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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

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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

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Sunday, February 9, 2020

Celebrating


I’ve always believed we writers need to celebrate every accomplishment. Let’s face it, we suffer a lot of rejection in this business. Our critique group hates the latest chapter. Rejection emails or total silence from the dream agent we queried. Series canceled by our publishers. Scathing one-star reviews from readers. The list goes on.

We develop thick skins and stop taking criticism personally (sometimes). But the best way to deal with the downs of the writing life is to celebrate the ups.

Finished that troublesome chapter? Have some chocolate. Get a request for pages from an agent? Have some wine. Get an offer of representation? Pop the cork! Sign a 3-book contract? Dinner and champagne, baby!


I just turned in the manuscript for my 10th book this week. Met my deadline. You’d think this would earn a trip to Tahiti! I admit, in past years, I’ve scheduled a much-earned vacation (usually to New Mexico) right after a deadline. But this being February, New Mexico being cold right now, and the travel budget in rather abysmal shape, I’m staying home.

My celebration was to be on a smaller scale. I planned to clean my house and get my tax prep done early.

Woo hoo! Do I know how to have fun or what?

In all honesty, my house is a disaster, since I’ve been holed up in my office at my computer for long days of writing and polishing. I’m looking forward to corralling the dust bunnies and decluttering.

(I never look forward to working on my tax stuff.)

But even my minimalist celebration has been put on hold. I had a filling done before Christmas and the resulting sensitivity never really cleared up. In the last week of my rush to deadline, “sensitivity” morphed into “brain-piercing pain.” Instead of blissfully dusting and vacuuming, I spent the day after my deadline in a dentist's chair. The day after that, I had a root canal.

Tax stuff sounds like a picnic by comparison.

The good news is I can once again drink hot coffee without crying in agony. The bad news is I still have some minor “bone soreness” to deal with and a return trip to the dentist for a permanent filling in my future.

Not the celebration, even small, that I had planned on.

Fellow writers and readers, what do you do to celebrate life’s accomplishments? And do you have any suggestions on how I can celebrate turning in my 10th book and surviving a root canal?


18 comments:

Grace Topping said...

Ten books!! Congratulations, Annette. That’s an amazing accomplishment. Sorry about the root canal. I’ve been there, and the pain before the procedure was worse than natural childbirth.

Margaret S. Hamilton said...

bubble bath and movies

Annette said...

Slightly different area though, Grace! Haha!

Margaret, YES! And books, of course!

Patg said...

Well, I cruise, but that's me. Some suggestions: a well earned shopping trip to a store for a personal item that makes you feel good. That sparkling beverage pictured (I won't use the French term, so American or Italian are great) with a nice dinner, or, my all time stay in town favorite, s massage!

Donnell Ann Bell said...

I'm so sorry New Mexico is out! I would have come up and met you! Rats! I've never thought about celebrating even the smallest accomplishments (good idea). I already treat myself to lots of coffee, so I guess it's not a good idea to up that. My doctor is telling me now when I feel the urge to stress eat, I should dance. So here's an idea, Annette, when things go your way. DANCE. Gives new meaning to HAPPY DANCING. Congratulations on completing book 10. I thought you were a star years ago; you've mega-succeeded that one star into five! Take that one-star reviews!

Annette said...

Pat, a massage sounds soooo good right now. If you look closely, that sparkling beverage is actually sparkling cider!

Donnell, Left Coast Crime is in Albuquerque next year. Just sayin'. Also, I dance a lot. I keep Body Groove dance videos open on my computer while I work. When my Fitbit buzzes to tell me I need to move, I stand up and click play!

But I also eat!

KM Rockwood said...

Survival techniques (not necessarily productive):

Nap extensively

Drink heavily

Of course, you need to get done with what you have to do before using these!

Annette said...

Hahaha! Napping extensively is absolutely at the top of my survival technique list, KM!

Warren Bull said...

Congratulations! Chocolate!

Kait said...

Whoo hoo! Congratulations on book 10. That is a major accomplishment. Sorry about the root canal and hope you are feeling better.

How do I celebrate? A night out or hubs will grill dinner. He makes the best steak and last time he made lobster tails. Yum.

Cynthia Sample said...

You are a rock star! 10 books. Woo hoo. I can emphasize with the tooth pain. I had a toothache (nerve issue) for 2 months. The doctor finally put on a temporary crown. Pain got worse. I went to an endodontist. 90 minutes into the root canal he told me he couldn't save the tooth. Two days later it was pulled and still hurt for a month. Glad you're feeling okay. You definitely need to celebrate now!

Annette said...

Thanks, Warren! YES, chocolate is my go-to for celebration or soothing wounded souls in the case of failures too!

Kait, can I come to dinner the next time he does lobster???

Thank you, Cynthia. And OUCH. You poor thing! My DH had a wisdom tooth pulled last fall (while I was in Dallas for Bouchercon!) and had some long-lasting pain from it too. I'm very grateful that my root canal seems to be healing nicely.

Anonymous said...

Annette, Indulge for one night at Nemocolin! You’ve earned it! Have a great meal, a glass or two of wine, hit the spa...if TEN books doesn’t deserve that, I don’t know what does!

Best,

Jodi

Annette said...

Jodi, that sounds like an awesome idea. Probably won't happen, but it sounds awesome!

Susan said...

Congratulations on your book completion. I hope you'll be able to celebrate pretty soon. I discovered endodontists for root canals. What a difference a specialist makes!

Susan

Annette said...

Susan, absolutely! That's who I went to!

Polly Iyer said...

Congratulations on finishing your tenth book. I can think of better ways of celebrating than sitting in the dentist's chair. Anything sounds like more fun than that. I've always said that my teeth have helped every dentist I've ever had gather a down payment for their summer home. The good part is YOU'VE FINISHED YOUR TENTH BOOK!

Annette said...

Thanks, Polly! And sorry for your contributions to those summer homes. I bet the ingrates don't even let you spend any time in them either!