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June Interviews

6/3 Gretchen Archer, Double Trouble
6/10 Kaye George, Deadly Sweet Tooth
6/17 Annette Dashofy, Til Death
6/24 Adam Meyer

Saturday Guest Bloggers

6/6 Mary Keliikoa
6/13 William Ade
6/20 Liz Milliron

WWK Bloggers:

6/27 Kait Carson
6/30 WWK Writers--What We're Reading Now


Susan Van Kirk's Three May Keep A Secret has been republished by Harlequinn's Worldwide Mystery. The WWK interview about the book can be accessed here. We're so glad another publisher picked up this series.

KM Rockwood's "Burning Desire," and Paula Gail Benson's "Living One's Own Truth," have been published in the anthology Heartbreaks & Half-truths. Congratulations to all of the WWK writers.

Please join Margaret S. Hamilton's Kings River Life podcast of her short story "Busted at the Book Sale" here. Congratulations, Margaret!

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, and Annette Dashofy for Best Contemporary Novel--her fifth nomination! All are winners but without Agatha Teapots. Onto 20121!

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."

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

Kaye George's second novel in the Vintage Sweets mystery series, Deadly Sweet Tooth, was released on June 2. Look for the interview here on June 10.

Annette Dashofy's 10th Zoe Chambers mystery, Til Death, will be released on June 16th. Look for the interview here on June 17.

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!


Friday, May 8, 2020

I Just Ran Out of Ways to do it Wrong by Warren Bull

I Just Ran Out of Ways to do it Wrong

Image from public domain pictures dot net

With time on my hands recently I managed, finally, to put up a little musical on a YouTube channel that I had written the lyrics for. I am not computer savvy to say the least. After many attempts and repeatedly learning what would not work, I got the songs up.  If you like political humor and you are not fond of the current administration, you could check out my offerings at: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCiuQDd_7cHhEgRTcnvzinHA

But besides making a blatant attempt to get attention, my point is that I succeeded once after hours of work and dozens of failures. To my way of thinking, I did not so much figure out how to do it as run out of ways to fail.  I remember that when writing my first published short story it took me about as long to get the first paragraph right as to write the rest of the story. I kept getting closer and closer to what I needed it to say. At last I had a paragraph that had nothing essentially wrong about it. 

Although people sometimes describe me as smart, I believe the characteristic that has served me best during my life is my persistence. I kind of like that. I am not responsible for my genetics or the household that I grew up in that fostered reading and curiosity. I am responsible for trudging through tasks I do not understand and searching for ways to get the outcome I want.

I don’t discount the many advantages of being a white male born into a rising middle-class family. I was, as the saying goes, born on third base. I wasn’t even aware of the privileges built into the way things were until fairly recently.

Still, it is the quality of refusing to stay with the obvious failures when the safer and saner route would be to spend time and energy in a different direction that I believe sets the professional apart from the amateur. Better writers than I am have given up before they succeeded.  The same with YouTube.

In a much greater and more important event, Winston Churchill said,
“Never give in. Never give in. Never, never, never, never–in nothing great or small, large or petty–never give in, except to convictions of honour and good sense. Never yield to force. Never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.”


Margaret S. Hamilton said...

great songs! Thanks for posting.

E. B. Davis said...

An important message, Warren. Thanks for saying it and for the Churchill quote!

KM Rockwood said...

They are wonderful! I'm glad you didn't give up.