Warren Bull

 Is It Dangerous To Write?  By Warren Bull

Image from Jens Johnsson on Upsplash

I believe writing is a way to open yourself, your deepest thoughts, desires, and fears to people who don’t know you and don’t give a damn about you personally. Everyone who reads what you wrote is free to attach whatever individual issues they have to your writing to attribute the result to you. Good writing leaves the author with nowhere to hide. I’ve been accused of being a hide-bound conservative and a flaming radical, being too smart and too stupid, and being out of touch due to my sheltered ivy-tower position, although I’ve never had an academic job. 
I’m not the only author who feels this way.

Man and Superman

“It is not merely enough to love literature if one wishes to spend one's life as a writer. It is a dangerous undertaking on the most primitive level. For, it seems to me, the act of writing with serious intent involves enormous personal risk. It entails the ongoing courage for self-discovery. It means one will walk forever on the tightrope, with each new step presenting the possibility of learning a truth about oneself that is too terrible to bear.” 
Harlan Ellison, Brain Dreams

“I like dangerous writing. I think for the most part we could use a little more danger in writing.  This might be why I love reading books that are banned or people think should be banned.  I am just that girl you tell me I can’t do something or not to read something and I will read it and decide on my own. Although this may be more the result of being an adult child of pretty well educated hippies so as much as I love the good music, good writing, I also love a good sit in, protest or freedom ride.” 

Caitlin Hennessey, First Step Out

“The invention of writing gave people the luxury of thinking apart from the tribe without the concern of those thoughts disappearing. As reading and writing became available to more and more people, the community was no longer needed to retain teachings, traditions, or identity. And because the tasks of reading and writing often encourage being alone, tribes and communities can be fractured as people spend greater amounts of time in private. This isolation creates the conditions necessary for a strong sense of individualism to emerge. In pre-literate societies, a person’s identity is bound to the tribe; the notion of the individual has little importance.
However, the technology of writing, regardless of content, weakens and even destroys tribal bonds and profoundly amplifies the value of the individual.”

Shane Hipps, Flickering Pixels

When you get alone, this is where brilliance happens. You start pondering and dreaming and remembering. You look inwardly, examining your life and thoughts and deepest-held beliefs. And you may question them. You may even dismiss them. This is why writers are dangerous. This is why we must temper our questions with being grounded in some central truths that guide our life. Because it is not always enough to question authority. You have to follow something bigger than yourself — you must commit yourself to an ideal, a perfect standard by which you measure your life. Otherwise, you’re just another punk writer.
 Jeff Goins, The Art Of Work

“You can’t straighten up during writing and then hunch back down when you let go of the pen.  Writing can teach us the dignity of speaking the truth, and it spreads out from the page into all of our life, and it should.  Otherwise, there is too much of a schism between who we are as writers and how we live our daily lives.  That is the challenge: to let writing teach us about life and life about writing.  Let it flow back and forth.”
Natalie Goldberg, Let The Whole Thundering World Come Home

What do you think?


KM Rockwood said...

Deep thoughts, Warren. I suspect many writers haven't plumbed the depths of why we right and the possible consequences nearly as thoroughly as most of these people have.

Margaret S. Hamilton said...

Good point, Kathleen. And excellent set of quotes, Warren. I like dangerous cooking and dangerous writing.

Susan said...

What do I think? I think writing helps us explore what it means to be human. Love your quotations, Warren.

E. B. Davis said...

When I first started writing, I thought it was dangerous to write, but then as I grew as a writer, I realized that that was okay. It made me vulnerable, but I stopped caring. No one will always agree with you or your take on reality, but that doesn't mean it isn't just as authentic or valid as anyone else's perspective.

Gloria Alden said...

Interesting blog, Warren. I agree with Susan and E.B. Davis. Earlier in my life I was an artist and then I started writing. I find writing to be even more rewarding than the paintings I did.