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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


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6/05 Samantha Downing

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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!

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Thursday, March 19, 2020

Sudoku—My Go-To Relaxer by Marilyn Levinson

Whenever I feel the need to take a breather between activities or a respite from the Coronavirus news, I plop down in my recliner and reach for a Sudoku puzzle. I am not a math person by any means, but doing Sudoku soothes me and probably lowers my blood pressure as well. A Sudoku puzzle consists of nine squares set in one large square. Eighty-one possibilities, though some numbers are filled in throughout the puzzle as clues. Your job is to fill in the blank spaces to that every small square, every horizontal and every vertical line includes the numbers 1 to 9. Only one answer is possible for any one spot.

I can't explain why this activity is both a challenge as well as a calming experience, only that it is so. In fact, in the many years that I've been doing Sudoku, I have often wondered if it's an addiction. Sometimes I even choose it over reading, my favorite activity. After writing fiction, of course. Somehow, putting the right number in its allotted spot gives me the sense there's order in the world.

As a multi-tasker, I often do Sukoku while watching television or talking on the phone.
I love the ripple effect of filling in one square, which often leads to finding other numbers for other squares. Kind of like when you solve a plotting problem that enables you to move on with the book you're writing.

Sometimes I wish life fell into place in an orderly manner like a Sudoku puzzle. Other times, when I've screwed up a puzzle or can't finish it, I wonder why I've been wasting my time on filling in a series of numbers when I could have been reading or even — writing. But then I remind myself that I can't be productive every waking minute of the day. And admit the benefits I get from doing Sudoku are worth the time and effort as I reach for another puzzle.

9 comments:

Annette said...

I'm glad you've found something to soothe you, Marilyn.

Jackie Layton said...

Hi Marilyn,

I include Sudoku puzzles in the third book of A Low Country Dog Walker Mystery series. I just finished the rough draft this week, and I learned a lot about sudoku.

Thanks for sharing!

Margaret S. Hamilton said...

Agreed. If Sudoku takes your brain to a different place, it's an excellent diversion. I take long walks and weed my garden.

Debra H. Goldstein said...

It's funny.. as soothing as you find Sudoku, simply looking at a square ready to be done is just the opposite for me.

Marilyn Levinson said...

Annette, Jackie, Margaret and Debra, Thanks for stopping by this morning. These days we all need something to calm our nerves.

Jackie, interesting that you've included Sudoku in your latest mystery.

KM Rockwood said...

I like sudokus, but not the really hard ones. The best thing about them is that you have all the information you need to successfully complete the puzzle, if you try hard enough, you'll always get to that happily-ever-after ending. Eventually.

Kait said...

I'm learning sudoku by baby steps - it is fun, but so challenging and I can't imagine multi-tasking it! You rock! Crossword puzzles are my go to. Always have a book of Sunday New York Times puzzles at hand for downtime.

Marilyn Levinson said...

Kathleen,
And you can always move on to another puzzle.

Kait,
I have a very old (yellowing pages) colection of NY Times Sunday puzzles. I hardly go there any longer. All those esoteric words I wonder if they still include in crossword puzzles.

TL TL said...

I do sudoku while listening to, half-watching, episodes of "Murder, She Wrote". For some reason, those two activities go well together. And the bonus is that there are so many episodes of the show that by the time I reach the last one, the first one will seem brand new again !