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February Interviews

2/5 Heather Weidner, Glitter, Glam, and Contraband
2/12 Rhys Bowen, Above The Bay of Angels
2/19 Elizabeth Penney, Hems & Homicide
2/26 Annette Dashofy, Under The Radar

Saturday Guest Bloggers:
2/1 Valerie Burns
2/8 Jeannette de Beauvoir
2/15 Kathryn Lane

WWK Bloggers: 2/22 Kait Carson, 1/28 & 1/29 Special Interviews with Agatha Nominees by Paula Gail Benson


WWK is proud of our four Agatha nominees. Kaye George for Best Short Story--not her first time to be nominated, Connie Berry and Grace Topping for Best First Mystery Novel (wish they weren't having to compete against each other), and Annette Dashofy for Best Contemporary Novel--her fifth nomination!

Congratulations to our writers for the following publications:

Look for Kaye George and Margaret S. Hamilton's short stories in the new Mid-Century Murder by Darkhouse Books. Kaye's story is "Life and Death on the Road" and Margaret's story is titled "4BR/3.5BA Contemporary."

Kaye George's first novel in the Vintage Sweets mystery series, Revenge is Sweet, will be released on March 10th. Look for the interview here on March 11.

Grace Topping's second novel in Laura Bishop staging series, Staging Wars, will be released by Henery Press on April 28th. Look for the interview here on April 29th.

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.

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


Sunday, August 11, 2019

There Seems to Be Some Confusion

by Kaye George

Writing is hard. Some aspects of it are hard, some are harder. Homophones don’t help anything.

I came across this article a while ago. It stresses that you can spell everything correctly and still be wrong. For example, being throne for a loop isn’t quite right. The examples here are excellent, but I want to take it a step further.

There seem to be some words that befuddle even editors of Big Five publications. I’ve read about characters pouring over papers more than once. (It would be better if they pored over them! That way the papers stay dry.) 

These are two completely different things: bare arms and bear arms. One belongs either in a clothing description or a sex scene. The other belongs in a scene with weapons. The arms are spelled the same, but aren’t the same thing. The bear/bare needs to be right so we know which arms we’re talking about.

These two are a bit tricky: accessary and accessory. The first is a person who helps commit a crime. The second is something that helps complete an outfit. For even more confusion, that first one is used in Britain, but in the US, they are exactly the same word, both accessory.

Another pair is capitol and capital. In a capitol building, people pass legislation. It can be spelled with a capital letter. Inside the Capitol building in D.C. (that’s the one you capitalize) is where laws are created. In state capitol buildings, laws regarding capital punishment are decided. Even worse, Springfield is the capital of Illinois, which allows it to have a capitol building, which was built after raising the capital to do so. The O type capitol is only for buildings, if that helps.

One last confusing pair: principle and principal. The principal of the school is the one who enforces the principles of discipline. I keep this one straight by envisioning a friendly principal, one who is a pal.

If you love this subject, here’s just the link for you: http://www.singularis.ltd.uk/bifroest/misc/homophones-list.html

photos from morguefile by LiaLeslie, lisasoloninko, nightfall


Annette said...

Homophones are the bane of my existence! Some spellings I "think" I know only to be called out by a critique buddy or editor, at which point I pound my head on my desk. Other spellings I absolutely know (they're, there, their or you're, your) but my fingers type too fast for my brain and put down the wrong one. When someone points out my error, I pound my head on my desk. Yes, homophones are responsible for much bruising on my forehead.

Susan said...

I discovered the longer I taught high school English, the more homophones I marked. Now I think I occasionally use one wrong in empathy with all those writers.

Grace Topping said...

My mind knows the difference between most homophones. It's my fingers that get confused.

Kait said...

I'm with Grace, my mind knows, my fingers, not so much. What's worse is when the eyes see the expected spelling and gloss over the error. Head bruising ensues!

Kaye George said...

I agree with some of you. I catch (or sometimes don't catch) myself typing the wrong "your" when my brain knows the difference! Frustrating.

KM Rockwood said...

Two brake onto righting, wee way and sensor hour wards. Much is at steak.

Kaye George said...

Funny, KM!!
But you said "steak" and now I'm hungry.

Rosemary Poole-Carter said...

Oh, Kaye! Your post brought back a memory for me of my standing in front of my high school English class, writing a sentence on the chalkboard as the teacher dictated it. I heard--and wrote--"in choir" as my classmates began to laugh behind my back for my not having written "inquire." Homophones are my nemesis!

Kaye George said...

Rosemary, you can't be blamed for that--they sound exactly the same! My humiliating moment in high school English class was reading a passage aloud and mispronouncing "disheveled". I had read it plenty of times, but never heard it and I said dis-heeveled. That got a laugh, too.

E. B. Davis said...

In the mindful throes of a first draft, I put on the page "isle" for "aisle." I'm hell on homophones! I had never heard the word non sequitur spoken so I rhymed it to gator. Guess not.

Kaye George said...

E. B., mispronouncing is the bane of readers. We've SEEN all the words, just never heard them.