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June Interviews

6/02 Terrie Moran, Murder She Wrote: Killing in a Koi Pond

6/09 Connie Berry, The Art of Betrayal

6/16 Kathleen Kalb, A Final Finale or A Fatal First Night

6/23 Jackie Layton, Bag of Bones: A Low Country Dog Walker Mystery

6/30 Mary Keliikoa, Denied

Saturday WWK Bloggers

6/12 Jennifer J. Chow

6/26 Kait Carson

Guest Blogs

6/05 Samantha Downing

6/19 Lynn Johanson


E. B. Davis's "The Pearl Necklace" will appear in the new SinC Guppy anthology The Fish That Got Away to be released in July by Wildside Press. The anthology was edited by Linda Rodriguez. It will be released on June 21st.

Paula Gail Benson's monologue "Beloved Husband," from the perspective of Norton Baskin the second husband of Marjorie Kinan Rawlings (who wrote The Yearling and Cross Creek), appears in the Red Penguin Collection's An Empty Stage (released March 28, 2021).

Martha Reed's "Death by GPS" will appear in the Spring 2021 issue of Suspense Magazine, which will be released in the second week of April. Congratulations, Martha!

Susan Van Kirk has a new audiobook, A Death at Tippitt Pond, that will be released this month. Marry in Haste will be released in May by Harlequin Worldwide Mystery, as will Death Takes No Bribes in September. Congratulations, Susan.

Congratulations to Martha Reed. Her short story, "The Honor Thief" was chosen for the 2021 Bouchercon Anthology, This Time For Sure. Hank Phillippi Ryan will edit the volume, which will be released in August at the time of the convention.

Margaret S. Hamilton's short story, "Killer Weeds," appears in the January 20 edition of Texas Gardener's Seeds: From Our Garden to Yours. Congratulations, Margaret, who, if you follow Facebook know, is a superb gardener herself!

Congratulations to Paula Gail Benson whose "Reputation or Soul" has been chosen for Malice Domestic 16: Mystery Most Diabolical anthology to be released this spring.

KM Rockwood's "Stay Safe--Very Safe" appears in this year's 2020 BOULD anthology. Congratulations, KM!

Annette Dashofy signed with agent Dawn Dowdle of the Blue Ridge Literary Agency. Congratulations, Annette!


Monday, August 26, 2019

A Special Week by Nancy L. Eady

This week is the first week of college football. Except for either the Miami Hurricanes or the Florida Gators, who played Saturday, every football team in the NCAA’s Division One is undefeated. The possibilities this week are limitless; every team’s fans dream of a trip to a bowl game, a conference championship and a national championship.

In the South, the SEC and ACC are the biggest Division One conferences. Otherwise mild-mannered, rational people are preparing for five months of shouting encouragement and advice to their team of choice while watching the game on television, convinced that via the magic of the airways they will help their team win. The same people are also pulling out lucky shirts from their closet or preparing other rituals that they believe will tip the balance of a close game in favor of their team. Weddings, birthday parties and other such occasions are scheduled around teams’ schedules. 

Beyond private (in the living room) or public (at the football stadium) shenanigans, the enthusiasm affects personal relationships. My sister attends a national conference in Chicago every fall. On the Saturday night of that conference, a group of fellow Southern women gather with her in the hotel bar for supper where they can watch whichever games are on. Their cheers and groans, depending on the status of their team, rock the bar.

My husband and I are proud Auburn Tigers fans, as is most of our family. Sadly, a few misguided family members root for the other team. If you’re wondering who “the other team” is, your education about SEC college football is about to begin. At Auburn, “the other team” is the football team at the University of Alabama. Ours is a rivalry for the ages. The Iron Bowl where the two teams meet for the last game of the season, shuts down much of the state and leads to (mostly) friendly jests between the two sides.

The Auburn-Alabama rivalry is not the only great rivalry in college football. There are other intrastate rivalries, such as Florida-Florida State or Georgia-Georgia Tech, and interstate rivalries, such as Ohio State -Michigan or Texas - Oklahoma. The single greatest football rivalry plays out every year with the Army-Navy game. I lived in Annapolis during pre-school while my father was stationed at the Naval Academy. I was in fifth or sixth grade before I understood that the Army and Navy exist to fight enemies of the United States rather than each other.

 No matter which team is yours, enjoy the dreams of championships dancing in your head before cruel reality snatches them away. I know I’m looking forward to mine, at least until Saturday when Auburn plays Oregon. And should your football dreams fail you during 2019, remember the college football cry throughout the ages, “There’s always next year!”


Margaret S. Hamilton said...

Ohio is college football country, and with the Bengals, Browns, and nearby Colts and Steelers, NFL country.

But SEC football season is a whole 'nother world. We saw the car flags flying on Fridays and Saturdays when we moved to Atlanta. Prompted by our kids, we quickly learned all the traditional rivalries. We bought them UGA t shirts for pep Fridays. I had friends who traveled to every single football game all season: Auburn, Bama, UGA, Old Miss, USC.

UCincinnati, Xavier, and OSU just aren't the same.

Shari Randall said...

I went to a very small New England college and we didn't even have a football team. I love seeing these big school rivalries. Enjoy it, Nancy!

KM Rockwood said...

It was high school, not college, but I can remember those crisp Saturday afternoons in the stands, wearing a pleated wool plaid skirt and a fuzzy sweater that picked up one of the colors in the wool, and cheering on the team. We usually lost, but it didn't seem to matter.

Kait carson said...

Go Canes! As a UM graduate I'm very familiar with football rivalries. I think you've inspired me to have a homecoming kickoff party. Thanks, Nancy!